September 15, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria answered President Obama’s Sept. 10 primetime address announcing a new U.S. strategy to defeat the terrorist army by beheading British aid worker David Haines.

Washington and London immediately denounced the ISIS and pledged to step up efforts to destroy it, but questions remain about whether either country is prepared to do enough to stop the brutal juggernaut with as many as 30,000 fighters who control an area the size of Britain and rake in about $3 million a day from black-market oil sales.

ISIS Delivers Brutal Response to Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Speech
Iraq girls in Basra on Saturday hold signs appealing to the U.S. to "help women who are abused by the ISIS." (Haidar Mohammed/Getty Images)
Qatar Cuts Funds to Hamas After Saudis Threaten War
September 15, 2014
Saudi Arabia finally lost patience with its tiny neighbor, Qatar, and demanded that the rogue emirate stop promoting and financing radical Islam, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Riyadh also pressed for changes in Qatar-controlled al-Jazeera’s anti-Saudi editorial stance.
New India-Japan Partnership Counters China’s Clout
September 12, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, punctuated by a joint declaration, sent a strong signal to a region increasingly under China’s shadow. Modi and Abe are clearly eager to boost trade and defense ties to revitalize their poor economies and counter China’s regional belligerence.
ISIS Targets Lebanon, the New Front for Warring Terror Armies
September 12, 2014
Beirut was once called the “Paris of the Middle East.” Now it is the capital of a failed nation. Lebanon — small but strategically located — is exposed to terrorist threats that could further cripple the chaotic country and region.
Saudi Arabia Condemns Terrorism While Funding It
September 11, 2014
Saudi Arabia has donated $100 million dollars to the United Nations to support a counterterrorism center, but the kingdom is one of the primary sources of funding for jihadist groups, including the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This duplicity contributes to the increasing instability in the Middle East and is a toxic element in the growing strains in U.S.-Saudi relations.
Two Years After Benghazi, New Book Revives Debate
September 11, 2014
Washington is again debating the mystery still surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. A new book claims that armed CIA contractors were ordered to “stand down” as they tried to rush to the rescue of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans killed in the assault. A House special committee is also preparing to hold its first public hearing next week on the tragedy.
Hungry Russia Seeks Food from Asia After Spat with US, EU
September 10, 2014
With relations between Moscow and the European Union deteriorating rapidly, the Kremlin is looking to Asia to help feed the Russian people. Russia’s trade pivot to the East is likely to intensify as President Vladimir Putin continues to anger the West with his support of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.
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