Regions / Middle East & North Africa
The mostly hidden story of escalated aerial bombardments in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.
The last few days have brought a flurry of tense words between the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. Make no mistake: these words are dangerous.
Read the back story on why the administration thinks this deal makes sense.
This turkey may not fly.
Like a gambling addict who has to keep betting more to cover his previous losses, the Bush administration's recently announced plan to provide some $65 billion worth of advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel over the next 10 years represents a reckless, poorly considered attempt to mitigate the consequences of its ill considered invasion of Iraq.
Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers are deeply embedded in the political structures of the new Iraqi state, regardless of how Muqtada might currently challenge the legitimacy of that state because of its dependence on U.S. support.
The Bush administration is looking for signs of hope in Iraq. But it's coming up against the reality of resistance.
Moroccos plan for autonomy falls well short of what is necessary to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Western Sahara.
Congress is finally talking withdrawal but no one is talking about how many U.S. troops will remain in Iraq.
Turkey is massing troops on its border with Iraq. Can it be dissuaded from invading?