Middle East Aflame Why Trump May Escalate in Yemen
General Mattis wants an early chance to roll back Iranian gains in the region, and despite the risks, Yemen seems like a tempting place to start.
Middle East Aflame The Second Front Against ISIS Opens
The collapse of order in the Middle East and the Obama administration’s lame response to it won’t be washed away by the fall of ISIS. But ISIS needs to die
Meanwhile, in Syria…
What’s been happening in Syria since the “cessation of hostilities” began to take effect about ten days ago? Both less and more than meets the eye of the casual observer.
Middle East Aflame Turkey Threatens To Invade Syria
Turkey could wind up attacking targets inside Syria—not primarily to counteract ISIS, but to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state.
Middle East Aflame Putting a Brave Face on ISIS Advances
A meeting of stakeholders of the anti-ISIS coalition met in Paris and concluded that everything’s going swimmingly. What kind of victories will ISIS need to score for a change in strategy?
Middle East Aflame Assad Broadens The Sectarian War
Thousands of Pakistani and Afghan mercenaries are flooding into Syria, financed by Iran, which is doubling down on its commitment to keep Assad in power.