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What Are U.S. Forces Doing in Yemen in the First Place?

Last week’s raid was an embarrassing and costly failure—in the context of a much larger one.<p>Several days ago, press reports revealed that U.S. special-operations troops had conducted a raid in Yemen. Impoverished, violent, and bitterly divided, Yemen has hitherto had a place on the roster of …

Michael Flynn

Grexit? Greece again on the brink as debt crisis threatens break with EU

Country faces critical few weeks as it struggles to meet bailout conditions and pressures rise in Germany and US<p>In the week of Groundhog Day it seemed entirely appropriate: Greek farmers, many on tractors, have once again been blockading roads and border posts amid mounting signs that the country …

Europe

How David Became Goliath: The Secret of Israel’s Military Success

<b>THE WEAPON WIZARDS</b><b><br>How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower</b><br>By Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot<br>Illustrated. 288 pp. St. Martin’s Press. $27.99.<p>Seventy years ago, the state of Israel was still just a gleam in Zionists’ eyes, and the future state’s military was hardly more than a ragtag group of …

Israel

Israel Can't Avoid the Settlement Talk Anymore

The image of Jews evicting other Jews from their homes is too painful for the nation.<p>In his inimitable fashion, U.S. President Donald Trump has succeeded in beginning a national conversation about immigration. It is not the nuanced, cerebral discussion about the value of migrants versus the danger …

Israel

If Trump's refugee ban is cruel, then what about Singapore's?

<b>by Daniel Yap</b><p>PRESIDENT Trump’s two-part travel ban against refugees and against nationals of seven countries has been called many things – …

When Will ISIS End? Syrian Army, Russia Bomb Islamic State In Aleppo As Iraqi Troops Battle For Mosul

The Syrian army said Thursday it would capitalize on a string of recent victories against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, in the Aleppo …

Trump to Israel: Settlements ‘may not help’ achieve peace in the Middle East

President Trump on Thursday warned Israel that constructing new settlements “may not be helpful” to Middle East peace efforts despite--before taking office-- criticizing the Obama administration for not vetoing a United Nations Security Council measure condemning settlements.<p>The Washington Post …

Israel

Donald Trump thinks Islam is incompatible with the West. Britain's mosques prove otherwise

Prince Charles spoke earlier this week warning of how the horrific lessons of the Second World War "seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten". It resonated in a week where the US president’s "Muslim Ban" has caused so much division, where turning vulnerable people away has rightly …

Religion

Has Putin Poisoned Another Opponent?

One of the Russian leader’s most dedicated critics—a crusader for civil society—now lies in a death-like coma. And it’s not the first time.<p>Vladimir …