Matthew A Flure

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U.S. troops are on the ground in Yemen for offensive against al-Qaeda militants

A contingent of U.S. troops is involved in a Yemeni operation to push al-Qaeda militants from one of their key strongholds in central Yemen, the Pentagon said Friday.<p>A small number of troops are there to help with “intelligence sharing,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said, though he did not …

Iraqis wonder what will follow 'Islamic State' in Mosul

The 'Islamic State' is facing defeat in Mosul and Raqqa. Massive rivalries between groups within the coalition fighting IS are already posing serious …

Middle East

Destabilizing the Middle East (yet more)

<b>(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)</b><p>The Saudi regime is playing Donald Trump with potentially disastrous consequences<p>William D. Hartung<p>June 22, 2017 8:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some …

Middle East

How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East

The crisis convulsing the Persian Gulf, entangling the United States and now threatening to pull in Turkey and Iran, can be traced to a dilemma facing a man who had just deposed his own father.<p>When Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the crown prince of Qatar, took power in a bloodless coup in 1995, …

Qatar crisis: Coup attempts, the politics of revenge and the dream of becoming king

<i>Editor's note: On 21 June, Saudi King Salman named his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, relieving the previous crown prince, Mohammed bin</i> …

Middle East

Fears Grow That Climate Conflicts Could Lead to War

Among the 21st-century threats posed by climate change -- rising seas, melting permafrost and superstorms -- European leaders are warning of a …