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Why Is The U.S. Embracing Iran - Again!?

America is apparently bent on repeating -- yet again -- the historic wrong turn it took in 1979 by once again embracing the radical Islamic regime in Iran. Why would the U.S. administration think doing the same thing again will have a different outcome?

Orlando Shooting Suspect Identified As Omar Mateen, Registered Democrat Of Afghan Descent; Pledged Allegiance To ISIS

The suspected gunman in today's historic Orlando nightclub shooting, has been identified by relatives and law enforcement officials as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida. According to social media, he is a US citizen, born in 1986, from Port Saint Lucie; whose parents are from Afghanistan. He was a registered democrat with a security officer and firearms license.  According to California Rep. Adam Schiff, Mateen "made a pledge of allegiance to ISIS."

Saudis Threaten To Leave U.N. Over Human Rights Criticism In Yemen

Saudi Arabia warned The U.N. this week that it would pull hundreds of millions of dollars from programs if it was singled out for killing and maiming children in Yemen. Shockingly, as ForeignPolicy reports, the threat - which has not been previously reported - worked, and the U.N. subsequently dropped the Saudis from a rogues’ gallery of the world’s worst violators of children’s rights in conflict zones.

How Americans Came To Die In The Middle East

The writing of this historical synopsis is an attempt by this former artillery officer with a father buried in a veteran’s cemetery to understand why brave Americans were sent to their death in the Middle East and are still dying there. The hope is that we finally can learn from history and not keep repeating the same mistakes.

Do "Targeted" US Killings Of Militant Leaders Work? Not So Much

The key question around the US killings of militant leaders is do they even work? This is something the Wall Street Journal also pondered in a recent piece on just how effective US strikes on leaders of militant groups are in the long run. On one hand, it does appear as though the killing of Osama bin Laden has hurt Al Qaeda; on the other, the killing of Mansour may not have much of an impact at all on the Taliban.

Taliban Leader Mansour Killed In US Drone Strike Inside Pakistan

The United States conducted a drone strike on Saturday against the leader of Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, likely killing him on the Pakistan side of the remote border region with Afghanistan in a mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama. The assassination could further fracture the Taliban - an outcome that experts cautioned might make the insurgents even less likely to participate in long-stalled peace efforts. Alternatively, it could lead to far more violent and deadly retaliation against the US both in Afghanistan and around the world.

80 Countries Just Slammed The US Over Habit Of Bombing Hospitals

Saudi Arabia, the United States, and their allies have developed a nasty habit of “epidemic” proportions in various military theaters, particularly around the Middle East — bombing hospitals, healthcare facilities, and, in at least one instance, an ambulance. But despite countless pleas from humanitarian organization Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders), that bombing continues, so the United Nations was finally forced to issue its own resolution on the matter.

Iran's Supreme Leader Accuses Obama Of Lifting Sanctions Only "On Paper"

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which supposed had thawed as part of Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear deal which also allowed Iran to resume exporting its oil, are once again on the fence following a statement by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which accused the United States of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. 

Al-Qaeda Robs US-Armed Syrian Rebels (Again), Takes TOWs, Ammo, Tank

In the latest embarrassment for US-armed and trained Syrian rebels, Division 13 was overrun in Maarat Numan on Sunday when al-Nusra (who has a history of making a mockery of the US effort in the country) seized TOWs, ammo, and armored vehicles. 40 FSA fighters were kidnapped. Meanwhile, The Pentagon wants to restart the ill-fated trained and quip program. 

Revolutionary Guards: The Way Of The Iranian Future

Iranian elections have supposedly put a very nice ‘moderate’ spin on Iranian politics in parliamentary ranks, and more importantly, Assembly of Experts composition. While it would be churlish to deny, it represents a significant step forward for President Rouhani’s agenda to 2017, albeit a number of vital caveats remain for how real any political shift actually is. Moderate smoke, Conservative mirrors. It’s the way of Iran’s political future.