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By Tom Ridge and Patrick Kennedy- July 23, 2014

Roll Call: Recent reports about Saudi troops amassing to secure that country’s border with Iraq underscores the multinational dimensions of the conflicts raging inside both Iraq and Syria. Civil wars that might have initially only threatened the two dictators are now endangering the entire region and global security. 

By WalidPhares- July 21, 2014

THE HILL: The Obama administration’s narrative on Iraq this week produced—intentionally or not—two strategic mistakes regarding the U.S. posture on Iran and the current ongoing conflict in Iraq.

 BY GERALD F. SEIB- 15,07,2014

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: For the last several years, the tendency in analyzing the Middle East from Washington has been to conclude that trends are moving in Iran’s direction, strengthening Tehran’s hand as a regional power and undermining the positions of the U.S. and its allies among the Persian Gulf monarchies.

It may be time to rethink that bottom line.

By Iran News Update Staff 

The Brookings Institution on Wednesday published the text of one of its fellows, Natan Sachs’ testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the topic of the role and attitudes of about Israel and Iran in his lengthy prepared statement.

By Iran News Update Staff 

On Wednesday, Iran dispatched a delegation led by National Security Council Deputy Secretary Riza Emiri Mukaddem to Erbil, in the Kurdish territory of Iraq. The Iranian intervention is aimed at convincing Kurdish leaders to side with the Shiite leadership in Baghdad in combating rebels in the west of the country.

By Iran News Update Staff 

Among the current Middle Eastern conflicts with regard to which the United States and Iran are at odds, Israel has kept the Gaza Strip under siege in response to Hamas rocket attacks. A number of reports have linked those rockets to Iran, which has delivered weapons shipments to Hamas, as well as helping it to develop its own manufacturing capability. Iran’s history of arms shipments may raise questions about the legitimacy of its plan, reported upon by Tasnim News Agency, to send an aid convoy directly to Gaza.


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