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Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is the issue Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IN the nuclear crisis with Iran, the focus of the international community must be to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, full stop. It is cavalier and dangerous to assume that we can "manage" the threats from a nuclear armed Iran by strategies such as deterrence.

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The New Reality in Iraq/ Oil Prices and the Middle East Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update offers some new and very optimistic assessments of the situation in Iraq. First up, if you haven't seen it in today's Australian, don't miss academic military experts Kimberley and Frederick Kagan, together with retired senior US General Jack Keane's report in the Wall Street Journal on

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Myth busting Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

It's time to debunk some myths. Israel did not replace or destroy any country. It did not prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. The Palestinian refugee crisis occurred because of the actions of Palestinian and other Arab fighters.

Israel and Syria / Arab World reacts to Olmert's legal problems Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Multimedia, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update contains some more differing analysis and opinion on the new indirect Israeli-Syrian talks. First up, top Israeli journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi explains the sceptical view that appears to be predominant in Israel about the talks and the prospects of an Israeli-Syrian agreem

Assessing the Iraq War - Again Categories: Iraq     Author: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Bill Roggio

The testimony delivered in the US Congress on April 8 by US Commander in Iraq General David Petraeus and US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker provides an opportunity to assess progress in Iraq since last September (the last time the two men were in Washington, DC). Last fall's testimonies noted the in

Iraq: Basra and Beyond Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features two articles on the aftermath of the Iraqi army's recent battles with the Iranian-backed Shi'ite extremist Mahdi Army, led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

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Iraq - Five Years On Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features some examples from the many retrospectives that have been appearing in the international media in recognition of the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq.

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