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An cybersecurity expert working for the Israeli company Commun.it analyzes networks of fake users in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Jan. 23, 2019.

Israel and Iran Just Showed Us the Future of Cyberwar With Their Unusual Attacks

A shadow war fought largely in secret has reached a new, more open phase.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future

Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting in Managua on July 22, 2019.

Iran Is Working Hard to Revive Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

Reactivating old alliances in America’s soft underbelly is not as easy as it seems.

An Iraqi fighter inspects the site of an Islamic State attack the day before on a unit of the paramilitary force in Mukaishefah, about 110 miles north of Baghdad, on May 3.

How Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran Ended Up Strengthening ISIS

American troops helped keep a lid on the Islamic State in Iraq. The Suleimani killing changed all that.

US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, looks on during a briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on January 17.

Trump Administration Says Iran Could Exit Syria Amid Pandemic

The State Department’s top official for Iran thinks Russia and Syria see more benefits to a potential Iranian drawdown.

U.S. Army soldiers, part of the coalition against the Islamic State, at an air base northwest of Kirkuk, Iraq, before a planned pullout of U.S. forces, on March 29.

The Pentagon Tries to Pivot out of the Middle East—Again

Confusion over the removal of missiles and aircraft from Saudi Arabia could invite the aggression the United States is trying to avoid.

U.S. soldiers intervene against Iraqi protesters carrying flags of Kataib Hezbollah as they storm the U.S. Embassy.

A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq

The Iraqi government is finally starting to make progress in its attempt to curb the influence of Kataib Hezbollah.

U.S. soldiers stand guard at the K1 Air Base near Kirkuk in northern Iraq on March 29, during its handover ceremony. The K1 base is the third site U.S.-led coalition troops have left in March.

To Stop a U.S.-Iran War, Finlandize Iraq

By treating Iraqi territory as a neutral zone, Washington and Tehran can avoid conflict.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on May 8, 2018.

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Iran is resuming its enrichment of uranium, Syrian mercenaries are in Libya, and the Taliban are exploiting the coronavirus.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) arrives with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prior to a meeting  in New Delhi on Feb. 20, 2019.

Why Gulf States Are Backtracking on India

Islamophobia is undoing years of New Delhi’s diplomatic gains in the Middle East.

Iranians shop at the Grand Bazaar in Tehran on April 20 as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers.

Why Hassan Rouhani Ended Iran’s Lockdown

The Islamic Republic could face a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections, but keeping the economy closed down without a safety net would have likely led to unrest and collapse.

A young Iraqi protesting against corruption, unemployment, and failing public services in Baghdad, on Oct. 2, 2019.

The U.S.-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That’s a Good Thing

After 17 years, there is little love left between Washington and Baghdad. Upcoming talks may be the last opportunity to save their dysfunctional partnership.

Medical personnel work at Razi hospital, which has been allocated to treat COVID-19 patients in Ghaenshar, Iran, on April 9.

Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure

The Trump administration’s sanctions have made it impossible for Iranian medical personnel to keep themselves safe amid the pandemic.

A tourist wearing a protective mask tours outside the Colosseum.

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History lesson in pandemics, Iraqi militias becoming more aggressive, and the danger facing India’s sanitation workers.

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