October 20, 2014

By Lisa M. Ruth

Ragtag rebels fighting independently of each other with hit-and-run tactics are harassing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They are adding to the chaos and confusion in Syria’s three-year civil war, but they are unlikely to accomplish much with their pinprick tactics against the powerful terrorist army.

Freelance Rebels Hitting ISIS Unlikely to Change Ground War
Smoke rises over Kobani from a U.S. airstrike Monday. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)
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.
Black Market Oil Fuels North Korea
September 9, 2014
By Gordon G. Chang

Has North Korea ground to a standstill because of a lack of oil? Did China cut them off? Is Russia filling the void, and what is Iran up to in the shadowy world of black market oil sales? Those questions have many answers. Some may be true.
NATO’s Turkey Shares Blame for Rise of ISIS
September 9, 2014
Turkey helped to create a monster when it backed rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and many of those fighters joined the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq. The terrorist army initially greatly benefited from Turkish help, as it freely crossed the border with Syria. But now the ISIS has turned on its benefactor and declared Turkey an “infidel.”
Fleitz: Attack ISIS in Syria Even If It Helps Assad
September 9, 2014
By: Fred Fleitz

Three questions are being raised by pundits and politicians about how Iran and Syria’s Assad regime should figure into possible military action by the United States and its allies against the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
  • Is it a mistake to attack ISIS in Syria because ISIS is also an enemy of Syrian President Bashar Assad and such attacks may ensure he holds on to power?
  • Should the U.S. team up with the Assad regime to attack ISIS in Syria?
  • Should the U.S. work with Iran to destroy ISIS?
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