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The Mess in the Middle East
The Mess in the Middle East
As Kurds Advance, Arabs Enlist to Fight for ISIS

Tribalism and other forces make ending the “caliphate” more complicated than it at first appears.

The Mess in the Middle East
Turkey’s Kurdish Problem—and Ours

Turkey has expressed outrage that the U.S. is working with the Syrian Kurds against ISIS.

The Mess in the Middle East
Turkey and Israel to Restore Diplomatic Ties

Turkey’s worries about Russia are again pushing it toward the West, and Israel’s gas reserves are giving the country new regional clout.

The Mess in the Middle East
Turkey Squares Off Against Russia, Iraq

Ankara refuses to withdraw troops from northern Iraq.

The Mess in the Middle East
Russia Leads in Syria as U.S. Falters

The U.S.-backed alliance in Syria is still little more than Kurds and on-paper agreements with small Arab forces.

The Mess in the Middle East
Has the Administration Found an Iraq Plan?

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs unveils new measures on trip to Kurdistan.

The Mess in the Middle East
Is ISIS Using Chemical Weapons Too?

Sources suggest chlorine attacks against the Iraqi Army, and potentially more to come.

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The organization’s reckless and misleading use of its imprimatur is poisonous for public debate.


Members failed to produce enough votes to block the cultivation of two new GM crops.


Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats defied pollsters’ predictions on Sunday, trouncing Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats in a closely watched election in Saarland.

"Peak" Oil?

The UK may have just found its biggest new reserve of offshore crude this century.

Land of the Rising Gun

Shinzo Abe is not letting the North Korean crisis go to waste.


The Obama Recovery didn’t do much for the housing sector.

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