September 23, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Airstrikes in Syria conducted Monday night by the United States with the support of five Arab nations sent a decisive message to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and marked a significant diplomatic achievement. However, questions remain about whether President Obama and his aides undermineded the operation with public warnings that airstrikes in Syria were imminent.

Obama’s Warning Might Have Alerted ISIS to Airstrikes in Syria
President Obama on the White House South Lawn on Tuesday pleged to "take the fight to the terrorist group" ISIS. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Why Netanyahu is Under Fire for Gaza Cease-fire Agreement
September 5, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Israeli forces pounded Gaza over the summer, yet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being heavily criticized for accepting an Aug. 26 cease-fire agreement. The objectives of the operation have not been met, the critics claim. Chief among those goals was disarming Hamas to enhance Israel’s security.
Chaos Opens New Options for Israel, as US Ties Suffer
September 4, 2014
In the spreading chaos and rapidly shifting geopolitics of the Middle East, Israel for the first time finds itself in a position of formal or informal alliance with much of the Sunni Muslim world but increasingly at odds with its strongest historical backer in the West, the United States.
EU-Russian Standoff Traps Moldova, Europe’s Poorest Nation
September 4, 2014
As the standoff between the European Union and Russia over the fate of Ukraine and the other former Soviet republics of Eastern Europe intensifies, the Kremlin seems likely to increase its efforts to destabilize Moldova — the continent’s most impoverished country. Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to punish Moldova for moving closer with the EU.
Russia, Iran Eying Sanctions-Busting Barter Deal
September 4, 2014
Russia and Iran are negotiating an agreement to trade oil for goods in a barter deal that would violate international sanctions on Iranian oil exports. Moscow and Tehran have signed a preliminary agreement, and both sides have powerful incentives to move forward.
Nightmare in Libya: Unlikely Player Takes on the Jihadists
September 3, 2014
The West has been mesmerized by the social-media-savvy Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. But who is dealing with out-of-control Libya, where the government admits it has no authority over its own ministry buildings in Tripoli and where 11 airliners have gone missing, posing a 9/11 anniversary terrorist threat?
S. Asia Also Alarmed by ISIS Threat From Returning Jihadists
September 3, 2014
From Pakistan to Indonesia, countries across southern Asia are intensifying counterterrorism operations over growing fears of radical Islamists returning home after fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Their concerns — like those in Europe, the United States and northern Africa — are proving well-founded, as local militants strive to hitch their fortunes to the brutal terrorist army.
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