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ISIS Attacks Mecca

Four alleged ISIS fighters dead amid shooting and explosions.

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Turkey’s Two-Front War

Ankara is now squeezed between the fight against IS in Syria and the fight against the PKK at home.

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The Syrian Civil War Comes to the Druze

After years of steering clear of the fight, Syria’s Druze are now in danger of being drawn into the war’s horrors.

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Kurds Advance Against ISIS in Northern Syria

A Kurdish push in northeast Syria offers hope of linking up different Kurdish pockets into a unified territory.

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Sectarian War in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Shi’a start to arm in wake of latest bombing, sowing division within the Kingdom.

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Al-Qaeda Seizes Seaport & Airport

The group, thought until recently to be overshadowed by ISIS, is back in the headlines.

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The Meaning of Kobani

Whether Kobani falls or stands, it has become a defining moment of nationhood and identity for Syrian and Turkish Kurds.

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Infighting Deflates Hopes for Iraqi Unity Government?

Both the Kurds and the Sunnis want to press Iraq’s parliament for better treatment. Can Baghdad afford prolonged negotiations while it continues to battle the ISIS threat?

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Strange Bedfellows in Iraq Crisis

The rescuers of the Yazidis weren’t just any Kurds—they were PKK, and their presence is making an impact on the conflict in northern Iraq.

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Why Didn't the U.S. Intelligence Services See ISIS Coming?

The failure to anticipate Maliki’s coup is only the latest in a long line of US intelligence problems, which also include the failure to take ISIS’ true measure.

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Department of Can-Kicking

So much for a breakthrough.

The Noose Tightens

As Putin heads to meet French President Emanuel Macron next week, his security services are interrogating a celebrated Cannes-winning director in Moscow.

TPP Post Trump

Picking up the pieces of TPP may be more difficult than many in Asia imagine, leaving China with an attractive opening.

Atrocity in England

Twenty-two people were killed in a bombing at a children’s concert, the deadliest in the UK since the 7/7 bombings.

Seeing a Pattern...

To lose one President to a corruption scandal may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two in a row begins to look like carelessness.

Crude Economics

Iraq isn’t towing the cartel line.

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