Compulsion in Religion

Saddam Hussein’s Islamization of Party and State A fascinating debate on state-Islam relations in Baath Iraq has raged between historians ever since two archives of internal Iraqi Baath records were made available to researchers in the United States.

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Cairo and Riyadh, Vying for Leadership

In his first official trip abroad in March 2018, Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman chose to visit Cairo, where he was greeted by President Abdel Fattah Sisi as “a dear guest in his second home, Egypt.”[1] The two agreed to enhance bi-lateral

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Mecca and Medina, Sacred Sites or Development Engines?

The ongoing transformation of Mecca and Medina is a deeply contested issue. As Islam’s holiest sites, their spiritual significance implies a certain propriety of urban form prescribed by their history. Yet the current drastic changes engineered by

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Hezbollah in the Homs Area: The Life of As’ad Muhammad Hussein

It is easy to be preoccupied with all the latest developments in the Syrian civil war while neglecting the more distant history of the conflict. In this particular case I want to illustrate the growth of Hezbollah’s influence in the Homs area through

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Who Is Sisi of Egypt? A Salafi.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in July 2013 through a military coup, supported by many sectors of Egyptian society that wanted to rid themselves of the religious rule imposed by Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government. Yet religion has loomed

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Who Is Sisi of Egypt? A Reformer.

In August 2012, Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian president and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, appointed general Abdel Fattah as-Sisi, then head of military intelligence, as minister of defense in place of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. Given his leadership

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Al-Qaeda Still Using CIA-Provided Missiles in Syria

Video posted online Monday shows the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), using U.S.-supplied TOW missiles in its ongoing campaign against Assad regime forces in the northern province of Idlib. The video was published by Ebaa News,

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If India and Pakistan Go to War, Israeli Weapons Could Be Decisive

As India and Pakistan contemplate their next moves amid rising tensions, airstrikes and the downing of an Indian warplane, Israeli weapons could play a decisive role in a future war. India has become a key defense partner for Israel in recent years with

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MEF Applauds Rep. Banks for Calling Out Islamist Groups

PHILADELPHIA � March 4, 2019 – The Middle East Forum strongly supports H.Res.160, Expressing concern about the threat posed to democracy and human rights by theocratic groups operating in South Asia. This resolution, introduced by Congressman Jim Banks,

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Venezuela in Crisis: Iran’s Poisonous Role

Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela is fortified by Russian mercenaries, Cuban paramilitary elements, Hezbollah, and Iranian Basij and Quds Force operatives. Even if the Venezuelan military defects to support interim President Juan Guaidó, they would

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Israeli Report Shows BDS-Terror Connections as Progressive Democratic Support for BDS Expands

Campus BDS results mixed as Amnesty International takes leading role against Israel.

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Iran Hosts Syria’s Assad in Tehran, Slams American “Plots”

Meeting comes as Syria seeks to cement and deepen alliance with Iran.

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What Became of the Obama-Era Program to Counter Terrorist Infiltration at the Southern Border?

Two senators take a cue from CIS reports to question the Trump administration.

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The Failures of the War on ISIS

In Baghuz, a small village on the banks of the Euphrates River, ISIS has been pushed into a small area consisting of tents and fields. It’s truffle season in the Syrian desert and in between the battles the locals are able to gather truffles. But beyond

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‘ISIS Bride’ Hoda Muthana Was an ISIS Propagandist, Not Some Brainwashed Child

Lawyers and supporters of the woman dubbed the American “ISIS bride” portray her as a misguided, “brainwashed” girl who simply made a mistake. In fact, she was an ISIS propagandist and strategist whose innovative ideas proved to be operationally

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Mystery Surrounds Mohammad Javad Zarif’s ‘Resignation’

According to a report, there are other diplomats who will resign if Zarif indeed leaves the foreign ministry.

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Understanding the U.S. Flip-Flop on Syria

Trump also reaffirmed in early February that the US would continue to use air power against ISIS and use Iraq as a base against ISIS and to watch Iran.

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Only the Full Defeat of Hamas Can Ensure Israel’s Security

Destroying Hamas is the only act that would return our deterrence and make our other enemies sit up and take notice.

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Iran Fights to Get Around US Sanctions in Iraq, Turkey, Russia and Syria

“Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that Moscow will continue all-out cooperation with Iran, including in the area of nuclear energy,” Iranian media reported.

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CAIR’s Radical-Speaking Circuit: Faith-Led, Seventh-Century Justice-Driven

In Senate testimony, CAIR has been called a “radical Islamic fundamentalist front group for [the Palestinian terrorist entity] Hamas.” Nevertheless, 101 congressional lawmakers sent letters glorifying the Islamist organization ahead of its 2018 national banquet.

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