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Lack of political process in Iraq ‘risks further gains for Isis’

From the air, things appear to be going well for the US-led coalition that has dropped more than 1,700 bombs on Islamic State (Isis) targets in Iraq and Syria, scattering the terror group in some areas and slowing its momentum in others.<p>But the view on the ground tells a different story, officials …

Egypt's ban on Jewish festival is a reflection of nation's attitudes

Not so long ago, this time of year would have brought the echo of songs and chants to the winding streets of this somnolent village in Egypt's Nile Delta — joyous celebrations honoring a 19th century Jewish sage.<p>In its heyday, the festival drew thousands of Jewish pilgrims paying tribute at the …

Jordan's Quiet Emergency

How much longer can the kingdom support a million refugees?<p>AMMAN, Jordan—When the <i>adhan</i> sounds, a sigh of relief ripples across the room. The call to prayer marks the end of the day’s Ramadan fasting and the go-ahead for seven disabled children, six volunteers, one grandmother, and two supervisors, …

Israel's three Bs plot Gaza strategy while sidelined hawks fume

Israel's military operation in Gaza is being overseen by a tight-knit group of three men, fast becoming known as the "three Bs" – Bibi, Bogie and Benny.<p>Bibi is the name by which the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is almost universally known. Bogie is the nickname of Moshe Ya'alon, the …

Associated Press News

Battlefield grows as Hamas infiltrates Israel

<b>Gaza City (CNN)</b> -- The battle between Israel and Gazan militants is growing, as the Israel Defense Forces announced early Sunday that it will expand its ground offensive.<p>On Saturday, Hamas Islamist fighters infiltrated nearby parts of Israel via underground tunnels and clashed with Israeli troops. …

We will stand by Isis until Maliki steps down, says leader of Iraq's biggest tribe

Exclusive: Ali Hatem Suleimani tells Telegraph he will not break his military alliance with Isis to help form a united Sunni-Shia government while Nouri al-Maliki remains Iraqi prime minister<p>The leader of <b>Iraq</b>’s biggest tribe has refused to break his military alliance with the Islamist extremist …

The surprising appeal of ISIS

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, smashed its way into the world’s consciousness earlier this month when it seized Mosul and the Beiji …

Iraq's New Parliament to Convene and Start Choosing Key Leaders

Prime Minister Maliki Fighting for his Political Life<p>BAGHDAD—Iraq's newly elected parliament will take a critical first step Tuesday to forge a new leadership that will try to stem the sectarian conflict threatening the country with disintegration.<p>Legislators convene for the first time to choose a …

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: More than Just a June Surprise – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

On June 29, 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared a caliphate in territories it holds in Iraq and Syria.[1] In the past few …

Israel's Former Ambassador: Militant Shias Are More Dangerous Than Sunnis

Michael Oren made the provocative claim that "the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shias," while insisting that the U.S. should never ally with Iran, even against Sunni terrorists.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Michael Oren, an American-born diplomat who served as Israel's ambassador to the United States, joked at …

The Kurds May Seize the Moment to Break Free of Iraq

Their centuries-old dream of statehood is coming closer amid the chaos of war.<p>As Sunni fighters led by the jihadist group ISIS have pressed forward, capturing the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Tikrit, and Ramadi and encircling Baghdad, Iraq's Kurds have taken advantage of the chaos by expanding their …

Taking the Long View on the Middle East

The region is undergoing a convulsion that could take decades to sort itself out.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—The Obama administration, it seems, now has a strategy for addressing the spiraling crises in Syria and Iraq. It will spend $500 million on training and arming vetted Syrian rebels. It will push for the …

Ballot is battleground for Israeli town torn by religion

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (Reuters) - When this Israeli town goes to the polls on Tuesday, the vote may decide more than a bitter mayoral race. Many see it as a bellwether for the strained secular-religious relations throughout the Jewish state.<p>Moshe Abutbul (2nd L), the ultra-Orthodox Jewish mayor of …

Tatar Sunni Muslims pose a threat to Russia's occupation of Crimea

Russia may be tightening its grip on Crimea, with little resistance to date, but they have yet to face the Crimean Tatar factor.<p>There are 266,000 Crimean Tatars in Crimea, over 13% of the local population. They are Sunni Muslim, traditionally pro-Ukrainian, and much better organised than the local …

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: How to Meditate: 18 Tips to Successful Sitting Practice

In order to lead a more enlightened life, it is important, first of all, to understand how the human mind works. We are often unknowing prisoners of our minds, swept away by whatever thought we may be having at the time. We give our thoughts too much power.<p>Lost in regretting the past, or …

Mindfulness

The Syrian War’s Private Donors Lose Faith

Jamaan Herbash used to smile when he talked about Syria. When I met the former Kuwaiti parliamentarian, a year ago, just outside Kuwait City, he scrolled through snapshots of Syria on his iPhone as if they were vacation pictures. One showed him with Free Syrian Army fighters in Aleppo, another was …

Grappling With Holodomor

Thoughts On Timothy Snyder's The Bloodlands<p>A few days ago, I listened to a chapter in Timothy Snyder's <i>The Bloodlands</i> on famine in Ukraine during the 1930s. The famine was man-made--the result of Stalin making war against his own citizens in Ukraine. I listened (I have the book in MP3 format) to …

The Second Crisis: the impact of Syrian refugees in Jordan

Earlier this year cameraman James Stittle and I went to Jordan to tell the story of the Syrian refugee crisis from a unique perspective: that of the …

Kerry sees progress on Israeli-Palestinian framework deal

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards a “framework agreement” to guide their talks on a formal peace deal but still have some way to go, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Palestinian …

Netanyahu vows to fight for Israeli control over settlement blocs, Hebron

In closed-door Likud faction meeting, PM says he has successfully persuaded US Secretary of State John Kerry to adopt positions viewed more favorably …

Israel

Why Iraq’s Most Violent Province Is a War Zone Again

The pitched battles in the Iraqi province of Anbar this week – first between Sunni tribesmen and the government and then between al-Qaeda and the …

How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War

Talk to any Syrian you meet on the Syrian-Turkish border these days, and in less than five minutes the conversation is likely to turn to <i>Da’ash</i>—the …

Sada

Jalel Harchaoui<p>To maintain his reputation as Libya’s only savior, Haftar is now more likely to make dramatic moves against declared enemies and …