While it’s expected that it will be the Kurds who separate from Iraq, the real beneficiaries from a break-up of the country would be the Shia. They’re the ones who control 80 percent of the country’s oil wealth, and they would prefer not to share it with hostile neighbors.
Threat Assessment: The Khorasan Terror Cell More Dangerous Than Islamic State? Benjamin Syme Van Ameringen
Unlike Islamic State, this new terror cell - known as ‘Khorasan’ - is far more interested in attacking targets in Europe and North America than they are in creating an Islamic Caliphate or toppling the Assad Regime.
Russia is facing the unsettling prospect of a wave of well-trained and battle-hardened foreign fighters returning to resume the insurgency in the North Caucuses.
Much has been made of the potentially destabilizing effects of foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria to their home countries in Central Asia. But how real is the actual threat?
The latest meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization wrapped up in Tajikistan with pledges of deeper economic cooperation and new member-states in the years to come.
President Obama’s strategy for defeating Islamic State is weak, overly ideological, and it just isn’t going to work.