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Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

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Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

Turkish Forces Bomb Kurdish Positions

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The Turks have entered the conflict in Syria. Unfortunately for the United States, it’s not on the side we would prefer.

Air War In Syria Not Exactly Going As Planned

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So far at least, the air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria do not seem to be having much of an impact.

Turkey Refusing to Fight ISIS Right on Its Border

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A massacre is about to unfold “a stone’s throw” from Turkey’s border.

Sweden Will Recognize Palestine

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Sweden is set to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

U.S., Afghanistan Sign Agreement To Keep 10,000 U.S. Troops In Country Past 2014

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U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan for at least the next three years.

Yemeni Rebels Seize Portion Of Capital

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While the world pays attention to Syria and Iraq, Yemen is once against lurching into chaos.

Israel’s ‘Secret’ Nukes

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Everyone knows that Israel has had nuclear weapons for decades. Don’t tell anyone—it’s a secret.

Iran And The U.S. On The Same Side Against ISIS?

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Iran and the United States are on the same side in the fight against ISIS, whether they like it or not.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition Seems To Exist Only In His Mind

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Despite the President’s assurances of an international coalition, the rest of the world doesn’t seem all that interested in joining the fight.

King Abdullah Warns the West

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Is the West next in ISIS’s crosshairs?

Gaza Cease Fire Extended, But Prospects For Bigger Peace Deal Seem Dim

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The two sides in Gaza keep extending the humanitarian cease fire, but remain miles apart on the major issues dividing them.

Nouri Al-Maliki Agrees To Step Aside

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has apparently agreed to abandon his bid to stay in power: BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Thursday night said he agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, a move that came after days of crisis in which Mr. Maliki’s deployment of extra security forces around the capital […]

Despite Pressure, Malaki Unwilling To Step Aside In Iraq

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Iraq continues to appear to be headed toward a political crisis, notwithstanding the fact that everyone seems to be trying to pressure Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside: BAGHDAD — Iran’s supreme leader threw his weight behind Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister Wednesday, but incumbent Nouri al-Maliki denounced efforts to oust him as “a […]

Arming The “Good” Syrian Rebels Would Not Have Prevented The Rise Of ISIS

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Dispelling a rising myth,

The Case Against American Action In Iraq

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Iraq’s problems cannot be fixed by the United States.

Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

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President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

Gaza Truce Ends As Hamas Refuses To Extend Humanitarian Ceasefire

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Well, it was nice while it lasted.

As Gaza War Winds Down, What Happens Next?

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The war in Gaza seems to be winding down, but the underlying issues remain.

Republicans Block Additional Funds To Israel For Iron Dome Over Deficit Concerns

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In a move you don’t see everyday, Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would have increased aid to Israel, specifically directed to the Iron Dome anti-missile shield, because of concerns about the deficit: In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies. A last-ditch effort to […]

72 Hour Gaza Ceasefire Collapses In Less Than Two Hours

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A glimmer of hope in Gaza is quickly snuffed out.

Despite International Pressure, Israeli Public Supports Netanyahu On The War In Gaza

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The Israeli public if overwhelmingly behind the war in Gaza, and that means it will probably continue for awhile.

Taliban Making Gains In Afghanistan

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As Afghanistan’s political factions continue to squabble, there are some indications that the Taliban are having some success on the battlefield: MAHMUD RAQI, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain […]

Americans Divided On Israel’s Actions In Gaza

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A new poll shows that Americans are divided over Israel’s actions in Gaza, but this most likely will not impact relations between the two countries.

U.S. Evacuates Embassy In Tripoli Amid Renewed Violence

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Add Libya to the list of the world’s trouble spots.

Afghan Political Deal Falling Apart?

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It was just about two weeks ago that the various political faction in Afghanistan seemingly resolved the crisis that had developed in the wake of a Presidential election that was clouded in allegations of fraud with a political deal that would result in changes to the way Afghanistan’s government works. Now, though, it appears that […]

Israel Rejects Temporary Cease Fire Plan As Gaza Conflict Continues To Rage

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Hopes for a temporary respite in the Gaza conflict faded away today.

F.A.A. Halts Flights From U.S. To Israel For 24 Hours

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The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights from the U.S. to Israel for 24 hours in response to a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers […]

Iran’s Nuclear Program And The Incentives Created By U.S. Policy

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George Will has come under criticism for pointing out what seems to be an undeniable fact.

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

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Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

Israel Begins Ground Operations In Gaza

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The next phase of Israel’s attack on Hamas has begun.

Hamas Rejects Egyptian Cease Fire Deal Israel Had Accepted

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An effort yesterday to bring about a cease fire in Gaza came to naught when Hamas rejected the proposal.

It Looks Like Nouri Al-Maliki Has Lost The Kurds, Assuming He Ever Had Them

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Iraq continues to fall apart.

Israel Intensifies Attacks On Gaza, Hints At Ground Invasion

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Things look to be going from bad to worse in Gaza.

Egypt Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Leader To Life In Prison

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The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian Court: The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohamed Badie, was sentenced on Saturday to life in prison for inciting violence in street protests last year, an Egyptian television channel reported. Egypt’s ONTV reported that the presiding judge, Hassan Farid, said […]

Well, So Much For That Unity Government In Iraq

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At least for now, it doesn’t appear that efforts to form a unity government in Iraq are going anywhere: BAGHDAD — Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of the Iraqi Parliament on Tuesday, imperiling efforts to form a new government in the face of a bitter offensive by Sunni militants. After the […]

Israel Hits Hamas In Response To Discovery Of Dead Teenagers

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Not surprisingly, the discovery late yesterday of the bodies of three dead teenagers, one of whom holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, has lead to retaliation against Hamas: The Israeli air force has launched a series of air raids on the Gaza Strip, hours after the bodies of three settlers were found in the occupied […]

The Return Of Ahmad Chalabi?

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With the political future of Iraq in the balance, an old name with a tarnished past is reemerging:  BAGHDAD — He took millions of dollars from the C.I.A., founded and was accused of defrauding the second-biggest bank in Jordan and sold the Bush administration a bill of goods on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. […]

Sarajevo and Europe, 100 Years Later

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A century later, the shots fired in Sarajevo 100 years ago still echo.

Egypt Sentences Three Journalists To Prison

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In yet another sign of just what the future of Egypt is likely to look like, three al-Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to prison for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood: CAIRO — A judge on Monday convicted three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in Egypt. […]

Maliki Responding To Iraq Crisis In Worst Possible Way

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Iraq’s Prime Minister seems to be responding to the uprising in his country in a way guaranteed to make it worse.

U.S. Moves To Evacuate Some Embassy Personnel From Baghdad

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The United States plans to evacuate some personnel from the massive, sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: ERBIL, Iraq — The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced […]

Insurgents Continue Advance Toward Baghdad

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It’s sure beginning to look like a civil war in Iraq, albeit a rather one sided one at the moment.

As Militants Advance, Iraqis Look To U.S. For Help

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The Iraqi government seems to be panicking.

Insurgents Linked To Al Qaeda Capture Iraq’s Second City

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Things only seem to be getting worse in Iraq.

El-Sisi Takes Office As Egypt’s New “Elected” President

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The General who led the military coup that overthrew President Mohammed Morsi last July is now Egypt’s President: CAIRO — Egypt’s former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in on Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation that has been roiled by deadly unrest and an […]

New Dictator Wins Egyptian Presidential Election

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Different name, same result in Egypt.

Meet Egypt’s New Military Dictator

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a name we’re likely to be seeing in the news for some time to come.

Ukrainians Head To The Polls, Except In The East

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Ukrainians are voting today in the first national elections since the pro-Russian Government of former President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled amid public protests that filled the streets of Kiev and others cities, but a large part of the country may not be voting at all: KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian voters streamed to the polls on Sunday […]

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