Al-Qaida factions reuniting under ISIS

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_984695" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sunni fighters under the ISIS banner[/caption] WASHINGTON – Rival al-Qaida jihadist militant groups are begrudgingly praising the exploits of the Islamic State of Iraq more…

ISIS scores big with Iraqi WMDs

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_977885" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sarin stockpiles[/caption] WASHINGTON – The terrorists running amok in Iraq – members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – may have access to more…

Defense denies Blackhawk,
Stinger sales to Iraq

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday denied the United States sold to Iraq Blackhawk helicopters or Stinger missiles, contradicting newly published reports that say those more…

Al-Qaida attacks, knocks out Yemeni grid

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Al-Qaida has a new way to bring its targets down: Attack the electrical grid systems that provide power. No power means no communications, defenses or much more…

Concern mounts ISIS threat could hit Lebanon

by F. Michael Maloof -- BEIRUT, Lebanon – Apprehension here has risen significantly since the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or ISIS, has blitzkrieged its way from eastern Syria into more…

U.S. aid 'spawning new breed of jihadists'

by F. Michael Maloof -- BEIRUT, Lebanon – Concern is mounting that increased aid the Obama administration has promised so-called "moderate" Syrian rebel forces, who largely have been taken over by Muslim militant more…

'Peacemaker' Iran moves to end Syria war

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_940811" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Ayatollah Khamenei"][/caption] BEIRUT, Lebanon – With Syrian President Bashar al-Assad re-elected for another seven-year term while fighting continues to rage throughout Syria, there is more…

Kerry dismisses legitimacy
of Assad's re-election

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_797811" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="John Kerry"][/caption] BEIRUT, Lebanon – In the midst of a civil war, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's re-election on June 3 garnered 88.7 percent of more…