Feb 19, 2015

Iran wields power from Syria to Gulf as rise alarms Sunni rivals

The commander of the foreign wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was upbeat as he addressed a rally marking the 36th anniversary of the uprising that ushered in theocratic rule. “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic revolution throughout the region,” Qassem Suleimani, the ...

Feb 10, 2015

Obama's Middle East fantasy

by Eli Lake

For all of the problems posed by significant U.S. ground forces in the Middle East, it is the only option right now if President Barack Obama wishes to stop the advance of the Islamic State group without aiding the advance of the Islamic Republic ...

Feb 4, 2015

Japan to boost SDF staff at its Middle East embassies

The government will deploy more military personnel at its embassies in the Middle East after the Islamic State hostage crisis revealed glaring inadequacies in its intelligence-gathering abilities in the region. The change, announced Tuesday, will see a greater number of defense attaches accredited as ...

Jan 16, 2015

Abe leaves for Mideast tour to back peace process

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for a nearly weeklong tour of the Middle East, seeking to boost Japan’s engagement in the region. Abe chose Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories to kick off his first diplomatic tour of 2015. He will express ...

France defies the jihadists

Jan 16, 2015

France defies the jihadists

by William Pfaff

To one who witnessed the transformation fear exacted from America's governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the jihad killings last week in France seemed to produce a colossal reaction that was not one of fear at all.