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The Battle for Aleppo

The Battle for Aleppo

Robert G. Rabil

August 14, 2012

Notwithstanding the destruction and staggering loss of life as the raging battle for Syria's commercial capital of Aleppo continues, the battle for both the regime and the opposition has taken on a multidimensional strategic aspect. The battle for Aleppo confirms that the first phase of the Syrian civil war has ended, and the battle for consolidating sectarian cantonization has begun. And it has initiated a process with far-reaching implications for Syria and the region.

The Libyan Crisis and West African Sahel: Emerging Security Issues

The Libyan Crisis and West African Sahel: Emerging Security Issues

 

 

 

August 14, 2012

The Arab Spring has posed varied challenges to countries in the North African region. While Egypt and Tunisia have transitioned to their first democratically elected governments following decades of autocratic rule, Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria have witnessed protests that have not translated into as dramatic changes for their government structures.

Former Syrian PM: Assad controls only 30% of the country

Former Syrian PM: Assad controls only 30% of the country

By Reuters

Aug.14, 2012 |

Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab said on Tuesday President Bashar Assad's government is falling apart and only controls 30 percent of the country, in his first public appearance since defecting to the opposition.

Iran government criticized over earthquake response

Iran government criticized over earthquake response

By Yeganeh Torbati

DUBAI

Tue Aug 14, 2012

(Reuters) - Iran's government faced criticism on Monday over its response to two earthquakes that killed 306 people, with complaints of a lack of tents and about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to go ahead with an overseas trip.

Exclusive: Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt

Exclusive: Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt

By Mariam Karouny

BEIRUT

Tue Aug 14, 2012

(Reuters) - Veteran fighters of last year's civil war in Libya have come to the front-line in Syria, helping to train and organize rebels under conditions far more dire than those in the battle against Muammar Gaddafi, a Libyan-Irish fighter has told Reuters.

Iran's ties to Latin America worry U.S.

Iran's ties to Latin America worry U.S.

Stewart M. Powell

12 August 2012

Washington - Ever since Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a deal with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for weekly air service between the nations' distant capitals, American officials have worried that Iranian-backed terrorists could reach the rim of Latin America, pick up fake Venezuelan passports and sneak into the United States.

Now, with growing talk of a pre-emptive attack by Israel to slow Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program, Iran has threatened that it would retaliate across the globe. And Iran's easy access to the Western Hemisphere has U.S. officials particularly concerned.

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