Saudis hedging bet if Iran nuke deal fails

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1786155" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Saudi Arabia's King Salman, right, talks with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah[/caption] WASHINGTON – Sunni Saudi Arabia, which is conducting proxy wars more…

U.S. relying on Iran to battle ISIS in Iraq

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – While the United States may be displaying reluctance to participate, beyond air support, in the battle to take back Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit due to more…

Russia preparing 'final assault'
to take back Georgia

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_845211" align="alignright" width="596"] Russian President Vladimir Putin[/caption] WASHINGTON – As the focus of world attention remains on ISIS, Russia's aggression toward Ukraine and other countries that once more…

Pentagon backtracks plan to retake Mosul from ISIS

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1747705" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq[/caption] WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is backtracking on the April-May timeframe a U.S. Central Command senior official gave to take more…

Pentagon defends disclosure of battle plan

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Amid criticism that it is aiding the enemy, the Pentagon is defending its decision to disclose details of a plan to retake the Iraqi city of more…

Pentagon tips off ISIS on plan
to take back Mosul

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_1716175" align="aligncenter" width="596"] ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014[/caption] WASHINGTON – The United States has laid out a battle plan to retake the Iraqi city of more…

Obama 'withholding intel from Netanyahu'

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_132463" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu[/caption] WASHINGTON – If the U.S. is curbing intelligence to Israel regarding international talks on Iran's nuclear program, as alleged, more…

'Enemy of mine enemy' in Mideast conflict

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_398291" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Golan Heights[/caption] WASHINGTON – The race to take over the Syrian Golan Heights has pitted the strategic intentions of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah against those more…