Tension in the Middle East
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May 28th, 2015
A well-known British ISIS fighter known as Abu Rumaysah al-Britani wrote a guide to entice prospective jihadis into traveling to the Islamic State. The 46-page-long book entitled A Brief Guide to the Islamic State (2015) offers detailed information on what kinds of food, weather, transportation, education, technology, and people that a potential jihadi or ISIS supporter could expect upon arrival. The author’s explicit mission?...
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May 26th, 2015
American freedom came under attack on May 3rd by soldiers of international jihad. I’m speaking of the attempt by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi to commit mass murder at an exhibit of depictions of Muhammad in Garland, Texas. These two men arrived at the site clad in body armor with rifles, with the clear intent of murdering unarmed Americans for...
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May 21st, 2015
Pentagon spin can’t hide that the U.S. strategy is failing No matter how much the Pentagon and White House downplay it, the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State on Sunday shows that President Obama’s strategy is failing. The question now is whether Mr. Obama has the political courage to change or watch Iraq descend into more chaos and perhaps a...
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May 1st, 2015
Against the high-stakes backdrop of the ongoing multi-nation negotiations over its nuclear program, Iran is reportedly engaging in more interceptions of commercial ships than previously disclosed; and one of those vessels is operating under the flag of the United States. On Tuesday, Middle Eastern news sources, in their initial breaking news reports on the incident, indicated that an Iranian naval vessel had...
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April 30th, 2015
In the previous article, we saw how the Iranian regime’s panic over the 2002 outing of its theretofore clandestine nuclear weapons program drove its subsequent decisions about how to deal with the publicity and mollify, or at least occupy, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and the United States (U.S.). Having been well-trained by...
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April 30th, 2015
The Obama administration spin narrative about what a great success nuclear negotiations with Iran are was already coming unglued the day after the April Fool’s Day ‘framework’ was announced. Mr. Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and their advisors were trying desperately to portray the endless succession of contentious talks between the P5+1 and Iran as a great success even...
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April 23rd, 2015
 For a Possible Preview of Their Future, Western Christians Should Consider the Mideast On the Ethiopians who were killed in Libya, and why we should expect more to come. NRO note: This weekend ISIS released a new video showing some 30 Ethiopian Christian men being beheaded in Libya for refusing to convert to Islam (or to pay a tax for...
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April 13th, 2015
At best, the ten-year window in Obama’s proposal will buy enough time to see real change in its government. Next week brings a constitutional moment illustrating a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency. The catalyst of the drama is legislation proposed by Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asserting Congress’s foreign-policy responsibilities and prerogatives. The paradox is this:...
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April 10th, 2015
The only useful aspect of the sucker’s deal on Iran’s nuclear program is that it’s providing a moment of political clarity in Washington. About a dozen Senate Democrats and independents loudly insisted for over a year that they opposed the direction of the administration’s nuclear talks, that they wanted more sanctions, and that Congress should have a say on any...
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April 9th, 2015
Whenever Barack Obama says, as he often does, that another war in the Middle East is the only alternative to the deal he is making with Iran, his critics immediately accuse him of setting up a straw man, which indeed he also often does. Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the sternest and most effective critic of Obama’s deal, declares...
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