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Report Finds Gulf States Unstable Despite Resource Wealth

Nov 18, 2014 at 16:06 | Claude Salhani

Sectarian and ethnic tension, religious violence, and terrorism threats appear to be rising trends in the Gulf region according to a new study on the state of security in…

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Islamic State Looks To Mediterranean To Continue Oil Operations

Nov 04, 2014 at 17:49 | Claude Salhani

There is serious concern that the battle for control of Syria by the group calling itself the Islamic State may soon shift from the mountainous region where the fight for…

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How Safe Are Turkey’s Oil And Gas Pipelines?

Oct 30, 2014 at 18:16 | Claude Salhani

Bashar Assad is a man of his word. In 2011, when the civil war began in Syria, President Assad delivered a promise to the international community and a threat to…

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Kurds Are The Last Line Of Defense For The West In Kobani

Oct 21, 2014 at 17:02 | Claude Salhani

While still a predominant factor in the war being waged by the Islamic State, oil is taking a back seat as the full brunt of Middle East-style politics is unleashed…

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Kurds Are “Fighting For America” Against Islamic State

Oct 14, 2014 at 15:37 | Claude Salhani

The group known as the Islamic State, also often called by its former name, ISIS, (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), has established itself as the world’s largest, most ruthless…

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Islamic State Battles Kurds Over Border Town To Maintain Oil Trade

Oct 08, 2014 at 18:00 | Claude Salhani

Islamic State militants have been fighting for the past week for control of a key town straddling the Syrian-Turkish border. A victory by IS in Kobani, better known in…

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‘Moderate Iran’ Still Only After One Thing

Sep 25, 2014 at 16:28 | Mansour Kashfi

Iranian Oil, Gas and International SanctionsThe Iranian petroleum industry was a very effective organization before the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)…

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Azerbaijan’s Geopolitical Importance Goes Beyond Oil and Gas

Sep 23, 2014 at 17:56 | Claude Salhani

The Middle East is being consumed by some of the worst violence in its history, caused by Arabs themselves amidst unprecedented cruelty and destruction. At the rate the fighting is…

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Oil: A Blessing And A Curse For The Middle East

Sep 17, 2014 at 14:50 | Claude Salhani

What exactly is at stake in the battle for control of the Middle East, other than the obvious -- the region’s abundant oil and natural gas? And why is it…

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Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

Sep 09, 2014 at 17:01 | Claude Salhani

For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from…

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