• Opinion: ISIS supporters watch from the shadows in Saudi

    Al Monitor | Jamal Khashoggi | 7.15.14

    Opinion: ISIS supporters watch from the shadows in Saudi It's a strange feeling to know that there is a young man who believes in the extremist, revolutionary and angry IS, one who defends and promotes such a state and sits a few meters away from you. He looks at you. You ... Continue Reading don’t know whether he was calling on us to follow the right track or saying, “We came to slaughter you.” The two options are possible for such members; they would grant you compassion and advocacy if you agree with them, but slaughter you if you don’t. hide

    Video: This is what an Israeli ‘roof knock’ looks like

    Washington Post | Adam Taylor | 7.14.14

    "Knocking the roof" is the Israeli military practice of warning the residents of a building they are targeting that they should get out. Warnings can come via a phone call or a warning missile: In this case, the occupant of the house, Samir ... Continue Reading Nofal, received both, Watania reports. The practice has become one of the most controversial aspects of the current conflict. hide

    Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

    Al-Monitor | Bruce Riedel | 7.15.14

    According to these accounts, Baghdadi spent several years in Afghanistan working with the Arab jihadist community and the Taliban. Baghdadi apparently went to Afghanistan in the late 1990s with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian who founded ... Continue Reading al-Qaeda in Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003. It was Zarqawi's group that would later evolve into the Islamic State. hide

    Why is Saudi Arabia Stable?

    International Policy Digest | Saeed Alwahabi | 7.15.14

    Stability is a prominent value in Saudi domestic politics. Officials usually tend to associate the notion of stability as a “blessing.” Every governor prince of the 13 provinces in Saudi Arabia regularly heads the council of the local ... Continue Reading government. One of the essential subjects reinforced in every meeting is the importance of security and stability. Moreover, all of those local governors are headed by the minster of interior, which explains governance priority. hide

    Afghans to Alter the Government

    New York Times | Matthew Rosenberg | 7.15.14

    Nearly a decade after American officials pushed a Constitution that enshrined near-dictatorial powers for the president, it is a tacit admission that changing to a more parliamentary system — a fraught undertaking at any time — is now seen as ... Continue Reading crucial to holding the country together after years of mounting political crises and ethnic and factional hostilities, officials said. hide