Meanwhile, we had cross-border acts of war administered yesterday between a NATO ally and their neighbor. Turkey struck with artillery strikes on Syria yesterday, after one of their border towns was hit with a mortar, killing 5 Turks. This has the potential to escalate very quickly.
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 15, 2012 1:00 pm|
As we learn more about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, it becomes harder and harder to ignore the probability that the militants involved were retaliating for a drone strike that took out a top al-Qaeda leader who happened to be Libyan.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 14, 2012 8:15 am|
Protests and attacks continued at Western embassies across the Middle East and North Africa today, and at this point they have little relationship to the anti-Muslim film “The Innocence of Muslims.” A reporter for the Times of London asked protesters outside the US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday if they watched the clip of the film online, and to a man all of them said they hadn’t. The film is a pretext to stir up sentiments among a small but determined band of agitators. I’m not sure we can say too much about the sentiments of the populations of these Arab countries as a whole, but we can say that they contain at least an element of anti-Westernism.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 13, 2012 7:30 am|
Given the mysteries of the Benghazi attacks on the US consulate (not an embassy, and not an entity that was guarded by Marines, apparently), I’m going to step lively before attributing any Middle East incident to anything else in a direct through-line. But we do now that riots/protests/attacks are proliferating. Today they have spread to the US Embassy in Yemen and possibly Iran.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 12, 2012 4:15 pm|
To pull back from focusing on the Romney campaign, relative to the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, we’re starting to learn more about the attacks themselves, and their significance inside Libya. More evidence has arisen suggesting these had nothing to do with a poorly produced movie insulting Islam. If anything, the movie was used as a pretext for a planned attack.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:00 pm|
We are in an election year, and the actions of the Presidential candidates matter at a time like this. And so Mitt Romney’s doubling down on a false claim about “apologizing” for violence, based on a dubious ordering of the events in Cairo and Benghazi, should strike anyone interested in fewer unnecessary wars and senseless deaths as deplorable.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 22, 2012 12:00 pm|
There’s a report out today from the current deputy Prime Minister of Syria that they would be “ready to discuss” the resignation of Bashar al-Assad and the transition to a new government. That the statement came while the deputy PM was in Russia for talks adds some significance. Upon closer inspection, however, it looks more like a tactic than anything.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 15, 2012 8:25 am|
Rumors about a possible Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities forced US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to comment on the reports, but not in the most reassuring way, saying that Israel has not yet made their decision on an attack.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 13, 2012 8:15 am|
Egypt’s President, the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohammed Morsi, sacked Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and set in motion a series of other orders expanding the power of the Presidency and curbing the power of the military.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 6, 2012 12:35 pm|
As fighting continues in Aleppo, with 20,000 Syrian regime troops preparing a final assault, a confusing set of reports indicates that the Prime Minister has defected to Jordan. Defections like this represent as great a threat to the legitimacy of the Syrian regime as anything the rebel army can accomplish.