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  • Syrian Crisis Escalates Amid Renewed Concern over Chemical Weapons

    On Monday, President Obama warned the beleaguered Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons against its own people. “Today I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching,” Obama said in a speech at the National Defense … More

    Gaza Rocket Terrorism Triggers Israeli Military Response

    After several days of rocket salvos launched at Israeli civilians, Israel responded yesterday with air strikes that killed the leader of the Hamas terrorist wing and targeted rocket launching, storage, and manufacturing sites in the Gaza Strip. The air campaign began with a precision air strike that killed Ahmed Al-Jabaari, … More

    Bahrain and Kuwait Face Growing Internal Threats as Syrian Opposition Gathers in Qatar

    Three Arab kingdoms in the Persian Gulf region have been confronted with the destabilizing fallout of growing political tensions in recent days. On Monday, a series of bombings in Bahrain’s capital of Manama killed two men, an ominous sign that the struggle between the island nation’s predominantly Sunni ruling elite … More

    Foreign Militants Complicate Crisis in Northern Mali

    As members of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union scramble to find a solution to the crisis in Mali, Islamist forces in the north are being strengthened by foreign fighters. Though the occupation of territory by external entities will undoubtedly strengthen the hand of Mali’s … More

    Efforts to Stall Fighting in Syria for Muslim Holiday Implausible

    The efforts of United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to negotiate a ceasefire between the Syrian military and rebels for the Arab holiday Eid al-Adha are likely to be fruitless. Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) begins this year on October 26. While this holiday focuses on the prophet Abraham being … More

    Iran’s Enriched Uranium Stockpile Rises as Its Currency Plummets

    Iran could now produce enough enriched uranium to arm a nuclear bomb within two to four months, according a new report by a Washington think tank. The Institute for Science and International Security cautioned that Iran may still face “engineering challenges” in assembling a weapon and longer delays if it … More

    Turkey Strikes Back Against Syrian Aggression

    On Wednesday, Turkey retaliated against a Syrian mortar attack earlier in the day that killed five civilians in the Turkish border town of Akcakale. Turkey responded in kind with limited artillery attacks against Syrian army outposts. Whether planned or not, Syria’s shelling of Akcakale is just another step in the … More

    Libyan Consulate Attack: More Disturbing Facts Emerge

    As the Obama Administration’s account of the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate continues to evolve, disturbing new information has emerged about the consulate’s security environment. Two House Republicans say they have been informed by whistleblowers that the consulate was attacked or threatened 13 times before the September 11 attack … More

    Attempting to Decipher the Perplexing Rhetoric of Ahmadinejad's U.N. Speech

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s highly anticipated U.N. speech can be summed up in one word: erratic. Although he toned down most of the incendiary language he used in previous years, Ahmadinejad whined about how “the current world order is discriminatory and based on injustice.” To replace it, Ahmadinejad tried to … More

    Iran Escalates Threats Ahead of Ahmadinejad’s United Nations Speech

    The war of nerves between Iran and Israel continued to escalate over the weekend as a prominent Iranian officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps threatened to launch a pre-emptive attack on Israel if Tehran concluded that an Israeli attack was imminent. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of … More