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Sunnis and Kurds Walk Out of Iraq Parliament

Rod Nordland / New York Times

Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of the Iraqi Parliament on Tuesday, imperiling efforts to form a new government in the face of a bitter offensive by Sunni militants.


NSA is Given Broad Leeway to Intercept Data

Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman / Washington Post

A classified legal certification and other documents indicate that the agency has been given a far more elastic authority than previously known.


Ceasefire Over, Ukraine Forces Attack Rebel Positions

Richard Balmforth and Natalia Zinets / Reuters

Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of “parasites”.


Will the Jihadist Tide Be Stemmed?

The Economist

As the rebels extend their reach across Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki is being urged to widen his government’s sectarian make-up or face the prospect of isolation and defeat


Putin’s Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq

Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast

Russia may not have boots on the ground in Iraq—yet. But it will have them in the sky; Russian pilots could be flying over Iraq within days.


Japan Moves to Permit Greater Use of Its Military

New York Times

Japan took a symbolically significant step toward playing a more active role in regional security on Tuesday, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his government would reinterpret the antiwar Constitution to allow Japanese armed forces to come to the aid of friendly nations under attack.


Erdogan Nominated for Turkish Presidency

The Daily Beast

Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has found a clever way around term limits.


On Our Flashpoint Blog


Law of the Sea Treaty in Focus at Arctic Seminar

Will Field

On Thursday June 26th, the Royal Norwegian Embassy hosted a breakfast seminar titled “Security Challenges in a Changing Arctic”, during which key issues regarding American security in the High North were discussed.


Ex-Im Closure Threatens Global Competitiveness of Exports

Dan Day

Threats to allow the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to expire on September 30 have the potential to bring an essential cog in the American economy down with it- the global competitiveness of our exports.


Four Maps that Explain Islam in Africa
John Bugnacki

These four maps, ‘Percentage of Muslims Per Country’, ‘Number of Muslims Per Country’, ‘Presence of Sharia Law’, and ‘Traditions of Islamic Jurisprudence’ give a compelling account of where African Muslims live and how they understand the world.


Karachi Airport Attack Shines Light on Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

Alexander Gupta

On the evening of Sunday, June 8th 2014, 10 terrorists allegedly from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) infiltrated Pakistan’s largest and busiest airport.


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