1. Egypt’s Sisi Sees Regional Islamist Threat, Promises to Support Iraq

    The former army chief seems to realign Egyptian foreign policy back in favor of its traditional Sunni allies and the United States.

    President Abdul Fatah Sisi promised Egypt's full support for Iraq's embattled government on Tuesday, his office said, days after warning that the Middle East was being "destroyed" by radical Islamists. While the extent of Egypt's support for…
  1. Iraq’s Kurds, Accused of Backing Insurgents, Demand Maliki Step Down

    The leader of Iraq’s Kurds calls the premier “hysterical” for accusing them of harboring radical Islamists.

    The leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government demanded Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's resignation on Thursday after the premier had accused the Kurds of harboring radical Islamists who have declared an independent caliphate in the northwest of the country. Maliki "has…
  1. Israel Retaliates After Gaza Rocket Strikes, Escalation Seems Unlikely

    Israel’s latest air war in Gaza will probably end just like the previous two did: in a tenuous ceasefire.

    In November 2012, the last time the Israeli Defense Forces had to conduct a massive military operation in the Gaza Strip, the campaign against the militant group Hamas lasted eight long days. When all was said and done, over one hundred Palestinians were dead, Gaza's already…
  1. Preliminary Afghan Voting Results Suggest Widespread Fraud

    According to preliminary presidential election results, far more Afghans turned out to vote in the second round than did in the first.

    Preliminary results released on Monday from Afghanistan's presidential election seemed to give credence to candidate Abdullah Abdullah's claim that voter fraud had been committed to favor his rival, Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah and Ghani emerged as the frontrunners from…
  1. Iran Says Pilot Died in Iraq, Confirming Military Presence

    Iran seems to confirm it deployed jet aircraft to support the Iraqi government in announcing the death of a military pilot.

    Iranian state media reported on Saturday that an Iranian pilot had been killed in Iraq, apparently confirming rumors that the Shia power deployed fighter jets to the country last week in support of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government. Maliki, a Shia…
  1. Egypt Cuts Fuel Subsidies in Effort to Reduce Deficit

    The austerity measures mark a break with the stopgap economic measures Egypt’s two previous governments enacted.

    Egypt's government cut fuel subsidies overnight on Friday, increasing the price of gasoline and natural gas by over 70 percent and triggering scattered protests across several of its major cities. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab defended the move as necessary to shrink the nation's high fiscal deficit. "The…
  1. Obama Escapes Nixon Treatment for Holiday Bombings

    Leftists condemned the 1972 bombings of North Vietnam but hardly criticize Barack Obama’s drone strikes in Yemen.

    In the fall of 1972, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and a North Vietnamese peace delegation led by Lê Đức Thọ reached a preliminary peace agreement in Paris that would eventually lead to the end of the Vietnam War, at the time America's longest war. Kissinger…
  1. Ukraine Recaptures Rebel Stronghold After Signing European Treaty

    Days after finalizing an association agreement with the European Union, Ukraine’s forces retake the city of Sloviansk.

    Ukrainian forces took control of Sloviansk on Saturday, a city in the east of the country that had been held for months by separatists seeking to join Russia. Ukrainian officials touted the army's victory as a major step forward in their attempt to pacify southeastern Ukraine…