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Geopolitics / Middle East

Pakistani Supply Route Blockade Puts ISAF Forces at Risk

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:48 | Global Intelligence Report

Last week, in apparent retaliation for NATO’s cross-border air strikes on Pakistani territory, which were conducted without advance discussions with Pakistani officials, Islamabad imposed a blockade on NATO’s Afghan supply…

Iran’s Decision to End Loss Making Oil Swaps Could Reduce its Influence in the Caspian Region

Oct 07, 2010 at 10:07 | IWPR

Three months since Iran’s oil ministry announced it was ending an import deal with three Caspian states, future plans remain unclear. The ministry announced in June that it would not…

Reconnecting Afghanistan to the Rest of the World - Against US Interests

Oct 06, 2010 at 09:50 | Open Democracy

Afghanistan was not always the abyss it’s thought to be today. If it is to be stabilised, it needs to resume its position as a transit between its many neighbours.…

Pakistan Blocks Vital Supply Route for NATO Troops in Afghanistan

Oct 04, 2010 at 13:13 | RFE/RL staff

Pakistan has blocked a vital supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, apparently in retaliation for an alleged cross-border NATO helicopter strike that killed three Pakistani troops. Officials…

Iran’s Option In Case Of Attack On Its Nuclear Facilities

Sep 26, 2010 at 10:18 | Global Intelligence Report

Sources in the Gulf region report that Iran is preparing for a possible attack by Israel and/or the United States on one or more of its nuclear production units by…

Has the Iraq Surge Been a Success

Sep 20, 2010 at 08:22 | Claudio Guler

The US formally ended combat operations in Iraq on 31 August. The country remains without an elected government and many commentators in the media have questioned whether a return to…

Will Extracting US forces From Iraq Require Going To War With Iran?

Sep 15, 2010 at 12:54 | Claude Salhani

First, the U.S. could never under the current circumstances in Iraq fully withdraw all its troops as long as Iran continues to run interference in Iraqi domestic affairs.  A premature…

The Middle East Falling out of Love With Obama

Sep 07, 2010 at 10:46 | ISN Security Watch

Only fifteen months after his historic Cairo speech, there are alarming signs that President Obama’s new engagement policy with the middle east may soon find its place in history’s dustbin.…

Iran Promotes it’s Interests in War Ravaged Afghanistan

Sep 06, 2010 at 08:11 | Open Democracy

As the endgame in Afghanistan begins to take shape, Iran has undertaken a series of political manoeuvrings to promote its interests in the war-ravaged country. By increasing its influence, the…

UN Sanctions on Iran Empowering the Revolutionary Guard

Sep 03, 2010 at 09:05 | Open Democracy

The increasingly militarised confrontation between the United States, Israel and Iran only strengthens the Ahmadinejad regime's intransigence, allowing it to side step an ongoing crisis of legitimacy. While the fourth…

Electricity Shortages in Iraq

Sep 01, 2010 at 11:38 | ISN Security Watch

As US combat troops leave Iraq this month, one of the problems left behind is a critical shortage of electricity for ordinary Iraqis. The problem used to be blamed on…

The US Exit Strategy from Afghanistan: Credible Afghan Security Forces

Aug 31, 2010 at 09:13 | Shaun Waterman

The credibility of any US exit strategy for Afghanistan relies on the development of Afghan security forces able to take on the fight against the Taliban, and preserve order in…

Private Military Contractors Experiencing an Industry Boom in Iraq

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:22 | Jody Ray Bennett

In hopes of making good on a campaign promise just months before the November elections, President Barack Obama successfully oversaw the last of combat troops depart from Iraq just a…

International Sanctions Inflicting Pain At Gas Pump, Stalling Energy Projects

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:59 | Fawzia Sheikh

Although the Iranian government insists that countries like China and Russia can make up lost Western investment in the petroleum sector, rising gas prices and stalled energy projects are signs…

Israeli Intelligence Infiltrated Throughout Lebanese Government

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:51 | Wayne Madsen

WMR has learned from its Lebanese intelligence sources that the Lebanese government is coming to realize that Israeli intelligence penetration of all political groups in the country is worse than…

Iraq’s Dangerous and Depressing Reality

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:07 | ISN Security Watch

Iraq has since 2008 retreated from the brink of collapse, though it still remains perilously close to the precipice. There are daily attacks, such as the explosion in Baghdad on…

Interpreting Sharia Law in Afghanistan

Aug 22, 2010 at 10:58 | ISN Security Watch

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has added his voice to those condemning the Taliban-orchestrated execution by stoning of a young couple charged with adultery. The stonings in the northeastern province of…

Is War With Iran Imminent?

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:29 | Claude Salhani

Iran, it is believed, is on the fast track to develop nuclear weapons which Israel sees as a direct threat to not only its security, but to its very existence.…

Israelis Conducting Covert Maritime Operations in Persian Gulf

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:23 | Wayne Madsen

Chinese and Japanese intelligence agencies, which closely monitor events in the Persian Gulf due to the dependence of both countries on oil from the region, report that Israeli Navy commandos…

Despite Tension Israel and Turkey Continue their Economic relations

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:49 | David Caploe PhD

Israeli business executives here in Istanbul like to point out that most of the angry Turks who protested Israel’s deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla to Gaza this past…

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