This tag is associated with 11 posts

Debate: The war in Iraq: Was it worth it?

Guests: Peter W. Galbraith, former US diplomat and author of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End; Max Boot, military historian, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to General David Petraeus CNN, United States Advertisements

Israeli official: Report of Mossad agents posing as CIA spies ‘absolute nonsense’

While Israel usually does not respond to claims about Mossad activities, Israeli officials have issued a denial to accusations that Israeli agents posed as CIA officers to recruit members of a Pakistani terror group to wage a covert war against Iran. Israeli officials called the allegations “absolute nonsense” and said that if there were any … Continue reading

Israeli Mossad recruiting Iranian exiles in Iraq’s Kurdish region: report

Israeli Mossad recruiting Iranian exiles in Iraq’s Kurdish region: report

Analysis: In Iraq, militia’s shift could bolster Iran’s hand

As the Iraqi political crisis grows, the decision by Shiite militia Asaib al-Haq – known for its violent and anti-American actions as well as close ties with Iran – to become a full fledged political force further complicates the situation and worries Americans. Associated Press, United States Click here for the full story

Report: Armed groups trained in Jordan, Turkey infiltrate Syria

In the past two months, Syrian and Arab volunteers infiltrated Syria after completing their training on street fighting, mine and improvised explosive devices planting, storming military barracks and security centers. These fighters infiltrated Syrian territory from Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and the Kurdish and Sunni regions of Iraq. Al Bawaba, Jordan Click here for the full … Continue reading

Opinion: Is the Shiite Crescent a myth?

King Abdullah of Jordan received much criticism when he said in 2004 that the Arab countries had been surrounded by a “Shiite Crescent.” Now, as the waves of the Arab Spring begin to hit the shores of Syria, the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon axis is becoming more obvious. Today’s Zaman, Turkey Click here for the full story

Analysis: Division of Iraq becomes Turkey’s main concern

Despite the fact that French-Turkish crisis over Armenian genocide allegations, Iraq was raised to the first rank among Turkey’s foreign and security policy worries last week: in one single incident all main ethnical and religious fault lines in Iraq were shaken and on the day after the last American soldier left Iraq. In an interview,  Iraqi … Continue reading

Iraqi Vice President: Maliki Is Becoming a New Saddam

After fleeing to Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in Northern Iraq, Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi declared that the Iraqi political system is “drifting from building democracy to building an autocratic regime” — and implied that Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was becoming a new Saddam Hussein. Foreign Policy, United States Click here for the full story

Interview: Fareed Zakaria on Iraq and Iran

Fareed Zakaria discusses U.S. relations with Iraq and Iran as the U.S. leaves Iraq. CNN, United States

US forces mark end of Iraq mission

After nearly nine years, low-key ceremony near Baghdad marks end of of war that began with invasion to topple Saddam. Al Jazeera, Qatar Click here for the full story

Analysis: A new balance of power if Syria shifts away from Iran

If Damascus falls, regional politics will feel the reverbrations from Tehran to Tel Aviv. The National, United Arab Emirates Click here for the full story


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

The Middle-East ObserverHave you read something that is worth posting on the Middle-East Observer? Send us the URL of the article; we’ll review it, and if relevant, it will be posted! Click here to send us your suggestions