Amid Russian airstrikes, a Putin craze takes hold in Mideast

Oct 13, 2015

Amid Russian airstrikes, a Putin craze takes hold in Mideast

Amid the ornate walls of Damascus’ famed Omayyad Mosque, preacher Maamoun Rahmeh stood before worshippers last week, declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin a “giant and beloved leader” who has “destroyed the myth of the self-aggrandizing America.” Posters of Putin are popping up on cars ...

U.S. presses Toyota over how Islamic State got its truck fleet

Oct 8, 2015

U.S. presses Toyota over how Islamic State got its truck fleet

Toyota has spoken with U.S. officials about the prominent use of its vehicles by militants in Syria, Iraq and Libya. “We are supporting the U.S. Treasury Department’s broader inquiry into international supply chains and the flow of capital and goods in the Middle East,” ...

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

Jul 28, 2015

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

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Why would anybody want to go to war? For some of us it’s incomprehensible. For others, there will be circumstances that make war justifiable — or even desirable. History tells us that the former demographic is usually added to by members of the latter, ...

Islamic State's Iraq  propaganda blitz takes to widescreen TV

Jun 15, 2015

Islamic State's Iraq propaganda blitz takes to widescreen TV

Islamic State militants have set up giant television screens in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and are using them to proclaim that they will seize more Iraqi territory after capturing the provincial capital last month, residents said. Efforts by the Sh’ite Muslim-led government and ...

Apr 17, 2015

Iran general's Iraq battlefield clout unsettling: Abadi

Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq’s battlefields. Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of ...