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War, Conflict, and History Newsletter-June 10, 2017
The war against ISIS (AKA the Islamic State) continues to mutate and grow. Violent attacks in the Philippines, Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere this past week all point toward ISIS. In response, the United States declared military involvement in aid of the Philippine government in the ongoing fighting in Mindanao, while in Afghanistan, the U.S. takes casualties in an attack likely connected to ISIS. Meanwhile, in Iran, one member of the sprawling, yet divided anti-ISIS coalition, endures what seems to be their first ISIS-directed or inspired terrorist attack.
And, while all of this was going on, America’s allies in the Middle East found themselves taking sides in a conflict (so far limited to diplomatic and economic combat) that pits Qatar (home to a large and important U.S. military base) against Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and others. At last report, Turkey was siding with Qatar.
In this edition of our War, Conflict, and History newsletter are links to articles and reports that will inform your knowledge of these events.
The Wars of Iran Iranian troops battling Iraqi Tanks in the Iran-Iraq War Tweet
The modern nation of Iran is also known throughout much of history as the ancient nation of Persia. This is the same Persia which overran the Spartans at Thermopylae; the same Persia which fell to the conquering Macedonian, Alexander the Great; the same Persia which fought the Romans and their successors the Byzantines for centuries for dominance in the Near East. This is also the same Persia which fe…
Qatar Crisis Embroils America’s Middle East Allies