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August 26, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Checking in on Iraq

Policemen gather at the site of a bomb attack in Najaf on August 15, 2011. (Ali Abu Shish/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. While the blogosphere is now debating whether Libya marks a new era in U.S…

Policemen gather at the site of a bomb attack in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad August 15, 2011. At least three people were killed and 19 more wounded when two car bombs exploded, authorities said. Police captain Hadi al-Najafi in Najaf said the bombs targeted a police building. Suicide attackers and car bombs struck cities across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores more in a rash of apparently coordinated assaults carried out by affiliates of al Qaeda, authorities said. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish

February 10, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Palestinian Unity and Syria’s Disunity

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Russia and China vetoed an Arab and Western-backed resolution at the UN Security Council last Saturday following a flurry of negotiations. Russia succeede…

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal walk with Qatar's emir sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as they arrive to sign an agreement in Doha on February 6, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

February 24, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Hamas, “Friends” Line up Against Syria’s Assad

Significant Middle East Developments Hamas. Hamas officials announced today a break with long-time ally Syrian president Assad. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told a crowd of thousands at Cairo’s al-Az…

Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu confers with United Arab Emirates' foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during the “Friends of Syria” conference in Tunis on February 24, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

March 2, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Besieges, Egypt Relents, and Iran War-Talk

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Developments shifted back this week to the intense fighting in Syria, especially the siege of Homs. On Thursday, Syrian rebels announced their retreat fro…

Some of the fourteen Egyptian activists who were accused of working for unlicensed non-governmental organizations and receiving illegal foreign funds, stand in a cage during the opening of their trial in Cairo on February 26, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

March 15, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Regime Advances, Israel and Gaza Clash

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. As Syrians marked the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of protests in their country, Bashar al-Assad’s forces appeared to be gaining momentum. Over th…

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov talks during the Arab League foreign ministers meeting, next to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, at the organization's headquarters in Cairo, on March 10, 2012 (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters).

May 14, 2012

United States
Escalating America’s Third War in Yemen

America’s Third War is escalating quickly in the skies over Yemen. Despite previous rebuffs from the White House, last month the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the CIA—which both run par…

Brennan and Hadi

May 17, 2012

United States
How to Grow Terrorists in Yemen

The Obama administration’s strategy against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as articulated by White House counterterrorism czar John Brennan, is to assure that it is “destroyed and is elimi…

Unarmed drone

May 24, 2012

United States
Egypt’s Historic Elections, Violent Eruptions in Lebanon and Yemen

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egyptians went to the polls for a second consecutive day today for the first free presidential elections in Egypt’s history. The turnout was particularly …

A man holds his ballot sheet as he prepares to vote during Egypt's presidential elections in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on May 23, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

August 9, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egyptian Bloodshed; Intensified Syrian Fighting and Defections

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Clashes between militants and security forces continued today in Egyptian Sinai with gunmen firing on a police station and hundreds of troops entering the…

Egypt's prime minister Hisham Kandil prays for soldiers killed during an attack at a checkpoint along the Sinai border with Israel by unknown gunmen, at Omar Makram mosque in Cairo on August 7, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

October 5, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Iran, Drones, and U.S. Government Surveillance

Bill Sizemore, “Ex-Defense Chief Says Hit on Iran Would Be Disastrous,” The Virginian-Pilot, October 4, 2012. Neither the United States nor Israel is capable of wiping out Iran’s nuclear capability,…

Yemen Hadi