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    A Resurgent Al-Qaeda in Iraq Threatens U.S. Attack

    Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which has staged a bloody comeback in Iraq in recent months, issued a threat this week to strike at the “heart” of America. On Sunday, shortly before a string of AQI attacks killed more than 100 people, AQI leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi warned Americans: “You will … More

    Clinton's Egypt Visit Sparks Anti-American Demonstrations as Sinai Continues Slide into Lawlessness

    The power struggle between Egypt’s army and the Muslim Brotherhood has been eclipsed by the intensifying civil war in Syria, but this week saw disturbing new developments in Egypt. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a short visit to Cairo and Alexandria, where she was dogged by several anti-American demonstrations. … More

    Syrian Fighting Worsens as Regime Moves Chemical Weapons

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime is moving chemical munitions out of storage depots. It remains unclear whether the regime is deploying these weapons in the field or is trying to keep them from falling into the hands of rebels, who have … More

    Syrian Uprising Penetrates Damascus, Kills Defense Minister

    The “Arab Spring” arrived in Damascus with a vengeance this week—despite the brutal repression meted out by the Assad regime. Today, the Syrian defense minister was assassinated in a suicide bombing at the national security headquarters building in the capital. CNN reported that the explosion was caused by a car … More

    Syrian Fighting Worsens as Regime Moves Chemical Weapons

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime is moving chemical munitions out of storage depots. It remains unclear whether the regime is deploying these weapons in the field or is trying to keep them from falling into the hands of rebels, who have … More

    Russian Ship Carrying Helicopters Sails Again for Syria

    The MV Alaed has once again left its Russian port and is presumably heading back to Syria. The cargo ship was last in the news when it recently had its insurance revoked after U.K. intervention for carrying Russian helicopters to Syria despite the EU arms embargo on the country. So … More

    Syria: Violence Escalates While International Community Dithers

    Various Syrian opposition groups met in Cairo this week to sketch out a draft of a potential constitution and lay out the steps of a political transition, but they could not agree on the more basic and concrete issues of whether to support armed resistance to the regime or call … More

    Egypt Elects President from Muslim Brotherhood

    Mohamed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was announced on Sunday as the winner of Egypt’s first free presidential elections. Morsi defeated former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik in a close contest by a vote of 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent. Morsi now faces the difficult … More

    Egypt Drifts Away from Democracy

    Egypt has been plunged into confusion by the judicial coup mounted against the recently elected parliament, which was dissolved by a ruling of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court. The Egyptian army undoubtedly acted behind the scenes, using the court as a sock puppet to limit the power of the Muslim Brotherhood, … More

    Egypt’s Slow-Motion Coup

    Egypt’s rocky transition to democracy has been further complicated by a judicial ruling today that dissolved parliament and sets the stage for renewed public protests and intensifying political struggle. A presidential runoff election is scheduled to begin Saturday, but the next president is likely to inherit a country with few … More