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Claude Salhani

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Claude Salhani

Claude Salhani is the senior editor with Trend News Agency and is a journalist, author and political analyst based in Baku, specializing in the Middle East, politicized Islam and terrorism.

He is the former editor of the Middle East Times and a long-time contributor to the Commentary pages of the Washington Times and Beirut’s Executive Magazine. He is the former International Editor with United Press International and also ran UPI's Terrorism & Security Desks.

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Latest articles from Claude

  • Tension Escalates in Syria Amid Fears of Chemical Weapons

    Published 04 December 2012 | viewed 10,879 times

    The conflict in Syria has taken a turn for the worst this week amid fears that the beleaguered regime of President Bashar Assad may resort…

  • A Chance for Peace in the Middle East?

    Published 27 November 2012 | viewed 7,117 times

    Is there going to be calm after the storm in the Middle East? Following a tumultuous week of all-out war between Israel and Hamas, there…

  • Why We Will See an Increase in Violence in the Middle East

    Published 20 November 2012 | viewed 11,857 times

    Predicting the Middle East’s political future has always been more of a gamble than an exact science. The region’s prevailing political precariousness is what makes…

  • Iran's Nuclear Plant Entering Final Stages?

    Published 13 November 2012 | viewed 7,453 times

    Iran’s controversial nuclear power plant at Bushehr is entering its final staging with a series of new tests due to be performed shortly, after which…

  • What an Obama Victory Means for the Middle East

    Published 07 November 2012 | viewed 8,286 times

    Memo to the Arab World: Good news and bad news with the re-election of Barack Obama to the White House. The good news is that…

  • Oil, Guns, Spies and Islamism

    Published 30 October 2012 | viewed 7,423 times

    The events leading up to the bombing of a munitions factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum last Monday– believed to have been carried out by…

  • Oil Still Calling the Cards in Mideast

    Published 23 October 2012 | viewed 5,646 times

    The battle for control of the Middle East, part of which is being fought today in Syria, and that this past weekend many fear has…

  • Turkey-Syria on the Brink of War

    Published 17 October 2012 | viewed 12,946 times

    Tension between Turkey and Syria has been steadily rising over the past year and a half as cross-border incidents have increased with every passing day…

  • Is a Larger Middle East War Inevitable?

    Published 10 October 2012 | viewed 15,508 times

    Double, double toil and trouble.  All the elements for a larger regional conflict are slowly falling into place, just as the witches’ ingredients in Shakespeare’s…

  • What Impact does Oil have on the Syrian Civil War?

    Published 02 October 2012 | viewed 30,184 times

    There is a popular belief in the Middle East that Washington’s foreign policy, particularly as it relates to this precarious region, is largely driven by…

  • Let Iran Have its Nuclear Technology

    Published 15 September 2012 | viewed 7,899 times

    As the United States prepares to head for the finish line in an election year the period between now and the time when the next…

  • Growing Syria Crisis will Hurt Region's Economy

    Published 04 September 2012 | viewed 7,407 times

    The violence in Syria now entering into its 18th month will begin to target the country’s economy in a major manner if a threat made…

  • Turkey's New Role in Mideast Worries Many

    Published 30 August 2012 | viewed 11,980 times

    After losing its empire to the Western powers at the close of WWI in 1918, Turkey is now making a comeback in the region, a…

  • Wikileaks: State Secrets or Clever Tactics

    Published 07 December 2010 | viewed 16,622 times

    Is the US Government Machiavellian enough to orchestrate the recent brouhaha over the so-called website WikiLeaks, is this a real embarrassment, or will it indeed…

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

    Published 15 September 2010 | viewed 7,631 times

    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…

  • Is War With Iran Imminent?

    Published 20 August 2010 | viewed 13,991 times

    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,…

  • A Coup in Saudi Avoided or Iranian Disinformation?

    Published 06 August 2010 | viewed 11,669 times

    Did King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia narrowly avoid being overthrown by a close member of his own royal family?  That seems to be a rumor…

  • Spies, Lies and Goodbyes – Part 1

    Published 02 August 2010 | viewed 4,513 times

    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…

  • Beware the Ides of July, August

    Published 13 July 2010 | viewed 4,798 times

    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…

  • How Realistic Is a Change of US Policy Regarding Israel?

    Published 30 June 2010 | viewed 3,894 times

    Whoever said “it’s all about the economy, stupid,” got it only partially right. It is indeed all about the economy, or at least half of…

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