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Iraqi Kurdistan needs Turkey’s political and security support to emerge as an independent state, says former White House adviser David L. Phillips.
Priceless pieces of history have become one of the four most common commodities to be trafficked by smugglers. NBC News reports.
"This is going to burn for a long time," said Kenneth Pollack, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and a former CIA Iraq military analyst.
Iraq is on the verge of collapse—and working with Iran is a "flawed strategy," says former White House foreign-affairs adviser David L. Phillips.
*Higher oil prices due to Iraq could even benefit Gulf. Markets' reaction to the insurgency in Iraq suggest they may finally have succeeded. At the very least, the turmoil in Iraq looks set to widen the Sunni-Shi'ite divide which has poisoned politics across the region.
Here's how ISIS, the militant group wreaking havoc in Iraq, is believed to have amassed $2 billion in assets. The Guardian reports.
Peter Sluglett, Visiting Research Professor, Middle East Institute at NUS, explains how the violence in Iraq was prompted by Syria's civil war.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has argued it is "bizarre" to blame the current crisis in Iraq on the war of 2003.
NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reports the ISIS, an off-shoot al Qaeda, is marching on Baghdad and the Iraqi government is powerless to stop them.
Here's what Obama's critics get wrong — and the risk they pose for the next president, says Harvard Professor Joseph Nye.
Jim Gelvin, Professor, History Department at UCLA, explains why the recent presidential election in Syria does not constitute a real election.
DAMASCUS, June 3- Syrians voted on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade in the midst of Syria's devastating civil war. Assad, looking relaxed and wearing a dark blue suit and light blue tie, voted at a central Damascus polling station with his wife Asma.
BEIRUT, June 1-- It was not so long ago that Bashar al-Assad's enemies thought he was finished.
*Turkey had initially banked on quick end to Assad rule. ANKARA, May 27- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's certain victory in an election next month, derided internationally as a charade, leaves Turkey facing a bitter truth- its assumption of his quick demise was a costly miscalculation.
BOSTON/ JAKARTA/ MELBOURNE, May 13- Billionaire Tom Steyer has rapidly become one of America's most visible environmental advocates, vowing to punish lawmakers who don't oppose climate change and pledging to spend up to $100 million to put the issue center stage in the Nov. 4 elections.
GENEVA, May 8- The Red Cross appealed on Thursday for greater access to civilians in rebel-held and besieged areas of Syria where the humanitarian situation is "catastrophic", particularly in the divided northern city of Aleppo and in suburbs of Damascus.
The U.S. for the first time slapped sanctions on a Russian bank for its dealings with the Syrian government, which has been engaged in a civil war.
LONDON, May 6- War-torn Syria is struggling to buy food commodities in the quantities it needs, despite repeatedly issuing tenders for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sugar, rice and wheat, trade sources say.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, discusses just how much worse the devastating consequences of inaction in Syria could become.
*Local wheat purchasing season set to begin in war-torn Syria. AMMAN/ ABU DHABI, April 28- War and drought have crippled Syria's wheat crop, with some experts now forecasting output of the staple food could fall to around a third of pre-war levels, and possibly even below 1 million tonnes for the first time in 40 years.