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  • Call them Islamic extremists Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants attack ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

    The US needs to stop tiptoeing around religious sensitivity when it comes to terrorist acts in the name of Islam, says David Phillips.

  • What the US needs to do to defeat ISIS Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    Members of the Iraqi Kurdish forces stand at the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, as smoke billows in the background on February 2, 2015, a fews days after Peshmerga forces and police retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group.

    If the US is serious about defeating ISIS, it needs to arm the Kurds—or this is going to wind up in US boots on the ground, says David Phillips.

  • Cyberspace: 'A credible theater of war'?  Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    FireEye have released a report about a hacking operation that breached the Syrian opposition's data through the use of fake female identities. Richard Turner, EMEA vice=-president of FireEye, explains further.

  • Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    We need a strategy, says Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), discussing transition in Saudi Arabia amid instability in the Middle East and ISIS terror attacks.

  • A turning point in the war against ISIS Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:27 PM ET
    A Kurdish man holds up a weapon as he tours with others the streets of Ras al-Ain in celebration, after it was reported that Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani, January 26, 2015.

    The liberation of this Syrian city marks a turning point in the war against ISIS, says David Phillips.

  • Draining the swamp of support for terrorism Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 3:14 PM ET

    Draining the swamp that gives rise to extremism and terrorism is a generational endeavor. The West's policies warrant review, says David Phillips.

  • US sanctions North Korea for Sony hacks Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    The U.S. government tightened sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the devastating cyberattacks against Sony.

  • DUBAI, Jan 1- Falling world oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, takes action to reverse the slump, Iran's deputy foreign minister told Reuters. Oil prices closed on Wednesday at a 5-1/ 2 year low, registering their second-biggest ever annual decline after OPEC oil exporters, led by Saudi...

  • Don't cheer Iraq oil agreement just yet Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    U.S. officials heralded the oil revenue-sharing agreement in Iraq but they should not rush to judgment. Here's why.

  • BEIRUT/ CAIRO, Dec 27- Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative. Syrian state television quoted a source at the foreign ministry saying: " Syria is ready to participate in preliminary...

  • BEIRUT/ CAIRO, Dec 27- Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war. Syrian state television quoted a source at the foreign ministry saying " Syria is ready to participate in preliminary consultations in Moscow in order to meet the aspirations of Syrians...

  • BEIRUT, Dec 27- Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war. "Syria is ready to participate in preliminary consultations in Moscow in order to meet the aspirations of Syrians to find a way out of crisis," state television said, quoting a source at the Syrian...

  • What needs to happen next in Iraq Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 PM ET
    Peshmerga fighters departed from the Zommar district arrive in the Sinun town of Sinjar district of Mosul, to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, in Iraq on December 19, 2014.

    The next thing that needs to happen in Iraq is liberating Mosul, says David Phillips. Here's how local leaders envision it.

  • President Barack Obama speaking at the end of the year press conference at the White House, Dec. 19, 2014.

    "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama said of Sony's decision.

  • White House turns the corner on VA scandal Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

    The White House has managed to move forward from Veteran Affairs health care scandal, among other events, reports NBC News.

  • What the lame-duck Congress tells us about 2015 Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    The lame-duck session, which begins this week, could be instructive on what to expect from Congress next year, says Politico's Ben White.

  • GOP Senate may have limited foreign policy impact Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET
    A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014.

    With many foreign policy issues overshadowed by wider global forces, don't expect major shifts under the GOP-controlled Senate.

  • ISIS dons family-friendly guise to lure women, kids Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    ISIS is using a family-friendly message to attract women and kids to enlist, reports NBC News.

  • US needs to be more proactive on ISIS Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:28 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist".

    The US has only jumped into ISIS battles at the last minute to avert disaster. It's time to get ahead, says David Phillips.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria. The EU imposed similar sanctions on Colonel Mohammed Bilal, a senior officer in the Air Force Intelligence Service of Syria, and Major-General Ghassan...