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Jihadists Advocate Establishment of Islamic Caliphate in Pakistan

Jihadists Advocate Establishment of Islamic Caliphate in Pakistan

On Twitter, Jihadist Groups Advocate Establishment of Islamic Caliphate in Pakistan  

The micro-blogging website Twitter, like other social networking sites such as Facebook and the video-sharing website YouTube, has emerged as a major publisher for jihadist and militant organizations ...

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Considering a U.S.- Iranian Deal

Considering a U.S.- Iranian Deal

Last week, I wrote on the strategic challenge Iran faces in its bid to shape a sphere of influence stretching from western Afghanistan to Beirut on the eastern Mediterranean coast. I also pointed out the limited options available to the United States and other Western powers to counter Iran. 

One ...

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’Unprecedented’ EU Sanctions on Iran a Farce

’Unprecedented’ EU Sanctions on Iran a Farce

The European Union has agreed to an “unprecedented”set of sanctions against Iran, banning the importation of Iranian oil to its member states while also imposing currency and commodity sanctions on Iran’s central bank. But far from forcing Iran into a corner, the latest sanctions leave a ...

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Army Colonel Warns: Chinese Preparing Attack on India

Army Colonel Warns: Chinese Preparing Attack on India

Former Indian Army Officer Col. Dr. Anil Athale Warns: Expect a Chinese Attack Against India by 'June/July 2012'  

In a recent article, former Indian Army officer Dr. Anil Athale warned that China is carefully orchestrating security-related incidents against India. Such incidents include ...

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Only the U.S. Can Keep the Strait of Hormuz Open

Only the U.S. Can Keep the Strait of Hormuz Open

Just recently President Obama crossed the Potomac River and stopped at the Pentagon to roll America's newest national security strategy - Sustaining Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. The key thesis of the strategy is that after ten years of war in the Middle East and with ...

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Iran, the U.S. and the Strait of Hormuz Crisis

Iran, the U.S. and the Strait of Hormuz Crisis

The United States reportedly sent a letter to Iran via multiple intermediaries last week warning Tehran that any attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz constituted a red line for Washington. The same week, a chemist associated with Iran's nuclear program was killed in Tehran. In Ankara, Iranian ...

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Iran-West Threat Exchange Over Persian Gulf Escalates

Iran-West Threat Exchange Over Persian Gulf Escalates

This week top officials in Iran once again threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in response to the sanctions on importing oil from Iran. Ali Fadavi, commander of the Revolutionary Guards navy, stated last weekend that Iran has previous experience closing the strait. He warned the United States ...

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The Hack on Stratfor

The Hack on Stratfor

In early December I received a call from Fred Burton, Stratfor's vice president of intelligence. He told me he had received information indicating our website had been hacked and our customer credit card and other information had been stolen. The following morning I met with an FBI special agent, ...

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Iran News Round Up January 3, 2012

Iran News Round Up January 3, 2012

Understanding the Islamic Republic of Iran presents complex challenges. It requires knowledge of Islam, Shi'ism, and the peculiar interpretation of Shi'ism that Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini developed to legitimize the formation of an Islamic state. It also requires an exploration of the ...

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