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After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

By Brian M Downing The Syrian civil war has raged for over a year now, ever since peaceful protest turned into armed rebellion. In recent months, rebel groups have become more effective and various armed units have emerged. They have little in common beside opposition to the Assad regime, and their allegiance to any command […]

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In region of its birth, Christianity is under increasing assault

In region of its birth, Christianity is under increasing assault

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Though it’s the birthplace of Christianity in ancient times, the modern Middle East is increasingly hostile to Christianity as civil conflict, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism grow in scope and strength. Although most regional states have a small but successful Christian minority ranging from Egypt to Iraq, only Lebanon, […]

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UN report card cites 'progress' in post-surge Iraq

UN report card cites 'progress' in post-surge Iraq

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — “Iraq continues to make progress in consolidating its young democracy, strengthening the rule of law, developing its institutions and addressing the economic and social challenges,” states Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a progress report on the strife ridden Middle Eastern country.  Yet in this periodic survey of Iraq, […]

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A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

By John J. Metzler  It’s once again that time of year to consult the crystal ball and to try to peer into the future. In this case I’m peering into a cloudy snow globe which stresses meteorology over geopolitics, but here goes with some predictions to inform, advise, and muse over the international situation. War […]

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UN formally ends 'dark era of Saddam Hussein'

UN formally ends 'dark era of Saddam Hussein'

By John J. Metzler  United Nations — A lingering set of political and economic sanctions, most dating from Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and its aftermath, have finally been lifted from Iraq. A high-level Ministerial meeting of the fifteen member UN Security Council, decided to repeal the residue of remaining restrictions on Iraqi petroleum […]

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Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com [From the upcoming edition of East-Asia-Intel.com]   As Chairman Mao Zedong’s faithful follower, President Hu Jintao evidently understands well this popular adage of the Great Helmsman’s: “Turn a bad thing into a good thing.”   This perhaps explains the extraordinary lengths to which the Hu Jintao leadership has gone in venting the […]

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More foreign fighters seen slipping back into Iraq

More foreign fighters seen slipping back into Iraq

BAGHDAD – Intelligence officials say foreign fighters have been slipping back into Iraq in larger numbers recently and may have been behind some of the most devastating attacks this year, reviving a threat the U.S. military believed had been almost entirely eradicated. It is impossible to verify the actual numbers of foreign insurgents entering the […]

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Report: As U.S. moves out, Iran moving into Iraq

WASHINGTON — Iran has significantly expanded its intervention and is ready to transform Iraq into a proxy, a report said. The Center for New Politics and Policy asserted that Iran was filling the vacuum left by the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq. In a report titled “Iraq’s Shi’a Leadership Crisis and the Iranian End Game,” […]

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Kurdish government in northern Iraq on the defensive after death of freelance reporter

Kurdish government in northern Iraq on the defensive after death of freelance reporter

WASHINGTON – The Kurdish autonomous government in northern Iraq has cracked down on dissent.  The Kurdistan Regional Government was said to have been harassing independent journalists in Iraq. A leading U.S. human rights group cited the killing of a Kurdish journalist in May 2010 that could be linked to the regime of President Masoud Barzani, […]

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Coup fears in Iraq as tensions mount between Sunni, pro-Iran groups

Coup fears in Iraq as tensions mount between Sunni, pro-Iran groups

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on a possible military coup in Iraq amid concerns about growing political instability in Baghdad. The coup fears were prompted by worries that Iraqi leader Nouri al Maliki will not be able to remain in power and that the Iraqi military, or […]