Category Iraq

U.S. Special Forces On The Ground In Lebanon

 Wonder if ISIS leader is hiding out in the Bekaa Valley?  RCP, fortunascorner.com   U.S. Special Forces On The Ground In Lebanon – Report By Times Of Israel, www.timesofisrael.com View Original August 6th, 2017 Hezbollah fighters stand on their army vehicle at the site where clashes erupted between Hezbollah and al-Qaida-linked fighters in Wadi al-Kheil or al-Kheil […]

Russia In Libya: War Or Peace?

http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_russia_in_libya_war_or_peace_7223?utm_source=World+Affairs+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5f44eda61b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f83b38c5c7-5f44eda61b-294664345 RUSSIA IN LIBYA:  WAR OR PEACE? Mattia Toaldo, 02 August 2017 Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilisation on Europe’s southern border. Libya is increasingly a target for Russia’s growing ambitions to influence the Middle East and North Africa, but, […]

Chaos And Order In A Changing World 

Chaos And Order In A Changing World by Dr Henry Kissinger capx.co · August 2, 2017 Lady Thatcher was one of the most significant leaders of our period. Decisive, effervescent, courageous, loyal, she was dedicated to shaping the future rather than following the recommendations of focus groups. I first met her in the early 1970s, when […]

Al-Qaeda’s Yemen Arm Said To Be Flush With Cash And Positioned To Launch New Attacks

  Al-Qaeda’s Yemen Arm Said To Be Flush With Cash And Positioned To Launch New Attacks CNBC · by Javier E. David · July 31, 2017 The Yemen-based arm of al-Qaeda — flush with millions in ill-gotten gains — is gaining strength from the fractured nation’s civil conflict and is sufficiently funded to carry out new terror attacks, according […]

U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Defect To Syrian Government After CIA Program Ends

U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Defect To Syrian Government After CIA Program Ends The Daily Caller · by Jonah Bennett · July 30, 2017 A small number of U.S.-backed rebels have reportedly defected to the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad following news that President Donald Trump has ended the covert CIA program to arm rebels. Syrian opposition members stated Saturday […]

The Hacking Wars Are Going To Get Much Worse

The Hacking Wars Are Going To Get Much Worse By Adam Segal, www.nytimes.com View Original July 31st, 2017 Reports this month that the United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of a Qatari news agency, helping to incite a crisis in the Middle East, are as unsurprising as they are unwelcome. For years, countries — in particular Russia […]

Top Middle East Advisor is Removed From The National Security Council

Top Middle East Advisor is Removed From The National Security Council By Kate Brannen and Jenna McLaughlin Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 12:02 PM justsecurity.org · July 27, 2017 National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has removed Derek Harvey, the top Middle East advisor on the National Security Council (NSC), from his post on Thursday, according to a […]

The Middle East: Terrorism Forever? By Bing West

Bing West is always worth reading.  RCP, fortunascorner The Middle East: Terrorism Forever? By Bing West, www.hoover.org View Original July 26th, 2017 Image credit: Poster Collection, US3425, Hoover Institution Archives. The short response is yes. Crime forever? Also, yes. Turbulence, terror, pestilence, famine, love, procreation, taxes, families, sunsets, rain, shine, etc.—all are components of the human condition. […]

As It Loses In Syria And Iraq, ISIS Establishes A New Beachhead: The Philippines

David Maxwell:  This is significant if accurate. Among the fighters who were killed are militants from Chechnya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, while fighters from Pakistan and Morocco are still active in the city, the Philippine military said. A greater future danger may be fighters from Southeast Asia returning from Iraq and Syria, […]

U.S. Special Operations Commander Says LEAKS To New York Times Are The Reason Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Escaped U.S. Forces And Is Likely Still Alive

U.S. Special Operations Commander Says LEAKS To New York Times Are The Reason Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Escaped U.S. Forces And Is Likely Still Alive http://www.fortunascorner.com      General Raymond ‘Tony’ Thomas, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum last week, that Islamic State leader Abu […]