Surprise! Iran intercepted
two U.S.-defended ships

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The Iran Revolutionary Guard naval patrol intercepted a U.S.-flagged ship five days before firing shots on the Marshall Island-flagged Maersk Tigris and seizing it, representing what more…

NATO: No attack on ISIS in Libya
despite threat to Italy

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1948285" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Rome[/caption] WASHINGTON – The Western alliance has no current plans to attack ISIS targets in Libya despite the urging of Italian Foreign Minister Paolo more…

Drone hostage deaths confirmed
only by 'intel assessment'

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1942295" align="aligncenter" width="596"] President Obama apologizes April 23 for the deaths of two Western hostages in a U.S. drone strike.[/caption] WASHINGTON – "Confirmation" that an American and more…

Russia tries to get economic jump on West

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Russia and Iran are moving past their historically rocky relationship with a new signal from Moscow that Tehran would be welcome in its Eurasian Economic Union, more…

ISIS poised to butcher more Palestinians

by F. Michael Maloof --   WASHINGTON – Residents of the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Ain el-Hilweh, are terrified they will be the next victism of ISIS after the slaughter at more…

U.S. pressed to back
U.N.-imposed Palestinian state

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1887725" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas holds a copy of the letter requesting Palestine's full admission to the U.N. as a sovereign state during the more…

Iran nuke agreement could backfire on Russia

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The nuclear framework agreement's easing of sanctions against Iran could pose problems for Moscow – one of the principle negotiators – with the consequent lowering of more…

Saudi bombing strengthens al-Qaida in Yemen

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The jihadist group Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is benefitting from the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's bombing of the Iranian-backed al-Houthi rebels in northern Yemen, according to more…