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Iran’s Martyrdom Machine Springs to Life

Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric has put the Middle East on edge — and set up Tehran for its favorite role.

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If You’re a Refugee Dreaming of America, Don’t Come to Lebanon

This tiny country already hosts more than 1 million Syrians — and the U.S. resettlement process for them is completely broken.

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Russia Asks Lebanon to Close Its Airspace

The announcement potentially signals a new phase in Moscow's air war in Syria.

Argument

Obama Got It Right on the Islamic State

The United States can't defeat the jihadist group — it can only hope to contain it.

Dispatch

Syria’s Speed Freaks, Jihad Junkies, and Captagon Cartels

The chaos of the war against Bashar al-Assad is fueling the rise of a dangerous, new super-amphetamine across the Middle East.

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Ahead of Vienna Summit, Islamic State Militants Attack Beirut

Days before world leaders are set to gather in Vienna to discuss a solution to the crisis in Syria, Islamic State militants launched suicide attacks in Beirut.

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When Reagan Explained the Murder of Americans With an Analogy to Kitchen Repairs

Watching Hillary Clinton’s grueling Benghazi testimony, it’s amazing how far the United States has come in facing — and fearing — threats to national security from the Middle East.

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