Middle East

Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

The Independent

7 August 2012

The highest ranking-defector yet – the Syrian Prime Minister, Riad Hijab – deserted President Bashar al-Assad yesterday and headed for the highest-paying supporter of the country's rebels: the oil-stuffed state of Qatar.

Egypt to impose 'full control' over Sinai, says president

Egypt to impose 'full control' over Sinai, says president

 

The Guardian

6 August 2012

 

Egypt will impose full control over the Sinai, its new president has pledged, as the Israeli government warned of a deteriorating security situation after gunmen killed around 15 Egyptian border guards and hijacked armoured vehicles to launch an attack across the border in Israel.

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Ed Husain,

August 6, 2012

The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime's superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.

Nuclear Mirage? Assessing Civilian Nuclear Programs Across the Middle East

Nuclear Mirage? Assessing Civilian Nuclear Programs Across the Middle East

 

 

By Yoel Guzansky and Gallian Lindenstrauss

 

6 Aug 2012

 

Many states across the Middle East have embarked upon civilian nuclear projects. While Iran is widely regarded as the catalyst for this development, Yoel Guzansky and Gallian Lindenstrauss suggest that the region’s states are more concerned with developing programs that benefit their people than fending off a looming security challenge.

 

Israeli intelligence insiders warn of ‘imminent’ attack on Iran

Israeli intelligence insiders warn of ‘imminent’ attack on Iran

 

August 6, 2012

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS |

If Iranian government officials had a uranium centrifuge for each time a warning is issued of an impending military attack on Tehran, they would undoubtedly have a nuclear weapon by now. Warnings about such an attack are now ‘a-dime-a-dozen’.

TURKEY: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

TURKEY: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

By Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL

Aug 4 2012 (EurasiaNet) -

In a display of muscle-flexing, Turkish tanks this week carried out military exercises on the Syrian border, just a few kilometres away from towns that Syrian Kurds had seized from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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