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Nusra's Julani: "I get so scared in case I fall off my chair"

Jabhat al-Nusra’s emir, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, gave an interview to Al Jazeera yesterday that seems to have been intended to put the best possible face on his Al-Qaeda franchise for a secular/Western audience. 1,088 more words


A good point badly stated

Defense Secretary Ash Carter isn’t making many friends in Baghdad this week, not after going on CNN’s “State of the Union” this week and saying… 944 more words


Would Israel start a war to try to scuttle an Iran deal?

Trita Parsi and Paul Pillar (who is not inclined toward conspiracy theorizing, to say the least) suggest the possibility that Israel might start a war with Iranian proxy Hezbollah in order to move Congressional opinion toward rejecting a nuclear deal: 828 more words


A couple of reasons why Camp David didn't end with any major agreements

Last week’s US/GCC “summit” (I’m not sure it counts as a real summit when 4 of the 6 GCC leaders didn’t bother showing up) ended so expectedly that, well, I just plain forgot to blog about it. 1,157 more words


In one sense, maybe Bashar al-Assad has already lost

Lots of words have been written lately about whether or not Bashar al-Assad is finally losing the war in Syria, including by some incredibly sketchy characters… 539 more words


SATSQ: Jeb Bush and Iraq edition

At the Rachel Maddow blog, Steve Benen asks:

Is Jeb Bush’s position on Iraq a disqualifier?

The answer is yes, it is.

JEB was asked by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly whether, “knowing what we know now,” he would have invaded Iraq back in 2003 like his brother.

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Maybe this ceasefire will actually be a ceasefire

After floating the possibility of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen yesterday, today Saudi Arabia gave that ceasefire a firm start time: 11 PM local time next Tuesday, May 12. 368 more words