October 21, 2014

By Alec Weisman

Worried by the recent success of Shiite tribesmen in Yemen, Sunni-ruled Bahrain is desperate to deter its Shiite-majority population from reviving their Arab Spring protests. However, the latest aggressive crackdown in the tiny island kingdom just before parliamentary elections next month may backfire and lead to greater unrest for the strategically important American ally torn between the two main factions of Islam.

Islamic Tensions Rock Strategic US Ally Bahrain
Anti-government protests demand democratic reforms in a September demonstration in Bahrain. (Mohammed al-Shaikh/Getty Images)
Ebola, Bioweapons Pose Huge Security Threat
October 2, 2014
By Joel Himelfarb

Growing public health concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus and the confused and often chaotic response of the government and public health authorities show the need for serious national attention to the security threats posed by biological weapons.
Naval Exercise Shows Growing Chinese-Iranian Military Ties
October 1, 2014

By Jack Caravelli

China and Iran last month conducted their first joint naval exercise, a pointed reminder of each nation’s intent to increase military cooperation. The exercise, held over four days in territorial and international waters around strategically important southern Iran, involved a Chinese frigate and a guided-missile destroyer, which first docked at the Iranian port Bandar Abbas. Several Iranian warships joined them later in the exercise.

Saudis Use Oil as a Weapon Against Russia
September 30, 2014

Heard in London

By Jeremy Bradshaw

When President Reagan wanted to destroy the Soviet Union, he secretly asked the Saudis to raise the price of oil. That helped trigger the bankruptcy of the USSR because Moscow lacked the dollars to buy imported fuel.

Today, with a resurgent Russia, the Saudis are again deploying the oil weapon against the Kremlin, according to Neil Barnett, a London-based security-and-risk analyst. But this time, there is a twist.

Iran-backed Jihadists In Yemen Deal Blow to US Drone Strategy
September 29, 2014
While the world was focused on Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria, jihadist rebels allied with Iran have captured the capital of Yemen, a country President Obama has cited as a success in the U.S.-backed war on terrorism.
ISIS Deploys Imagery to Inspire Barbaric Attacks Worldwide
September 29, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

The beheading of an Oklahoma woman by an ex-con who recently converted to Islam is the latest example of so-called “lone-wolf” terrorists abroad inspired and recruited by the publicity from the horrific violence committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Cameron Sought ISIS Vote to Reverse Syria Humiliation
September 26, 2014
Heard in London

by Jeremy Bradshaw


British Prime Minister David Cameron told the United Nations this week that the United Kingdom is willing to “play its part” in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But first he needed approval from the British Parliament.
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