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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To Stop a U.S.-Iran War, Finlandize Iraq
By treating Iraqi territory as a neutral zone, Washington and Tehran can avoid conflict.
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Iran is resuming its enrichment of uranium, Syrian mercenaries are in Libya, and the Taliban are exploiting the coronavirus.
Why Gulf States Are Backtracking on India
Islamophobia is undoing years of New Delhi’s diplomatic gains in the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
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History lesson in pandemics, Iraqi militias becoming more aggressive, and the danger facing India’s sanitation workers.