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Endless Regional Chaos: American Presence In Afghanistan Explained

"The geographic location of Afghanistan has always occupied a central role in many geopolitical studies. Donald Trump’s reasons for reinforcing US troops in the region are driven by the continuing US need to prevent a complete Eurasian integration among regional powers..."

Europe: Jihadists Posing As Migrants

"Three years ago, it was easy to identify someone who has become radicalized. Now, most fanatics disguise their convictions... it is not a secret, it has been published... I would not venture to a specific figure, but tens of thousands, more than 50,000." - Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counterterrorism Coordinator.

New NGO Racket: Smuggling, Inc.

"...it has become plain that some of the NGOs working in the Mediterranean are acting as something more than intermediaries. Many have in fact been acting as facilitators. This makes the NGOs effectively no more than the benign face of the smuggling networks. Undercover workers have also discovered NGOs handing vessels back to the smugglers' networks, effectively helping them to continue their criminal enterprise indefinitely."

Pat Buchanan Exposes What Harvey Really Wrought

On display this week was America at her best. Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together. Though the country has appeared united since the storm hit, it is not likely to remain so. Indeed, the sneering and sniping has already begun...

US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb

The US National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S Air Force announced the second successful field test of the modernized B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, which was completed on August 8.

Gas Games In The Eastern Mediterranean Are Threatening Europe

The European Commission is offering European consumers the so-called Southern Gas Corridor, which provides for the supply, in particular, of Azerbaijani and Central Asian gas along the Turkey–Greece–Italy route. The project’s potential participants have their own interests, however, and are divided by long-standing antagonisms that are turning the corridor into a military and political delayed-action mine.

"It Is Our Very Existence That Is Unbearable To Jihadists"

"The sad conclusion seems to be that that jihadists do not need a "reason" to kill Westerners. They attack equally France, which conducts military operations in the Middle East and North Africa, and countries such as Spain and Germany, which are neutral."

In Historic Move, Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Will we all look back on this moment when future historians trace the end of the GCC? Did the Saudis finally overreach in their anti-Iran fanaticism to become the authors of their own demise? The surprising emergent Iran-Qatar alliance is sure to at least be the start of a new regional order where the Saudis can no longer dictate terms no matter how many Western powers stand at their side.

Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Must Leave Syria Or "We Will Act"

Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This week Netanyahu declared, "we will act when necessary according to our red lines" while hinting he prefers ISIS presence in Syria as opposed to Iran aligned fighters at his border.

Russian Ambassador To Sudan Found Dead, Drowned In Own Pool

The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Sudan, Mirgayas M. Shirinskiy, was found dead in his home in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Wednesday. Al Arabia adds that the ambassador was found drowned in the swimming pool at his home.