Al Monitor

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 07:29
The Barack Obama administration shifted more than $100 million earmarked for Egypt to other countries earlier this year amid growing frustration with Cairo, Al-Monitor has learned. The previously undisclosed reallocation is a signal of Washington's impatience with the Egyptian government's refusal to work with U.S. aid organizations.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 07:14
Factions of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are threatening to attack US troops that participate in the battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), but the Iraqi government hopes to smooth things over.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 08:09
Russia and Turkey are effusive about the positive gains in their relationship, but ties remain tenuous where Syria is concerned. A visit by the Russian chief of staff after an 11-year hiatus is itself an important development, made even more so because it came soon after Turkey’s intervention in the Syrian war and coincides with the ongoing debate over Black Sea domination.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 07:22
Current and pending defense authorization legislation prohibits US military assistance for Iraq if it risks falling into the hands of Iran-backed groups, many of which have contributed heavily to the country's ongoing fight against ISIS.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 09:36
It seems the Houthi rebels are the only ones benefiting from the ongoing war in Yemen, as Saudi Arabia’s and Yemen’s economies have been badly affected.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 07:13
While rumors are floating in the media about a possible Abbas-Netanyahu summit in Moscow or Cairo, in reality, Israeli and Palestinian parties are preparing to consolidate their domestic hard-line positions in order to prepare for a period of deadlock and a possible wider outbreak of violence toward the end of 2016.
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 06:58
The Obama administration has offered to sell Saudi Arabia a record $115 billion in weapons. Does the Sept. 9 vote to allow the families of terrorist victims to sue the kingdom mean an end to business as usual?
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 06:44
In a move that critics say will “further undermine transparency,” Egypt’s parliament on Aug. 9 approved amendments to the police authority law that bar police officers — including those who are retired — from providing information to the media without prior authorization from the Interior Ministry.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 06:42
The Israeli air force will be the first air force outside the United States with an operational Stealth squadron. In the United States, the Navy has already made the F-35 serviceable and announced its Initial Operating Capability status. The US Air Force will reach this same milestone in the near future.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being pressured by his associates and the security system to conclude the US security aid deal with the current administration.