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Al-Maliki antics ‘attempt to cover up own failures’

BRIEFING: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah receives Crown Prince Salman at Khoraim Gardens outside Riyadh. Prince Salman briefed the king on his five-nation tour. (SPA) RIYADH: ARAB…

Rafsanjani Calls for Muslim States’ Collective Efforts to Uproot Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani deplored the spread of terrorism in the world, and called for practical measures by all Muslim countries to eradicate…

Moscow says U.S. policy on Syria aids ‘terrorism’

STORY SUMMARY Moscow accused Washington Thursday of prolonging the Syrian conflict by supporting the opposition, on the eve of a UN Security Council vote that threatens to further deepen big…

SOWELL: Galling betrayals in Iraq, Afghanistan American sacrifices lost in return to tribal violence

by Thomas Sowell. The Afghanistan government’s recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan…

Why Salafist-takfiris should worry us

By Rami G. Khouri (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb) Several months ago when I wrote about the looming danger of the growing strength of Salafist-takfiri groups in Iraq and Syria,…

Occupation by any other name

Occupation by any other name Al Maliki’s legacy and US occupation have done much more to foment violence than all other factors combined By Ramzy Baroud | Special to Gulf…

Robert Fisk: The number of women sentenced to death across the Middle East has very little to do with justice

Robert Fisk: The number of women sentenced to death across the Middle East has very little to do with justice These young women should be listed on some roll of…

Iraq War Critic: NSA Targeted Gerhard Schröder’s Mobile Phone

AP In this archive photo, then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder can be seen making a mobile phone call in June 2002. It wasn’t only Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone that was on…

Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn’t come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers…

More Now See Failure than Success in Iraq, Afghanistan

Little Partisan Gap in Views of Whether U.S. Has Reached Goals Negative Views of U.S. Efforts in Iraq, AfghanistanAfter more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the…

Confessions beaten out of ‘suspects’, executions by the hundreds… How different is justice in today’s Iraq from the era of Saddam? The presumption of guilt is just one of Saddam’s creation that has outlived the dictator

by Robert Fisk, THE INDEPENDENT Saddam is Dead! Long live Saddam! And glancing through the grisly list of executions which the new, free, democratic, American-constructed Iraq has carried out –…

How a banana can land you in an American Prisoner-of-war Camp

Whenever I eat a banana I remember the story told to me by one of Iraq’s few ACA Chartered Accountants. When I met him he was Finance Director in an…

Looted Iraqi museum hopes to reopen, minus many relics

Story Summary By Alexander Dziadosz A decade on from the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and whipped up a tsunami of theft in Baghdad, Iraq’s National Museum is…

A post-everything moment in the Mideast

January 08, 2014 12:31 AM By Rami G. Khouri The Daily Star Story Summary Leading examples include the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the Nusra Front, the…

WND EXCLUSIVE INTERNECINE MUSLIM WAR SPREADS INTO IRAQ : Fallujah’s fall: Al-Qaida march spreads from Syria, Lebanon

WASHINGTON – The fall of Fallujah in Iraq today marks a significant turning point in al-Qaida’s rise from the dead, as the terrorist network that delivered the worst foreign attack…

America mustn’t allow a Mideast without Christians

STORY SUMMARY December 28, 2013 12:16 AM By Michael Gerson The Daily Star In some parts of the world, Herod’s massacre of the innocents is a living tradition. Majority rule…

Gauging the Jihadist Movement, Part 1: The Goals of the Jihadists

By Scott Stewart STRATFOR Editor’s Note: The following is the first installment of a five-part series examining the global jihadist movement. Part 2 analyzes insurgent and terrorist theory. Part 3…

IMMIGRANTS’ PERSPECTIVES: Iraq ‘is our responsibility; we are all Iraqis’

by Abdelhafidh Abdeleli, swissinfo.ch December 18, 2013 – 11:00 Iraq has seen a massive escalation in violence since April 2013, when 50 people were killed by Iraqi security forces at…

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