Trouble Brewing in Egypt

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by Paul R. Pillar  With U.S. attention toward the Middle East being recently focused on such matters as warfare in Syria and Iraq and on the relationship with Saudi Arabia, little attention span is left over for the relationship with… Continue Reading  

The Fall of Mosul

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Marches of Folly by James Russell Painful as it is to watch black clad Sunni extremists marauding their way through Mosul — a city that Americans died defending — we should all be required to take a dose of the… Continue Reading  

Saudi Anger Masks Concern About Loss of Influence

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by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News Saudi Arabia’s public anger against the United States masks the kingdom’s growing concern about its diminishing influence in the Persian Gulf and the wider Arab world. It has nothing to do with U.S. policy… Continue Reading  

Capturing al-Libi Could Prove Costly

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by Wayne White This weekend’s US capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai’I, better known by his alias, Anas al-Libi, might net only limited information of current intelligence value while potentially resulting in militant Islamist payback in what remains a very… Continue Reading