Middle East


Regional Discontent Surrounds Independent Kurdistan Referendum

As ISIS is hammered on all fronts in Iraq and Syria and ceases to exist as a viable territorial and economic entity, joint counterterrorism operations could potentially be undermined and affect regional security with the reopening of the Iraqi Kurdistan question through an independence referendum to be held on September […]


Tunisia Overturns Law Banning Women From Marrying Non-Muslims

Women’s rights achieved a victory this week when the Tunisian government overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims.  A spokeswoman for Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi announced the decision on Thursday and wrote, “Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the right to the freedom […]


Israel Wades Into Contentious Kurdish Independence Question

In a speech during a ceremony at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear his support for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. As Reuters reported, the September 12 speech saw Netanyahu expressed his approval of Kurdish independence stating that […]


The Islamic State Kill 18, As Al-Sisi’s Methods Of Torture Come To Light

On Monday, the Islamic State (IS) claimed yet another deadly attack, killing at least 18 Egyptian police officers through using a roadside IED and an ensuing gun battle. The horrific attack occurred on the Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border, a region, which is plagued by conflict since the Egyptian […]


Military Exercises Along The Lebanese Border: Is This The Prelude To A New Conflict In The Middle East?

Several branches of the Israeli military have gathered along the Lebanese border to participate in the largest military exercises in decades, leading to fears of renewed conflict with the Lebanese-based militant group, Hezbollah. These actions represent only one aspect of the wider Israeli-Iranian proxy war, with both nations vying for […]


As The Three Year Siege Of Deir Ezzor Ends, Aid Convoys Reach The City

This week, Syrian Army forces, supported by Russian airstrikes and long range artillery, have disrupted the Islamic State (ISIL) siege of Deir Ezzor, the capital of Syria’s eastern province of the same name. After over a month of preparation and confrontation around the outskirts, troops closed in on the city […]