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End of Counterinsurgency and Scalable Force

End of Counterinsurgency and Scalable Force 

The U.S. military for years has debated the utility of counterinsurgency operations. Drawing from a sentiment that harkens back to the Vietnam War, many within the military have long opposed counterinsurgency operations. Others see counterinsurgency as the unavoidable future of U.S. warfare. ...

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Iran Gives $25 Million To Afghan MPs To Vote Against Afghan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Pact

Iran Gives $25 Million To Afghan MPs To Vote Against Afghan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Pact

An Afghan website reports that Iran has earmarked $25 million to be given to Afghan lawmakers in exchange for their vote against the Afghan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Agreement, which was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai recently.

The bilateral agreement ...

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Spotlight on Iran (Week of May 23-30, 2012)

Spotlight on Iran (Week of May 23-30, 2012)

News Highlights of the Week on Iran
♦ Iran accuses West of responsibility for failure of nuclear talks in Baghdad
♦ Ali Larijani re-elected for Majles speaker
♦ Surprise and criticism in Iran over Ahmed Shafik's qualification for the second round of the Egyptian presidential ...

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Syria's Role In Lebanon's Conflagration

Syria's Role In Lebanon's Conflagration

Introduction: The violence raging in Syria has begun to spill over into several areas in Lebanon, where riots have recently caused over ten civilian deaths. May 12, 2012 saw the outbreak of violence in Tripoli, near the Lebanon-Syrian border, as intense clashes occurred between Sunni Islamists and ...

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The Egyptian Election and the Arab Spring

The Egyptian Election and the Arab Spring

The Egyptian presidential election was held last week. No candidate received 50 percent of the vote, so a runoff will be held between the two leading candidates, Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi represented the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and received 25.3 percent of the ...

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Islamists Face Setback in Egyptian Presidential Election

Islamists Face Setback in Egyptian Presidential Election

Muhammad Mursi (Muslim Brotherhood, 25.3 percent
Ahmad Shafiq (ex-general, ex-prime minister), 24.9 percent
Hamdin Sabbahi (radical left), 21.5 percent
Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh (“moderate Islamist) 19 percent
Amr Moussa (radical nationalist) less than 10 percent

While the Brotherhood claims ...

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Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory in Egypt Presidential Election

Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory in Egypt Presidential Election

According to the Brotherhood, the almost complete vote counting for president looks like this:

Mohamed Mursi (Brotherhood) 28.4% 
Ahmed Shafiq (Mubarak era general) 24.6% 
Abdul Moeim Abul Fotouh (so-called “moderate Islamist” but supported by radical Islamist Salafists) ·18.1% 
Hamdeen ...

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Australia's Strategy

Australia's Strategy

Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, ranked in the top 10 in gross domestic product per capita. It is one of the most isolated major countries in the world; it occupies an entire united continent, is difficult to invade and rarely is threatened. Normally, we would not ...

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Khamenei's Aim at the Nuclear Talks – Securing the Survival of His Regime

Khamenei's Aim at the Nuclear Talks – Securing the Survival of His Regime

Although the fatwa of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on nuclear weapons does not exist (see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 825, "Renewed Iran-West Nuclear Talks – Part II: Tehran Attempts to Deceive U.S. President Obama, Sec'y of State Clinton With Nonexistent Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa ...

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