Justin Chasalow

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Syria Iraq conflict: Is victory any closer?

<b>In Syria, the battle for Aleppo looks to be heading for its conclusion. It could still be some days away but pro-government forces now seem to have the momentum and an unassailable advantage.</b><p>Meanwhile, Kurdish and Arab militias, backed up by Western air power, have begun isolating IS's de facto …

Middle East

KERRY: Not enforcing Obama's red line in Syria 'cost' the US considerably in the Middle East

The remark appeared to be the first time Kerry has stated that not following through on the threat to retaliate against Assad for his use of chemical weapons to kill 1,500 people in August 2013 damaged the US' reputation in the region.<p>He noted, however, that he thinks President Obama's decision not …

Middle East

Senate votes unanimously to extend Iran sanctions

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to extend sanctions on Iran for 10 years as President-elect Donald Trump faces calls not to immediately scrap a nuclear pact with Iran that he labeled "disastrous" on the campaign trail.<p>The House-passed measure would renew the Iran Sanctions Act, first enacted …

We have to accept that Assad will win in Syria – and the West should be ashamed of how we drew the conflict out

Maybe this is just my imagination. But I have the impression that, even as some of the most significant developments since the start of the conflict …

A Lesson Never To Be Drawn From America's Recent Wars

<b>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</b><p>Sometimes it's tough to pull lessons of any sort from our confusing world, but let me mention one obvious (if little noted) case where that couldn't be less true: the American military and its wars. Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. has been in a state of more or …

War

What will happen when Mosul falls?

<b>Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces advance toward Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul enters its second week, in the village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. A convoy of special forces advanced toward the village of Tob Zawa, Monday,</b> …

Middle East

US 'Relocated' ISIS Terrorists Out Of Iraq, Into Syria To Fight Assad

As the Iraqi military with US support closes in on Mosul <b>it is becoming clear that the US plan is to transfer the ISIS troops defending the city to</b> …

Why the US confronted Iranian-backed militants in Yemen, and the risks that lie ahead

The US fired in retaliation to previous incidents where missiles fired from Iranian-backed Houthi territory had threatened US Navy ships: the destroyers USS Mason and USS Nitze, and the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce.<p>After more than two decades of peaceful service, this was likely the first …

Middle East

U.S. Carries Out Strikes Against Yemen's Rebels

The U.S. launched missiles at three radar installations in rebel-controlled areas of Yemen late Wednesday. It's the first time that the U.S. has carried out strikes against the Houthi rebels during the conflict in Yemen.<p>This comes after missiles were fired from Yemen's coast at U.S. Navy destroyer …

US delivers stinging rebuke to Israel over West Bank home plan

In unusually strong words, the US accuses Israel of breaking its trust over plans for a new West Bank settlement. The White House has said such moves …

The US is coming to a new realization about Syria that could change everything

The scorched-earth government offensive on Aleppo, which has killed hundreds of civilians and opposition fighters in the city's rebel-held east over the past two weeks, has spawned an "increased mood in support of kinetic actions against the regime," a senior administration official told Rogin.<p>"The …

The Collapse of Saudi Arabia and the Cataclysmic Power Shift in the Middle East

<i>This article points out the cataclysmic power shift that would take place in the event of Saudi Arabia’s descent into political turmoil, and briefly</i> …

Middle East

Iraq formally requests more US troops for battle to retake Mosul from ISIS

"In consultation with the government of Iraq, the U.S. is prepared to provide additional U.S. military personnel to train and advise the Iraqis as the planning for the Mosul campaign intensifies," the official said.<p>Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday that Washington would send …

US airstrikes on Syrian troops were ‘intentional,’ lasted nearly 1 hour – Assad to AP

Syrian President Bashar Assad says that US airstrikes which killed 62 Syrian government troops were “intentional” and they lasted for an hour. He …

US Senate refuses to block Saudi Arabia arms sale

US senators have rejected a resolution to block a weapons deal worth $1.15 billion (1.03 billion euros) to Saudi Arabia. Lawmakers are increasingly …

Want peace between Israel and Palestine? The Iran Deal is a good guide | Wardah Khalid

As Obama meets Netanyahu, the world needs to remember that diplomacy and compromise can yield results<p>President Obama met with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in New York today, with the goal of pressing him to move toward reconciliation with the Palestinians. This comes on the heels …

Iran shows off its missiles in display of strength

Tehran unveils a new ballistic missile which is said to have a range of more than 400 miles as part of an annual parade.<p>Iran has staged a parade of …

Iran Emboldened By Obama's Nuke Deal

President Obama is delivering his eighth and final address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, at a time when many are questioning the efficacy of his foreign policy initiatives. Tensions are still running high in the Middle East, particularly in the Persian Gulf, after Iran threatened …

US-made bombs used in Saudi strikes on Yemen – Amnesty

The US must halt the shipping of weapons that could be used in the Yemen war, Amnesty International has urged in a new report, citing data that …

New Revelations Reveal Greater Falsehoods of the Iran Deal

It seems that barely a week goes by without a new and troubling revelation emerging related to the Iran Deal. Most recently, we learned from the …

The Latest: Hezbollah backs Syrian cease-fire

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):<p>11:30 p.m.<p>Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, which is taking part in Syria's civil …

How the Iran Deal Aids Hezbollah, Imperils Israel

TEL AVIV -- In April, Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic that the Joint Comprehensive …