1. Analysis Confirms Suspicions Assad Helped Islamic State

    Analysis of Syrian counterterrorism operations confirms the regime is avoiding fighting the Islamic State.

    Analysis from the Jane's Information Group released earlier this week confirms suspicions that the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have mostly left the Sunni radicals of the Islamic State to their own devices…
  1. Britain to Set Up Permanent Middle East Base Again

    Britain sets up a military base in Bahrain, its first permanent presence in the Middle East in forty years.

    Britain is due to set up its first permanent military base in the Middle East in four decades, ministers announced on Friday. Under an agreement with the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain, facilities at Mina Salman will be expanded to accommodate aircraft carriers, destroyers…
  1. With Mubarak Acquitted, Egypt’s Arab Spring Is Over

    The former strongman’s acquittal shows Egypt has turned back to the clock to before the Tahrir Square uprising.

    Nearly four years ago, on January 25, 2011, millions of brave and patriotic Egyptians took over the streets of Cairo and demanded a change in the way they were governed. "The people want the fall of the regime"…
  1. As Deadline Nears, Obstacles to Iran Nuclear Deal Remain

    Negotiations have yet to resolve the security dilemmas that underpin Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Iran and world powers are almost certain to miss Monday's deadline for a deal to resolve the country's twelve-year standoff with the West over its nuclear ambitions. The most likely…
  1. Iraq, Turkey Bury Hatchet in Face of Islamic State

    Threatened by Islamist militants, Iraq and Turkey say they will improve intelligence and security cooperation.

    Iraq and Turkey said on Thursday they would improve intelligence and security cooperation in order to battle the Islamist militant group that calls itself the Islamic State. The announcement marks a turnaround in relations between…
  1. Houthis Endorse Government as South Yemen Prepares to Secede

    Having subdued one insurgency in the north, Yemen is confronted with the possibility of secession in the south.

    Shiite Houthis from the north of Yemen endorsed a new government last week after months of fighting but separatists in the former South Yemen remain determined to break away from the country. According to a report in the Yemen Times, the Southern Movement…
  1. Algerian President Hospitalized as Strike Points to Power Struggle

    Abdelaziz Bouteflika is released from a French hospital as cracks appear in his country’s secretive regime.

    Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was released from a French hospital on Sunday after a two-day stay, according to the BBC, at a time of rising unrest in his North African country. Earlier, the Reuters news agency and a local French newspaper reported that Bouteflika was…
  1. Obama Announces Offensive Against Islamic State

    The president says sending additional troops signifies a shift from a defensive to an offensive strategy.

    President Barack Obama said on Sunday sending an additional 1,500 American troops into Iraq signified a shift from a defensive to an offensive strategy against the radical Islamist group that calls itself the Islamic State. In an interview with CBS News' Face the Nation,…
  1. Some Good Might Come of the Islamic State

    The Islamic State’s fanaticism might mark the complete and final failure of political Islam.

    The Iraqi and Syrian fanatics who call themselves the Islamic State are quite possibly the most brutal and murderous lot political Islam has produced, at least in living memory. But the ordeal they have wrought on everyone who doesn't their zealotry could have a…