Trouble in the Sinai

By William Tucker The Arab Spring is often celebrated by reciting the roll call of overthrown autocrats. But revolutions, in the end, will be judged primarily by what they build, not what they destroy. And in this respect, a year of revolution has refashioned exhilaration into paradox. – Henry Kissinger A paradox, indeed. For years the Sinai peninsula has been left underdeveloped. Some have ascribed this to the peninsula’s demilitarization.
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Al-Qaeda Plot Disrupted in Spain

By William Tucker Spanish authorities have arrested three men for allegedly planning a terrorist attack against Gibraltar or the European mainland. Unfortunately, not much information about the alleged plot has been disclosed to the press other than some information on the individuals and the areas they had visited. The names of the accused have not been officially released, however two are described as having come from Russia.
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For Syria’s Rebel’s, Aleppo Reveals a Larger Battle Strategy

By William Tucker A few days ago I posted an article on the impending battle for control of Aleppo. Fighting is fierce and contradicting reports are streaming from both the Assad regime and opposition forces. Perhaps equally interesting is opposition advances in other key parts of Syria. Since the fighting in Aleppo began, the rebels have made significant gains in portions of the country that could potentially trap a large portion of Assad's forces in the north of the country.
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A Look at Al-Qaeda in Syria

By William Tucker Back in March 2011, I had written an article on the reported presence of al-Qaeda militants fighting against the Qaddafi regime after U.S. intelligence indicated that “flickers” of al-Qaeda were seen among the rebellion. Keeping true to form with the rest of the Arab Spring uprisings, the same concern is being expressed in regards to the situation in Syria. Unlike Libya, however, the presence of al-Qaeda is more pronounced.
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The Battle for Aleppo

By William Tucker Syrian opposition forces have followed up their assault on Damascus by seizing and holding territory in the northern city of Aleppo. The fighting in Aleppo is shaping up quite differently than the assault on Damascus. Rather than seize government building and force Assad loyalists to retake portions of the city block by block the opposition withdrew from Damascus after a few days of fighting.
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Cuba’s Uncertain Future

By William Tucker In December 2011, I wrote an article on the influence of Cuba and Iran in Venezuela. Although Iran has some interests in using Venezuela to increase its footprint in Latin America, it is Cuba that has staked much of its economic welfare, indeed even its political fortunes, to the Chavez regime. In the time since that article was posted, Chavez’s health is still uncertain – despite his claims.
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