Middle East

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
Protesters in Islamabad condemn the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban earlier this month.

Malala Yousafzai: Will her shooting end Islamic extremism in Pakistan?

Pakistanis are united in condemning a brazen attack on a 14-year-old girl, but it's an open question whether this anger will translate into real change

Syria's Uprising : Opinion Brief
Members of the Free Syrian Army use a catapult to a launch a homemade bomb in Aleppo: Western-supplied weaponry meant for the rebels is reportedly being funneled to extremist groups instead.

Is U.S. policy helping jihadists in Syria?

Most of the arms meant for pro-democracy rebels are ending up in the hands of Islamists, reports The New York Times

War in Libya : The List
State Department officials are sworn in at a congressional hearing on Oct. 10, before testifying on the security situation leading up to the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Congress' hyper-partisan Benghazi hearings: The fallout

A GOP-led committee aggressively questions State Department officials about the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. What happens next?

The Anti-Islam-Film Riots : First Reactions
A burnt car at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi after an attack on Sept. 11: The State Department has revealed that the violence wasn't sparked by protests against an anti-Islam film after all.

Revealed: The Benghazi attack wasn't preceded by protests

Ahead of a House hearing on the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador, the State Department contradicts accounts given by others in the Obama administration

Afghanistan War : Timeline
Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani activist, is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment, after being shot and wounded by a member of the Taliban on Oct. 9.

A 14-year-old Pakistani girl's brave fight against the Taliban: A timeline

Young Malala Yousafzai began to rail against the Taliban's ban on girls' education when she was just 11. Just this week, she survived an assassination attempt

Syria's Uprising : Burning Question
Turkey's Chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel arrives at Oncupinar border outpost on the Turkish-Syrian border on Oct. 9 as tensions with Syria begin to boil over.

Is Turkey trying to start a war with Syria?

Syria and Turkey have been exchanging mortar blasts across their shared border for six days, but it's not quite clear who's the aggressor

Syria's Uprising : Opinion Brief
Turkish soldiers patrol the Turkey-Syrian border on Oct. 4: Turkey has gone on the defensive after a Syrian mortar attack killed five Turkish civilians.

Is Syria's war spreading to Turkey?

Turkey lobs artillery shells into Syria for two days straight, raising fears that the Syrian conflict could engulf the region

Iran's Threat : Analysis
Iranians look on as a garbage can is set on fire in central Tehran on Wednesday, after the regime cracks down on black market currency trading.

Iran's currency meltdown: How badly will it weaken the regime?

Clashes break out on the streets of Tehran over the country's economic tailspin, and some wonder whether Iran's leaders can maintain control

War in Libya : Timeline
President Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaks during the Transfer of Remains Ceremony on Sept. 14 for the return of the Americans killed during the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack.

The White House's evolving story on the Benghazi attack: A timeline

Republicans accuse the Obama administration of trying to cover up evidence that the Sept. 11 Libya siege that killed four Americans was the work of terrorists

Afghanistan War : Best Video
U.S. soldier and YouTube user Funker530 gives viewers a first-hand perspective of a shootout in the hills of Afghanistan.

The harrowing first-person video of a U.S. soldier under fire in Afghanistan

A helmet camera captures an American squad's assault on Taliban insurgents

Iran's Threat : Forecast
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left) speaks to his advisors after a media conference at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 26: In a speech at the U.N., he claimed that Iran was under threat from "hegemonic powers" seeking to undermine him.

3 reasons Tehran's mullahs may want Iran to get attacked

Iranian leaders are refusing to curb their nuclear program despite punishing sanctions and the threat of war. Do they want a fight?

War in Libya : Opinion Brief
Mitt Romney says the Obama administration is doing its "very best" to keep Americans in the dark about what happened in Benghazi.

Who's politicizing the Libya attack: The White House or the GOP?

Mitt Romney and other Republicans are attacking President Obama for stonewalling on what really happened in Benghazi

Iran's Threat : Opinion Brief
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 24: On the eve of his speech, the Iranian leader said Israel's threats were just noise.

Attacking Iran: Is Israel bluffing?

Iran's president claims that Israel wouldn't dare launch air strikes to halt Tehran's nuclear program. Plenty of foreign policy analysts beg to differ

The Anti-Islam-Film Riots : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: In defense of CNN

The most trusted name in news is getting pilloried for publishing details from the late Ambassador Stevens' journal. Critics ought to leave CNN alone

The Anti-Islam-Film Riots : Instant Guide
Christopher Stevens in Tripoli on Sept. 12: The late ambassador's personal journal was left on the floor of the consulate compound in Benghazi where he was fatally wounded.

Was CNN wrong to mine the late Chris Stevens' journal?

The news channel returns the late Libya ambassador's personal writing to his relatives, but not before it checks out some newsworthy details — and reports them

The Anti-Islam-Film Riots : Opinion Brief
The president should simply ignore the "awful YouTube film," says Marc Lynch at Foreign Policy.

Should Obama trash-talk Innocence of Muslims at the U.N.?

The White House says Obama will "reject the views in this video" when he speaks to world leaders this week, instead of just outright ignoring the YouTube film

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