Category: Middle East

Can the Islamic State Establish a Foothold in Mainland Egypt?

Executive Summary The Islamic State, via its Sinai-based branch, Wilayat Sinai, continues to attack the Egyptian military and security services despite a surge in the number of army and security personnel. Northern Sinai is an ideal operational environment for an…

Kuwait fears increased violence

Kuwaiti authorities announced on 13 August that they had discovered a large arms cache in the al-Abdali area in northern Kuwait, close to the Iraqi border.

Iran reaches nuclear agreement with world powers

The comprehensive agreement between Iran and six world powers over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme—after protracted, intense and complicated negotiations—represents not just a new departure in non-proliferation but a cooling of the enmity between Iran and the US going back…

Moscow Appears to Be Playing a Most Dangerous Game With the Islamic State

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 122 By: Paul Goble In the wake of terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) across the Middle East and Europe, Russian diplomats and the Kremlin-controlled media have been working overtime to suggest that…

Iran’s supreme leader says sanctions must lift when nuclear deal is signed

TEHRAN, Iran (NYT)- Iran’s supreme leader challenged on Thursday two of the United States’ bedrock principles in the nuclear negotiations, declaring that all economic sanctions would have to be lifted on the day any agreement is signed and that military…

Report: Israel spied on nuclear talks with Iran

Israel spied on nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, as well as on the U.S., in order to learn details that could help undermine the emerging deal in the eyes of Congress, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Israelis…

Syria urges intelligence sharing to fight terrorism: state media

(Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urged states fighting terrorism to share intelligence, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday, saying European policies were responsible for attacks by Islamist gunmen in France last week. 

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince likely to take over on king’s death, posing risk of disagreement over his successor

IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is primed to succeed the ailing King Abdullah. Source: PA Key Points With King Abdullah and his successor, Crown Prince Salman, suffering ill health, Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin (69 years…

ISIS using Chinese MANPADS supplied with Qatari assistance

A sequence of images released by Islamic State appears to confirm that the group has Chinese FN-6 and that a MANPADS was used to shoot down an Iraqi Mi-35M near Bayji on 3 October. Source: Islamic State The Islamic State…