Moritz Frischknecht

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Why the State Sponsors of Terrorism List Has So Little to Do With Terrorism

President Obama made history recently when he removed Cuba from the list of countries that are sponsors of terrorism, but not for the reason one might think. That is because the list really has more to do with domestic politics and foreign policy objectives that have had little to do with terrorism.<p>…

ISIS Anniversary: The Year Since Caliphate Was Declared

One year after a caliphate was declared spanning Syria and Iraq, there is little to celebrate — unless you're ISIS.<p>Despite a massive international campaign to defeat the the brutal militants, ISIS has not only managed to hold onto the territory but has expanded its reach beyond those borders over …

Middle East

Iran and Saudi Arabia edge towards cyber war, study says

The battle for influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia has become one of the biggest rivalries in the Middle East.<p>Tehran and Riyadh are fighting for a greater say on several fronts in the region including the campaign against ISIS and Yemen's civil war. A new report by the threat intelligence firm …

How World War III became possible - Vox

A nuclear conflict with Russia is likelier than you think<p>It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air …

Geopolitics

Jordan is mulling a significant military intervention in southern Syria

The Jordanian military is actively implementing plans to create a humanitarian buffer zone in the south of the country, Sam Jones, Roula Khalaf and Erika Solomon report for the Financial Times.<p>Jordan's military envisions an operation that would set up a humanitarian corridor in the southern Syrian …

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Islamic State's Projection of Territory Under Its Control by 2020<p>June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year. After conquering an area covering over 80,000 square miles and including a population of approximately 10 million people, IS has …