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The ‘Sex Jihad’

Muslim women offer sexual services to jihadi fighters… Continue reading

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Algerian Hostage Crisis Ends with Military Assault: So How is Al-Qaida Dead?

An organization that can seize about 1,000 hostages in the middle of Algeria, a country whose regime has been so tough on radical Islamists, is not dead… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Malian President Addresses Diplomatic Corps on Northern Mali

Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure followed his annual formal New Year,s greeting to the diplomatic corps with a lengthy private discourse on the problems he is facing in the north of Mali… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Mali Government Released “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” Detainees

Malian newspaper l’Independant carried a front page news story stating that Mali’s Government released four AQIM detainees… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Malian Security Service Arrests Cheibani Ould Hama

Cheibani has been accused of various kidnappings and terrorist killings… Continue reading

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Libya: Assessing Berber Prospects

One reason the term “Arab Spring” is a misnomer is because of the participation of non-Arabs, including Kurds in Iraq and Syria as well as Berbers in Morocco and Libya… Continue reading

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After the Arab Spring, Salafists are Moving Closer to Changing the Face of the Maghreb

Now the initial euphoria about the Arab revolts has subsided, it’s clear the ‘Arab Spring’ will not bring a liberal, secular, Western (or Islamic) model of democracy to the Arab world… Continue reading

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How the U.S. Army Sees The Arabs, Islam, and Middle Eastern Societies

What do you tell soldiers who are risking their lives on Middle East battlefields about the people they are fighting for and against simultaneously?… Continue reading

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UN Report: Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi Wanted to Stage Last Stand

The UN’s Human Rights Council released an unedited version of a 220-page report on Friday detailing Muammar Gaddafi’s last hours when rebel fighters moved into Sirte… Continue reading

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From Magharebia: Mauritanian President Rates Sahel Security

The security vacuum in northern Mali endangers the entire Sahel region, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz warns… Continue reading

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Iranian speculations on Egypt’s Islamists: Shi’ite-style revolutionaries or Turkish-style democrats?

There have been various speculations in Iranian press on the significance of the Islamists’ victory and the nature of the Islamist faction in Egypt… Continue reading

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Morocco’s Berbers and Israel

In recent years, small groups of Moroccan Berber activists, particularly younger people, have challenged… Continue reading

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President Obama’s Middle East and North Africa Speech, May 19, 2011

Official release of President Obama’s Middle East and North Africa speech… Continue reading

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UNSC Authorizes Strikes on Libya, Five Air Forces set to Attack Libya, Gaddafi Threatens Reprisals

The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to authorize military force against Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadhafi’s forces… Continue reading

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Crisis and Civil War in Libya

Here’s an (self)interview by Barry Rubin with Barry Rubin about what’s happening in Libya and U.S. foreign policy… Continue reading