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Geopolitics / Middle East

Will Syrian Oil Developments Mirror Libya's?

Apr 17, 2013 at 17:04 | Daniel J. Graeber

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said in an April 7 message that Syrian opponents of Bashar Assad should work to establish an Islamic state. Civil war, now in its third year,…

Syria: When is Enough, Enough? When the Oil becomes “Islamized!”

Apr 16, 2013 at 17:05 | Claude Salhani

The "cruelty and carnage" in Syria, is how the situation in that country has been described in a rare joint statement by the chiefs of five UN organizations. The statement…

Iraq-Jordanian $18 billion pipeline – Reality or Fantasy?

Apr 15, 2013 at 17:01 | John Daly

The Middle East is not renowned for thinking small, especially in terms of energy projects.The Jordanian and Iraqi media are announcing, amidst great fanfare, an agreement to…

Kurds Seize Oil Initiative in Iraq

Apr 11, 2013 at 17:08 | Daniel J. Graeber

Crude oil from the semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq has reached the international market for the first time. Oil was ferried by truck across the northern Iraqi border to Turkey…

Targeting Iran's Energy Sector Isn't Working

Apr 10, 2013 at 17:08 | Daniel J. Graeber

Asian consumers are expected to help the Iranian oil sector recovery briefly this month. The U.S. State Department in March lauded Japan for its "significant reductions" in crude oil exports,…

Bahrain Places Hezbollah on Terrorist List

Apr 09, 2013 at 16:50 | Claude Salhani

The tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain became the first Arab country to place the Shiite Lebanese movement, Hezbollah, on their terrorist list earlier this week. It is a rather bold…

TURKEY-IRAQI KURDISTAN: Another Step Towards Kurdish Independence

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:09 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The call for peace by Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has a new tone that recognizes the potential for an independent Kurdistan in…

TURKEY-ISRAEL: Energy Cooperation Prospects Boosted by Israeli Apology

Apr 01, 2013 at 10:56 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A deal in the works for a Israel-Turkey pipeline that would transport Levant Basin gas to Turkey under the Mediterranean comes one step closer to realization with an…

US Training Rebels in Jordan: Get the Story Straight

Mar 27, 2013 at 17:42 | Charles Kennedy

US media are now reporting what everyone else has known for some time: American special forces are helping train Syrian rebels on Jordanian territory, despite the fact that radical jihadists…

When Oil Revenues Go Awry

Mar 26, 2013 at 18:12 | Claude Salhani

By now it is no great secret that the small, but vastly rich oil and gas producing state of Qatar is playing a major role in supporting and financing opposition…

Iran’s Oil and Gas will not Protect its Rogue Islamic Regime Anymore

Mar 22, 2013 at 19:54 | Mansour Kashfi

The oil industry of Iran has now been brought into partial ruin and decay. This dilapidated state of Iran’s oil industry is a clear reflection of corruption within the governing…

IRAQ: Flashpoint Nineveh

Mar 22, 2013 at 15:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Dueling dynamics of the conflict in Syria and the brewing oil and gas conflict between the Iraqi central government and the Iraqi Kurds are creating another dangerous frontline…

Syria Chemical Attack Raises Sinister Questions

Mar 20, 2013 at 18:19 | Charles Kennedy

The Syrian regime claims that rebels have launched a chemical attack on the strategic northern city of Aleppo, killing 25 people and wounding dozens more, while rebels claim the attack…

Iran Deploys New Warship in Caspian Sea

Mar 18, 2013 at 13:01 | Charles Kennedy

Now that Iran has made the high-profile deployment of a guided missile destroyer in the Caspian Sea, its neighbors should all be “happy” at the major advancement in regional security.…

New Breach in the Sanction Wall?

Mar 13, 2013 at 18:01 | Claude Salhani

The announcement earlier this week of an agreement between Iran and Pakistan to build a pipeline between the two countries has ruffled some feathers in Washington where the Obama administration,…

Reshaping the Syrian Battlefield

Mar 04, 2013 at 17:01 | Felix Imonti

As the war in Syria moves into a third year, there are serious concerns that the violence will spread throughout the Middle East.  No one seems to have the answer…

Turkey’s Dreams of Being Energy Hub Strengthened by PKK Negotiations?

Mar 04, 2013 at 16:56 | John Daly

While the western media remains largely fixated on the existential Iran nuclear threat and the gory slow-motion Syrian civil war, other momentous events are occurring in the world’s most volatile…

IRAN-IRAQ: Pipeline to Syria Ups Ante in Proxy War with Qatar

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:24 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Iraq’s agreement to allow Iran to build a pipeline through its territory and on to Syria is in direct competition with Qatar’s similar designs for a Syria pipeline…

Could Iraq Blow its Oil Opportunity?

Feb 18, 2013 at 17:25 | Daniel J. Graeber

Militants in Iraq targeted a 16-inch fuel oil pipeline from the country's largest refinery last weekend. The attack forced the country to ship fuel oil by road through the northern…

DPRK Test Nuclear Weapon Destined for Iran

Feb 18, 2013 at 17:10 | Gregory R. Copley

All intelligence indicators received and processed by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs show that the nuclear weapon tested by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK: North Korea) on February 12,…

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