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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Middle East

Trump Slaps New Sanctions On Iran But Retains Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.

October 14, 2017

How The CIA Staged Sham Academic Conferences To Thwart Iran’s Nuclear Program

A decade ago, the CIA secretly funded conferences to lure Iranian scientists to defect. If President Trump scuttles the Iranian nuclear agreement, the agency may seek more defectors — and orchestrate more such “conferences.”

October 11, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous Confusion On The Iranian Deal

In his tirade at the United Nations, the president said the accord is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” During the campaign, he promised to dismantle it. But eight months after he took office, his administration is still abiding by it.

September 25, 2017
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Congress Does Not Want Its War Power

he amendment, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R, Ky., would have repealed the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and the 2002 resolution approving the war in Iraq. The repeal would have taken effect in six months, giving Congress time to consider the justification for continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and the various other countries supposedly covered by those resolutions.

September 24, 2017

The Vietnam Syndrome: How We Lost It, Why We Need It

The Vietnam War was the greatest U.S. military catastrophe of the 20th century. A conflict begun under false pretenses, based on ignorance and hubris, it killed 58,000 Americans and as many as 3 million Vietnamese. It ended in utter failure. Never in our history have so many lives been wasted on such monumental futility. It was a national trauma worse than any since the Great Depression, and it left deep gashes in the American psyche. It instilled an aversion to wars of choice that became known as the Vietnam syndrome.

September 22, 2017

Trump’s New Strategy For Afghanistan Is The Disaster You’d Expect It To Be

On August 21, President Donald Trump announced that he plans to send more thousands of U.S. troops to Afghanistan to extend the American war that began in 2001. The speech Trump gave has no details, only a tweetable line: ‘We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.’

August 26, 2017

Trump And The Forever War In Afghanistan

“A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions,” he announced. “America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.” Afghanistan, the longest conflict in American history, has been called “the forever war.” Now it’s the forever-and-a-day war.

August 25, 2017
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Pentagon Chief Says He Hasn’t Decided On Number Of U.S. Troops For Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Tuesday that the new strategy for Afghanistan will try to replicate “a lot” of the tactics that have successfully pushed Islamic State from large parts of Iraq and Syria since 2014.

August 23, 2017
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Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017

Saudis Are Killing Their Own People, With Help From The U.S. And Canada

Government forces have been terrorizing the people of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of al-Qatif for months. On May 10th, the Saudis launched a military campaign to tear down Al-Mosawarah, a 400-year-old neighborhood that is an important cultural and heritage center for the roughly 30,000 Shia Muslims that live there.

August 12, 2017

McCain Issues His Own Military Strategy For Afghanistan War Amid White House Delay

McCain, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has urged the Trump administration for months to submit to Congress a new Afghanistan strategy due to the worsening security situation. Nine U.S. troops have been killed in the country thus far this year — as many as were killed in all of 2016.

August 11, 2017

Is Trump About To Push Us Into War With Iran?

On June 14, when United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican Congressman Ted Poe of Texas asked him about the government’s policy toward Iran. “Well,” Tillerson paused, “our Iranian policy is under development.”

August 9, 2017

A Million Children Are At Risk Of Death By Cholera In Yemen

Last Thursday, the head of the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, arrived in Amman, Jordan after a heart-wrenching tour of war-ravaged Yemen. ‘Stop the war,’ said Lake. It was a clear message. No subtlety was needed.

August 4, 2017

Trump Lays Groundwork To Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal

Something extraordinary has happened in Washington. President Donald Trump has made it clear, in no uncertain terms and with no effort to disguise his duplicity, that he will claim that Tehran is cheating on the nuclear deal by October—the facts be damned. In short, the fix is in. Trump will refuse to accept that Iran is in compliance and thereby set the stage for a military confrontation.

August 1, 2017
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First LGBT Unit Created To Fight ISIS In Syria

LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

July 26, 2017
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Will The Federal Government Make It Illegal To Protest Israel?

Named the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the bill so far has garnered support from 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats in the Senate. A similar piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives has 237 co-sponsors—63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.

July 21, 2017
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NY Times Rewrites History Of Iraq War

The New York Times’ Tim Arango took what could have been an interesting topic for war journalism—Iran’s increased role in Iraq—and morphed it into a revisionist history of American and Saudi involvement in the Middle East.

July 19, 2017

Iran Sentences American To Prison For Spying

Gholamhosein Ejehi, a spokesman for the judiciary, said a court sentenced Wang to 10 years in prison. He has the right to appeal. Mizan reported that Wang had “digitally archived” 4,500 pages of Iranian documents for foreign research institutions, including Princeton and the British Institute of Persian Studies.

July 17, 2017

Mosul Liberated From ISIS Control, Says Iraqi Prime Minister

“Al-Abadi said the battle is settled and the remaining pockets of ISIS are encircled in the last inches of the city. It is a matter of time before we declare to our people the great victory,” Abadi’s media office said in a statement. A day after al-Habadi arrived in the city to congratulate the forces, the troops Monday pushed to retake the last patch of ground in Old City, west of Tigris river, multiple reports said.

July 10, 2017
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Battle To Retake Raqqa A Desperate House-To-House Fight

The battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group is a fight increasingly without front lines. The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have breached the old city and control about a quarter of the terror group’s de facto capital, say American officials, but holding what has already been seized is proving a struggle.

July 10, 2017

The Foolishness Of Pursuing Regime Change In Iran

Some people in Washington are sick of trying to get the government of Iran to change its ways — which include financing terrorism, punishing dissent and supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad. They have embraced another idea: Help topple the rulers in Tehran in hopes of getting someone more to our liking.

June 30, 2017
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Trump Ditches White House Tradition Of Celebrating End Of Ramadan

It is the first Iftar — the celebratory meal Muslims eat to break their fast — dinner not to be held at the White House since 1999 when former president Bill Clinton made it an annual tradition. Instead, Trump limited his marking of Eid to a statement sending “warm greetings” to Muslims observing it around the world.

June 27, 2017

Trump Appointee Is A Saudi Government Lobbyist

One of President Donald Trump’s newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom’s behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Since January, the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has paid longtime Republican lobbyist Richard Hohlt about $430,000 in exchange for “advice on legislative and public affairs strategies.”

June 26, 2017

Is Trump Escalating Toward War With Iran?

The long-simmering conflict between the United States and Iran is fast escalating toward war. The battlefield is the desert expanse of eastern Syria where civil war has raged for the last five years. Tehran wants to keep U.S. forces out of the area, while Washington wants to use the region to wage war against Iran’s ally, Syria.

June 26, 2017
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Will Trump Pull Out Of Middle East Peace Talks?

London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported Saturday that the meeting between Kushner and Abbas had been “tense.” Abbas was allegedly furious when Kushner relayed a set of demands from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a translation of the report by the Jerusalem Post.

June 25, 2017