Category Islam

Iran Is Closely Watching The U.S.-North Korea Stand-Off

_____________________________ https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/iran-is-closely-watching-the-us-north-korea-stand-off-1.619060 Iran Is Closely Watching The U.S.-North Korea Stand-Off Tehran’s sense of how far it can go will largely be shaped by what happens on the other side of Asia in the coming months Donald Trump’s improvised and unconvincing threats about “fire and fury” and being “locked and loaded” notwithstanding, the crisis over North […]

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 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, […]

BREAKING NEWS:  U.S. Navy Patrol Boat, Thunderbolt, Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Naval Ship After It Comes Within 150 Yards After ‘Tense Encounter’ In The Persian Gulf

BREAKING NEWS:  U.S. Navy Patrol Boat, Thunderbolt, Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Naval Ship After It Comes Within 150 Yards After ‘Tense Encounter’ In The Persian Gulf   http://www.fortunascorner.com        Julian Robinson just posted an article on his publications website, DailyMailOnline.com, (July 25, 2017), about an incident earlier today in the Persian Gulf between a U.S. […]

After Mosul, Islamic State Digs In For Guerrilla Warfare

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell and his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell: And what do we think happens if they are defeated in the 3d phase of protracted warfare (War of Movement or Conventional War Phase)?  Would we expect anything […]

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria, A Move Sought By Moscow

Excerpt: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. … After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia […]