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Middle East Ticker

Iran Still Complying with Nuclear Deal, Rebel Coalition in Yemen Bends but Doesn’t Break, U.S. and Hezbollah Fight over Islamic State in Syria

The IAEA disagrees with the Trump administration about Iran’s compliance, Houthi and Saleh loyalists involved in Sanaa streetfighting, and an Islamic State convoy is trapped between Syria’s frontlines.

Middle East Ticker

Terrorists Attack Tourist Spot in Spain, Yemen’s Rebel Coalition Fractures, Netanyahu Criticized for Tepid Response to Anti-Semitism

The Islamic State claims credit for attack in Barcelona, the Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh reach their breaking point, and the Israeli prime minister's response to the neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville suggests he is wary of offending Trump.

Omphalos

Middle East Ticker: Mosul Offensive Begins, U.S. Fires on Targets in Yemen, and What Intervention in Syria Will Look Like

Iraqi forces start the long-awaited fight to take the Islamic State’s last major city in the country, the United States gets caught in the escalation of the Saudi intervention in Yemen, the Obama administration considers next steps in Syria, and Libya’s U.N.-backed government gets forced out.

The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Gregory Johnsen Answers "What is a Houthi?"

On this week’s Lawfare Podcast, Gregory Johnsen outlines the current state-of-play in Yemen. Johnsen, who is a writer-at-large for Buzzfeed News, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, and an all-things-Yemen-expert, walks Ben through the byzantine power politics in Sanaa that led to the conflict now engulfing Yemen and he explains why the war shouldn’t be viewed as just another Sunni-Shia fight.

Foreign Policy Essay

Why Arab States are Bad at Counterinsurgency

Editor’s Note: The United States and its allies outsource most of their counterterrorism. Allies like Egypt and Jordan and frenemies like Pakistan do much of the heavy lifting, using their armies and intelligence services to fight jihadist terrorist groups and insurgencies. Florence Gaub, a senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies, argues that Arab states are dangerously bad at the political side of counterinsurgency and their military campaigns often fail or even make things worse as a result.

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