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June 9, 2017
How Trump Is Inflaming the Middle East’s Proxy Wars
He has emboldened a recklessly aggressive Saudi government, which is now destroying Yemen, imposing a blockade on Qatar—and could even stumble into war with Iran.
June 8, 2017
ISIL Hits Tehran; Trump Blames Victim, Iran Hard-Liners Blame Saudis
ISIL uses terror to set people against one another, so by that standard, its attack on Iran may be more successful than the ones in Britain.
May 22, 2017
What Explains Trump’s Sharp About-Face on Saudi Arabia?
It has more than a little to do with the power of the Saudi lobby—as well as the administration’s deep hostility toward Iran.
May 15, 2017
In Tartous, Syria, Women Wear Black, Youth Are in Hiding, and Bitterness Grows
This Alawite city used to support the regime, but most now believe Assad cheated his own people by sending them into an endless, pointless war.
April 7, 2017
What Is It With US Presidents and Tomahawk Cruise-Missile Strikes?
Typically deployed symbolically by presidents facing domestic political troubles, they rarely have significant military effect.
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April 3, 2017
Trump’s Generals Are Considering a Wider War in Yemen
A humanitarian crisis already threatens to starve millions. Deeper US involvement in the civil war will only make it far worse.
March 30, 2017
How the Syrian Civil War Has Transformed Hezbollah
The Lebanese Shiite militia, which has played a central role in defending the Assad regime, is now a powerful regional player.
January 30, 2017
Trump’s Ban Is Hurting Some Victims of Terrorism
A poignant scene at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend.
December 14, 2016
Trump’s Foreign-Policy Appointees Are Set to Provoke War With Iran
Their extremism in military and intelligence affairs is unprecedented in recent US history.
December 1, 2016
A Letter From Rebel-Controlled Idlib, Syria
“Let Nusra go to hell,” says a member of the Islamic police, who are despised by the people and even by their own employees.