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Geopolitics / Middle East

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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