(By Sharmine Narwani) It’s been a bad time for foes of ISIS. Islamic State scored a neat hat-trick by invading strategic Ramadi in Iraq’s mainly Sunni Anbar province, occupying Syria’s historic gem Palmyra, and taking over Al-Tanf, the last remaining border crossing with Iraq.
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By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)
The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C. October 28, 2014
Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East
*The figures quoted above have been collected from local and international newspapers. The number of ceasefire violations may vary across sources.
Why is this time different?
The resumption of hostilities has displaced an estimated 30,000 villagers, who have fled their border homes in anticipation of further violence. This year . . . → Read More: Making sense of Pakistan – India LoC
The Human Rights Watch accused the Israeli forces on Monday of firing on and killing civilians in the southern Gaza town of Khuzaa in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25.
Deliberate attacks on civilians who are not participating in the fighting are war crimes, the HRW . . . → Read More: Israel killing of Palestinian civilians violates international humanitarian law, reports Human Rights Watch
The long and the short of it is that I do not like India, I do not trust the Indians in India and I have a strong suspicion that they entirely reciprocate these feelings. I have nothing against the Indians as people
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Pakistan on Sunday ordered a temporary stay of executions following objections from the president and rights groups, days before they were due to resume after a five-year moratorium.
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When it comes to debating terrorism and the current security situation of the province, political parties in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly remain polarised in their views.
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According to one of the more hard line analysts a fourth generation war—4GW—has been declared on Pakistan. The dots he connects to make the mosaic are—the insurgency in FATA, the lawlessness and violence in Baluchistan and Karachi, the insidious propaganda to defame and defang the military and intelligence institutions, the rapid economic decline and . . . → Read More: Tacstrat Analysis: The Invisible War