Iran’s Trouble with Syria

By William Tucker Since the inception of the Syrian uprising, IHS has discussed the international dimension of the conflict, but the initial posturing by regional and international powers, though discernible, was largely opaque. As the civil war has drug on the hand of foreign interlopers has become visible in the form of continuing support for the Assad regime from Russia and Iran, while many Arab and Western nations have provided support to the rebels.
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Thai Militants Attack Army Base

By William Tucker Thailand’s troubled south experienced one of the largest militant attacks in several years yesterday leaving 16 militants dead in the assault. Locals in the area tipped off the Thai military a few days prior to the attempted assault allowing for a successful defense of the targeted base. Unfortunately, the Malay insurgency doesn’t get much international coverage and only larger skirmishes are report.
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North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test

By William Tucker North Korea conducted their third nuclear test today reaching a seismic magnitude of approximately 5.1. This is quite higher than their previous two nuclear tests reaching a suspected yield of between 6-7 kilotons. Pyongyang stated at this test was of a miniature nuclear device; however we have no evidence to confirm that claim. Furthermore, some analysts are claiming that this may have been a device using enriched uranium.
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Hezbollah Implicated in Bulgaria Bombing

By William Tucker Bulgarian authorities and EU investigators have stated that they believe the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah was behind the July 18th, 2012 bombing that killed six people. In response, Hezbollah denied the charges, but the damage has been done. The U.S. has been pressuring the EU to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and these recent findings will likely support the U.S. position.
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