On Saturday 3 Dec 11, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued the following warning: "Due to severe threats of kidnapping operations and terrorist attacks throughout Iraq, including the International Zone (IZ), the U.S. Embassy has greatly enhanced the security posture for U.S. Government employees. This enhanced security posture includes severely restricted movement within the IZ ..." This threat has not been echoed by the British Embassy, which means that...
The volatile relationship between Pakistan, the U.S. and NATO took another serious blow this weekend when a NATO air strike hit a Pakistani army checkpoint, killing at least 24 Pakistani military personnel including at least one officer. Unsurprisingly, there is considerable anger in Pakistan at this attack. Anti-U.S. feeling among the general public in Pakistan is normally high, and such incidents serve...
The Soufan Group has been watching the violence in Egypt with growing concern, as it threatens not only sub-regional security, but also regional security. The whole Fertile Crescent has been volatile for over ten months, and the descent of Egypt from a hope-filled Arab Spring into a bitter Arab Winter is a dangerous development. The growing death toll of the last five days of violence in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez (which led to the reinforcement of the headquarters of the Suez canal administration) and Aswan is now over 22 and in excess of 1,750 injured. Smaller-scale protests took place in Ismailiya and the Nile Delta cities of Mansura and Mahalla, and in the northern town of Qina, where there was an attempt to free prisoners from their cells.
While European economists and politicians have been concentrating on preventing financial meltdown across the Eurozone, military and political strategists in Tel Aviv and Washington have been calculating the impact of military action against Iran...
There is a new tension emerging from the Eastern Mediterranean that has the prospect of complicating international relations, and it appears at first glance to center on hydrocarbon reserves, in this case gas rather than oil...