Middle East

The Anti-Islam-Film Riots : Controversy
The "filmmakers" behind the Innocence of Muslims trailer "lied to get a bunch of struggling actors onscreen, made up a new script, then put some scenes on the internet," says Slate's Dave Weigel.

Does the movie that provoked the Libyan slayings even exist?

An offensive trailer for the film fueled deadly riots in Egypt and Libya. But according to enterprising reporters, the claim that an entire film exists may be a lie

The Anti-Islam-Film Riots : Instant Guide
The Innocence of Muslims, which portrays Muslims as immoral and violent, is characterized by shoddy production and terrible acting.

The obscure anti-Islam film that sparked Egyptian and Libyan riots: A guide

How did a low-budget, amateurish piece of agitprop set off deadly riots against American citizens in the Middle East?

Iran's Threat : Fact Sheet
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama on March 5: Netanyahu recently criticized Obama for refusing to set clear "red lines" on Iran's nuclear progress.

5 reasons Netanyahu is challenging Obama over Iran

The Israeli premier slams the White House for being weak on Iran, thrusting himself into one of the most controversial foreign policy debates of the 2012 race

The Anti-Islam-Film Riots : The List
Christopher Stevens in April 2011: The late U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed along with three other Americans when the American Consulate in Benghazi was attacked by Islamists on Sept. 11, 2012.

The slaying of the U.S. ambassador in Libya: 5 talking points

After attacks by mobs furious over an amateurish anti-Islam video, the Obama administration is shaken by the first killing of the head of a U.S. embassy in decades

Afghanistan War : Instant Guide
Prince Harry gives the thumbs up while at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on Sept. 7: The British royal's second tour has been met by death threats from the Taliban.

The Taliban's hunt for Prince Harry: A guide

The British royal embarks on a four-month tour as a helicopter gunner, and insurgents waste little time before vowing to capture or kill him

Iran's Threat : Opinion Brief
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is pictured in a bilateral meeting with China on June 8: International sanctions against Iran are starting to take a toll on its economy.

Are the Iran sanctions actually working?

Tehran says pressure from the international community is starting to hurt — raising fragile hopes that Iran will finally curb its nuclear program

Syria's Uprising : Fact Sheet
Two Syrian children lay on a handmade swing in front of their tent at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan on Sept. 2: The camp was originally built to hold 500 people. Now it has 26,000.

Syria's ballooning refugee crisis: How bad will it get?

Record numbers of Syrian civilians, many of them children, are racing for the war-torn country's borders

Afghanistan War : Analysis
U.S. soldiers watch Afghan police recruits during a 2010 training session in Kabul: Some Afghan recruits will now need a village elder to vouch for them as part of tougher background checks.

Afghan police killing U.S. soldiers: What it means for the war effort

In the wake of several shootings, the U.S. suspends a key program meant to prepare Afghans to take over security duties, creating a new obstacle for America's withdrawal

Iraq War : Burning Question
I "could only be impressed by the resilience" of Colin Powell, writes Kofi Annan, "who had endured so much to argue for a war he clearly did not believe in."

Kofi Annan's memoir: Did Colin Powell doubt his own WMD claims?

The former U.N. secretary-general says the former secretary of State was always skeptical of the evidence he used to justify the war in Iraq

Syria's Uprising : Instant Guide
A Syrian refugee and her children at the entrance to their tent in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan: Jordan is host to the largest number of Syrian refugees at 142,000, including hundreds of army and police defectors and leaders in the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Why giving Syrian refugees safe zones is easier said than done

Turkey, afraid of being overwhelmed by the exodus from Syria, wants help setting up havens within the war-ravaged country... but it doesn't have many takers

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Controversy
A Palestinian ambassador lays a wreath before a portrait of the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat during a 2010 ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of his death.

Was Yasser Arafat murdered?

After the late Palestinian leader's widow suggests that Arafat might have been poisoned eight years ago, France opens an investigation to suss out the truth

Syria's Uprising : Forecast
Civilians flee from Aleppo's Bab al-Nayrab district on Aug. 27: If the Syrian rebels can unite, France will recognize them as a provisional government.

Is it time to recognize a provisional government in Syria?

France's president, Francois Hollande, wants Syrian rebels to merge under one banner to present a united front against President Bashar al-Assad's regime

Afghanistan War : The List
Afghan policemen inspect a vehicle hit by a bomb blast in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 13, a day when 46 people, mostly civilians, were killed by suicide bombers.

3 reasons Obama and Romney aren't talking about Afghanistan

As insurgents step up attacks against Afghan civilians, why isn't anybody mentioning the war on the U.S. presidential campaign trail?

The New Egypt : Instant Guide
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi swears in newly appointed Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Aug. 12.

Morsi's power play in Egypt: Will the military fight back?

Egypt's Islamist civilian president forces out the armed forces' top brass. Has he won the power struggle that followed the fall of Hosni Mubarak?

Syria's Uprising : Opinion Brief
Syrian army forces are seen in the Aleppo city center: After a two-day offensive, key parts of the city are again under the control of President Bashar al-Assad's troops.

The battle for Aleppo: Will it decide Syria's war?

Shelling by government forces has forced Syrian rebels to pull back. Is this a turning point in the country's civil war?

Syria's Uprising : Opinion Brief
Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, pictured Feb. 15, 2011: With the prime minister's defection, President Bashar al-Assad may find it harder to fill key positions in his dwindling regime.

Syria's prime minister defects: Is Assad's regime crumbling?

Assad's newly appointed premier has reportedly joined the opposition, the latest blow to the strongman's beleaguered government

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