Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.
Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]
AFP, March 8
Baghdad – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia of supporting global “terrorism,” both inside the Arab world and in other countries, in an interview broadcast on Saturday. Maliki, in an interview with France 24, slammed “the dangerous Saudi stance” of supporting “terrorism in the world – it supports it in [...]
Al Qaeda Franchises of al Qaeda, chiefly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seek to foment Shia-Sunni warfare in the region and, amid the ruins, establish control over western Iraq and parts of Syria. It then seeks to coalesce a Syrian-Iraqi region with other regions in the Islamic world stretching from Mali [...]
The Sunni of Anbar
The grim strategic situation facing Iraqi Sunnis today parallels that of ten years ago when they were beset by powerful enemies in al Qaeda but also US troops and Shia militias. The solution, albeit a short-lived one, came by allying with US troops in the Anbar Awakening. Of course, this option [...]
Things are getting intense in the Middle East and Levant. The New York Times reports that Sunni militants are on the offensive in Iraqi cities with the headline indicating that the battle was over: Parts of 2 Key Iraqi Cities Fall to Qaeda Group Active in Syria, Jan 2
Isn’t it time to get this [...]
(I’m using Don’s post on 9/11 as a prompt (or cover) to publish something I wrote in 2010. With Bush II emerging again and more talk about 9/11 lately, it may be of some interest.)
Was the failure to prevent 9/11 the core motivation for invading Iraq?
Immediately following the 9/11 attack, retired General [...]
Iraqi prime minister Maliki came to Washington last week to seek help against the bombing campaign in his country. The campaign has been underway for well over a year and has become devastating in recent months. Malaki’s request is actually a call for greater US help: US intelligence units returned to Iraq a little over [...]
NYT -. “These kids, they don’t go out on the streets in Iraq,” said Mounir Sahli, the Tunisian head coach of the Iraqi national swimming team, gesturing to the Iraqi athletes who were practicing their freestyle at a training pool in southern Beijing.
These young athletes — most are in their teens — were among [...]
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s terse dismissal of Iranian President Rouhani’s recent overtures to the West was based solely on the two countries’ recent hostile past, not on an understanding of the two countries’ previous longstanding cooperation. Nor was it based on understanding the geopolitical realities upon which that longstanding cooperation was built and recognizing that [...]
The Obama Administration’s effort to rally public and congressional support for retaliation against Syria for using chemical weapons has come up against unexpectedly strong and broad-based opposition. This must come as an unwelcome surprise to the Neocons, whose international aspirations regarding the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear progeam are now very much in question. [...]
New York, NY United Nations, February 6, 2003
Colin Powell at UN, February 2003
Part 1: Introduction
Thank you, Mr. President.
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today. (Image:Wikipedia)
This is [...]
BBC, August 18
Thousands of refugees from Syria are pouring over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN refugee agency says.
Up to 10,000 crossed at Peshkhabour on Saturday, bringing the total influx since Thursday to 20,000. The UN says the reasons are not fully clear.
The UN agencies, the Kurdish regional government and NGOs [...]
(Al Jazeera) – At least 91 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a series of car bombs that rocked Baghdad and other Iraqi cities amid Eid al-Fitr celebrations, an interior ministry official said.
The attacks were the latest in spiralling violence which authorities have failed to stem, with the worst bloodshed in [...]
(VOA) – Iraq has signed an agreement to import natural gas from Iran for power generation, the electricity ministry said on Monday, in a move that could interfere with U.S efforts to cut off funds for Iran’s nuclear development.
Under the contract, Iran will install a pipeline into Iraq and supply it with 850 million [...]
(CSM) – Here are five of the most wasteful projects uncovered by the Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Its final report paints a ‘very grim picture’ of America’s ability to plan and carry out large-scale nation-building operations.
Actual link to report: Learning from Iraq: Final Report from Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, March 2013