1. Iraq’s Maliki Refuses to Stand Down After Successor Named

    Iraq’s president asks Haider al-Abadi to form a new government but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to stand down.

    Forces loyal to Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki took to Baghdad's streets on Monday after the prime minister refused to make way for his designated successor. Earlier in the day, President Fuad Masum -- a veteran Kurdish politician who was appointed…
  1. America Intervenes in Iraqi Civil War, Reluctantly

    President Barack Obama orders airstrikes but is reluctant to get deeply involved in Iraq’s sectarian conflicts.

    Almost three years after withdrawing all American troops from Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered targeted airstrikes against militants in the north of the country and said in an interview the United…
  1. Supported by Iraqi Air Force, Kurds Battle Islamists

    In a remarkable turnaround, Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki supports a Kurdish offensive against radical Islamists insurgents.

    Kurdish militia attacked Islamist fighters southwest of their regional capital, Irbil, in the north of Iraq of Wednesday, backed, for the first time, by central government forces. Thousands of Kurdish insurgents from neighboring Turkey and Syria attacked troops from…
  1. Protective Edge and Israel’s Security Doctrine: A Change in Principle?

    Although the current operation in Gaza differs from previous wars, the principle of taking the offensive still has merit for Israel.

    Although it may be premature to judge whether Israel or its enemies in Gaza have gained the most from the recent fighting there, some preliminary conclusions can be drawn as the conflict appears to be winding down. These conclusion pertain mainly to the military aspects of the operation…
  1. Israel Launches Gaza Ground Offensive Against Militants

    Israel sends infantry and tanks into the Gaza Strip to end rocket attacks and destroy tunnels used by terrorists.

    Israel expanded its military operations against Gaza militants late on Thursday, sending infantry and tanks into the coastal enclave from which hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israeli cities and towns in recent weeks. The purpose of the ground offensive is not to topple Hamas,…
  1. Tripoli Airport Attacked as United Nations Pull Staff from Libya

    Fighting intensifies, forcing the closure of Tripoli’s international airport and convincing the United Nations to pull out.

    Security deteriorated in Libya on Monday when a rocket attack forced the closure of Tripoli's international airport and the United Nations evacuated their staff from the country. Fighting also intensified in the eastern city of Benghazi, the hotbed of the 2011 uprising against…
  1. Amid Gaza Strikes, Netanyahu Rules Out West Bank Withdrawals

    The Israeli prime minister says he is not prepared “to create another twenty Gazas” in the area Palestinians claim for their own state.

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday ruled out withdrawing forces from the West Bank, a key demand by Palestinians who hope to establish the core of their own state there. "At present we have a problem with the territory called…
  1. With Protective Edge, Israel Changes Strategy Against Gaza Militants

    The operation marks a shift designed to lower Israel’s political costs. But has it already played into Hamas’ hand?

    As Operation Protective Edge enters its fourth day, it is unclear when and how it will come to an end. Yet some clear observations can already be made as to how the…