Brandon Anderson

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Saudi Arabia Halts Government Spending Due to Oil Price Fall

Saudi Arabia has reportedly resorted to spending cuts to cope with a budget deficit caused by the steep decline of oil prices over the past …

Revealed: Chinese Killer Drones in Iraq

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense recently released a video showing the launch of a Chinese-made CH-4B combat drone from al-Kut Air Base southeast of …

Top Militant From Al-Qaeda Linked 'Khorasan Group' Killed in Syria, Pentagon Says

A top leader in the militant Islamic cell known as the the "Khorasan Group" was killed last week by U.S. Coalition forces in Syria, the Pentagon announced Sunday.<p>Sanafi al-Nasr was killed Thursday during a drone strike in the country's northwest, officials said.<p>The Khorasan group, which is composed …

Russia Destroys most ISIS Heavy Weaponry, U.S. Promptly Airdrops 50-Tons of Weapons into Syria

Reports this week indicated that Islamic State militants were decimated by recent Russian airstrikes, and have lost “most” of their ammunition, heavy …

Middle East

Competition among major Middle East players fuels the rise of ISIS

Pretty much everyone in the Middle East is supposed to be fighting against Islamic State. Yet, the Sunni extremist group retains large swaths of Syria and Iraq and is spreading elsewhere in the region.<p>This isn’t because of its military might or strategic sophistication. The explanation is …

Peter Oborne's unofficial Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq war

<b>Sir John Chilcot's report into the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq is already nearly five years late. He has just announced that it should be published in June or July 2016. Political commentator Peter Oborne cannot understand why there has been such a delay.</b><p>So for BBC Radio 4's The Report, he …

Tony Blair

Russia says it has confirmed its first fatality in Syria

In an interview with Reuters at their home in southern Russia, Alexander and Svetlana Kostenko said they did not believe that their son, Vadim, would have taken his own life.<p>"I will never believe this version (suicide)," said Svetlana, who was wearing a black head scarf. She said she had spoken to …

Russia

These are the Russian-made tanks inflicting mass damage in Syria

The Russian-made T-72 tank is a favorite of the Syrian government.<p>It's one of the most widely-produced tanks in the post-WWII era, and the Syrian government has been importing them for more than 30 years. It's lightweight and easy to maneuver, making it perfect for narrow Syrian streets or for …

Syrian Government

Russia reportedly just sent its version of Delta Force to Syria

"The special forces were pulled out of Ukraine and sent to Syria," a Russian Ministry of Defense official told the WSJ. The anonymous official seemed to explicitly admit to a Russian military presence in the Ukraine, something which the Kremlin has fiercely denied.<p>The Russian official added that …

Special Forces

Beautiful 'Mona Lisa' terrorist could be plotting attack in Turkey

She’s been dubbed the “beautiful terrorist with the Mona Lisa smile”. But her looks could kill.<p>Turkish police are looking for an alleged Islamic State fighter named Walentina Slobodjanuk, who is on the run with a fake ID.<p>A wanted picture shows the 20-year-old woman wearing a black headscarf with a …

Manufacturing Crisis: Cuban Troops in Syria

"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes," quipped humorist Mark Twain, repeating an old adage. The report that Cuban troops had deployed to Syria to drive Russian tanks in support of the Bashar al-Assad's government swept across conservative social media …

Iran on track to kill more than 1,000 this year, UN expert reports

Iran is on track to execute more than 1,000 people in 2015, according to a scathing report from a United Nations analyst studying the rogue nation's actions.<p>Calling it an "unprecedented assault on the right to life in Iran," Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed described a surge in executions over the …

Former Iranian President Reportedly Makes a Big Admission About Nuclear Program

Former Iran President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in an interview with Iran’s state-run news outlet published this week that, while Iran initially aimed to use its nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, it “never abandoned” the plan to one day develop a nuclear weapon, an Iranian opposition …

Israel wants free trade zone with Eurasian Union ASAP

The negotiations between Israel and the EEU are being given the <i>"highest priority,"</i> TASS quotes the minister as saying.<p><i>"We have asked the Russians to</i> …

Turkey says nine dead in clash with Isis suspects

Two police reportedly killed by booby-traps during raid on a house used by a suspected terror cell in Diyarbakır with seven militants dying in shootout<p>Turkish police say they have raided a house used by a suspected Islamic State cell in the south-east of the country, triggering a clash that killed …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Russia is feeding hundreds of fighters to ISIS — and some are starting to return

The departures mean that the region itself has become markedly less violent recently with fewer bombings and shootings. And the returning fighters have either landed in jail or been kept under close police surveillance.<p>But there are long-term concerns that the presence of radical Muslims trained in …

The Russian village that sent 20 men to wage jihad in Syria

As the country puts on a show of force abroad, sources of extremism remain at home.<p>As the country puts on a show of force abroad, sources of extremism remain at home.<p>NOVOSASITLI, RUSSIA — In 2013, a quiet 23-year-old from Russia named Ahmed decided to travel to Syria to fight with an Islamist …

The Potential Trouble In The Middle East No One Is Talking About

Sometimes with so much happening in the news it’s easy to get bogged down and not think twice about what a headline really means. We just take it at face value and move on to the next headline. If we do that, there’s a good chance we’ll miss the bigger picture.<p>Let me explain.<p>I recently read an …

Iraq to adjust military spending, hire 10,000 new forces: minister

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A financial squeeze is forcing Iraq to put major weapons deals on hold, but the country will hire 10,000 additional paramilitary forces seen as critical in the fight against Islamic State, its finance minister said on Wednesday.<p>Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari speaks …

Middle East

Prisoners freed from Islamic State prison share the horrors they witnessed

Some of the 69 prisoners freed from an Islamic State jail in Iraq last Thursday are sharing what their lives were like in captivity, with most saying …

Doctors Without Borders says Saudi-led airstrikes bomb Yemen hospital

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen have destroyed a small hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the northern province of Saada, although there were no deaths and only one injury, the aid group said Tuesday.<p>The first of several strikes came around 11 p.m. on Monday …

Pentagon: ‘We’re in combat’ in Iraq

“We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.” – President Obama, June 13, 2014<p>“As I have said before, these American forces [in Iraq] will not have a combat mission.” – President Obama, Sept. 10, 2014<p>About 3,300 U.S. troops are now stationed in Iraq, where they are helping local …

No survivors after Russian airliner crashes in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

CAIRO — A Russian airliner carrying more than 200 passengers crashed in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian and Russian officials said Saturday, prompting two major carriers to divert flights from the area after Islamic State militants said they downed the aircraft.<p>The move by Germany’s …

Back to School in Mosul: The ISIS Curriculum

The so-called Islamic State continues to pretend it has the trappings of a real government. In addition to bogus ‘gold’ coins, it now offers a …

Russia conceals its military casualties as part of propaganda war

In the four weeks since Russia entered the conflict in Syria, Moscow has waged a fierce campaign for the hearts and minds of ordinary Russians.<p>Public …

U.S. Is Not Entering 'Into Syria's Civil War' By Sending Troops, Kerry Says

A decision by President Barack Obama to send special forces to Syria is strictly focused on fighting Islamic State insurgents and does not signify the United States is entering the civil war there, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.<p>"President Obama has made a very strong and forceful and …