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The Two Faces of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (War on the Rocks | Gregory D. Johnsen)

About a decade ago, four men sat down in front of a video camera in a safe house in Yemen and started to record.Read More

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A Regional Stage Set for Violent Escalation

Over the past three weeks, senior US officials have issued a series of increasingly sharp warnings to the Iranian government to cease threats to US personnel or face the consequences.Read More

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What Rouhani’s Speech at the UN Reveals about Iran (The National Interest | Geneive Abdo)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani certainly received a warmer welcome at the United Nations General Assembly this week than President Donald Trump, but an examination of Rouhani’s misleading statements on the Middle East should raise eyebrows.Read More

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Ahead of UNGA, Ahvaz attack underscores Iran’s domestic fissures

The same week that the United States and Iran are heading for a showdown at the United Nations General Assembly, an attack that killed twenty five, including members of Iran’s prized Revolutionary Guard, has caused tensions between the two countries...Read More

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Yemen’s Three Wars (Lawfare | Gregory D. Johnsen)

Last month, over the course of a few days in Yemen, one governor survived a roadside bomb while a second was denied entry through a checkpoint ostensibly run by his own government.Read More

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What a New Terrorist Designation Says About Iranian Action in Bahrain (Just Security | Norman T. Roule)

The State Department’s August 13 designation of Qassim al-Muamen as a terrorist, serves as the latest reminder that Iran’s destabilizing actions are not limited to Iraq, Syria and Yemen.Read More

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Here’s How the Negotiations over the Next Iraq Government Are Going (The National Interest| Geneive Abdo)

The chaos sweeping Iraq has become so deep—even by Middle East standards—that the country’s top religious leader is taking it upon himself to try to restore calm and create a political roadmap.Read More

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17 Years Ago Today, Our Endless War Began With 60 Words (BuzzFeed News | Gregory D. Johnsen)

Seventeen years ago the US went to war on the strength of a single sentence: 60 words that were written,Read More

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For Saudi Arabia, an Electric Opportunity in Iraq (War on the Rocks | Evan Langenhahn)

Last month, protests broke out in Basra after the Iranian government cut one-third of the total electricityused by Iraq’s second-largest city.Read More

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It’s Time to Stop Talking About Terrorists As If They’re Diabolical Geniuses (The Atlantic | Gregory D. Johnsen)

The video, shot from a respectful distance, shows the two brothers embracing one last time, somewhere on the Yemeni side of the border.Read More

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