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Geopolitics / Middle East

Pentagons Afghanistan PR Campaign Wounded as Documents Reveal Growing Taliban Influence

Pentagons Afghanistan PR Campaign Wounded as Documents Reveal Growing Taliban Influence

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:46 | John Daly

Like a star shell bursting high above a hotly contested battlefield at midnight, the thousands of documents recently released by Wikileaks have thrown the nine-year war in Afghanistan into stark…

Spies, Lies and Goodbyes – Part 1

Spies, Lies and Goodbyes – Part 1

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:36 | Claude Salhani

The killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was until recently widely believed to have been perpetrated by the Syrians, or at least on their behalf.  It was the…

Iraqi Province Cracks Down on Clerics

Iraqi Province Cracks Down on Clerics

Jul 30, 2010 at 08:49 | ISN Security Watch

Clerics in Diyala have been warned they can go to jail for delivering sermons that incite violence, a move aimed at calming the troubled Iraqi province – although some fear…

The Strategic Ramifications of a US-Led Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Strategic Ramifications of a US-Led Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Jul 22, 2010 at 03:34 | Gregory R. Copley

The United States and the NATO allies are preparing to disengage and soon withdraw from Afghanistan and even the most vocal advocates of the "long-term commitment" do not anticipate more…

The Prospect of an Israeli Military Strike Against Iran

The Prospect of an Israeli Military Strike Against Iran

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:03 | Gregory R. Copley

Western media “analysts” and Western military pundits have, for the past two years, been forecasting the imminent military strike by Israel — sometimes by Israel in company with the US…

Corruption in Afghanistan Expanding at an Alarming Rate

Corruption in Afghanistan Expanding at an Alarming Rate

Jul 20, 2010 at 03:20 | ISN Security Watch

A recent survey by Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) shows a sharp expansion in corruption in Afghan society. Most Afghans now see the payment of bribes as a routine part of…

Beware the Ides of July, August

Beware the Ides of July, August

Jul 13, 2010 at 12:18 | Claude Salhani

With summer here we are entering a precarious time in the Middle East, a time that deserves particular attention. This is a perilous moment for the region when the fuse…

Irregular Warfare Causing the Coalition to Rethink its Entire Approach in Afghanistan

Irregular Warfare Causing the Coalition to Rethink its Entire Approach in Afghanistan

Jul 13, 2010 at 12:09 | Open Democracy

The ability of Iran’s military to learn from experience and become adept in irregular warfare echoes that of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also presents the United States with…

Impact of Iran Sanctions Legislation: An Energy Perspective

Impact of Iran Sanctions Legislation: An Energy Perspective

Jul 09, 2010 at 03:57 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Q:  Two weeks ago, the US House and Senate both overwhelmingly approved legislation (HR 2194) authorizing the president to sanction businesses that supply Iran with refined petroleum products or help…

Riots Break out in Iraq Over Energy Shortages

Riots Break out in Iraq Over Energy Shortages

Jun 30, 2010 at 08:36 | ISN Security Watch

The interim Iraqi government is reeling from riots and demonstrations that have erupted across the country to protest severe electricity shortages. Anger has been growing for weeks over the continued…

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