A still image taken from footage shot on June 18, 2017 and broadcast on Iranian television, purports to show missiles being fired from Iran into eastern Syria. Photo: IRINN via Reuters

Five Takeaways from Iran’s Missile Strike in Syria

At its most obvious level, Iran’s missile attack on the Islamic State command centre in the Syrian city of Dier Ezzor on Sunday may be regarded as the demonstration of an extraordinarily innovative military capability. Iran says it fired six ground-to-ground missiles from Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) bases in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces, both in …

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World on the Precipice as Russia Threatens to Shoot Down U.S. Jets, U.S. Refuses to Back Down

The world is now perhaps closer to World War Three than it has been in five decades as the situation in Syria is heating up yet again. In less than 24 hours, the United States has attacked the Syrian military, Iran has launched missiles into Syria, Russia is threatening to shoot down American planes, and …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov in 2015

Russia and Islam, Connecting the Dots and Discerning the Future

Russia has often been in the news over the past years, mostly as the demonized “Empire of Mordor” responsible for all the bad things on the planet, especially Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, the Russian intervention in Syria and, of course, the “imminent” Russian invasion of the Baltics, Poland or even all of Western Europe. …

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Qatar Crisis to Ease: Takeaways and Future Prospects

Donald Trump has accused Qatar of sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels. During an appearance alongside the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, at the White House on June 9, the president said he had decided that «the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding … and its extremist ideology». His comments marked the …

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Israel’s Quiet Campaign to Gain a Foothold in Southern Syria

Despite its official policy of non-intervention, Israel has taken on a very proactive role in Syria, working to establish an Israel-friendly zone in Quneitra, akin to its strategy in southern Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war. Over the past five years, Israel has been quietly working to establish a foothold in southern Syria to prevent …

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud waits to greet US President Donald Trump as he arrives to attend a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Influence-Rich Saudis Blow Through Sunni Unity

Less than a month after hosting US President Donald Trump and 50 Muslim leaders, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's alliance of Sunni states is in tatters, squandered on a vendetta. The Saudis' self-inflicted damage comes as tensions with its arch nemesis Iran are becoming more dangerous than ever. Support in the United States for the kingdom …

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