Jim Lobe

  • Despite strenuous efforts by prominent neoconservatives and other hawks, a war-weary US public is clearly very leery of any armed intervention in what many experts believe is rapidly becoming a civil war in Syria, according to recent polls.In a survey released last week, the Pew Research Centre ...

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  • Amid persistent speculation over a possible Israeli military attack against Iranian nuclear facilities in  the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, a detailed new public opinion survey released Tuesday suggests that such a move would enjoy little support in ...

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  • As top US and Israeli officials prepare for a crucial set of meetings, a new survey finds little backing among the Israeli public for a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities without Washington’s approval.Only about one in five Israelis (19%) favour a unilateral strike without US ...

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  • Amid the persistent beating of war drums, an influential international conflict prevention group is insisting that a deal between Western countries and Iran on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme can still be reached.In a new report released Thursday, the Brussels-based International ...

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  • United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s surprise announcement on Wednesday that US troops will phase out their combat role in Afghanistan by mid-2013 is drawing mixed reactions, as well as a fair bit of confusion here, from both critics and supporters of the 11-year-old war.The ...

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  • Like the imminent prospect of one’s hanging, to paraphrase the 18th century British essayist Dr. (Samuel) Johnson, the suddenly looming possibility of war can concentrate the mind wonderfully.If that aphorism didn’t apply in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq 10 years ago, it ...

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  • Capping a major eight-month review, President Barack Obama unveiled a new defence strategy that places more emphasis on US military capabilities in Asia and the Pacific and much less on counter-insurgency and nation-building operations in poorer and conflict-plagued countries.Among other steps, ...

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  • Increasingly worried that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is taking advantage of the growing political chaos in Yemen, the administration of President Barack Obama has tasked the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to use drone missiles to strike at suspected AQAP militants. The move, which ...

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  • With only three weeks left before United States military forces are scheduled to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, the debate over the size and pace of that withdrawal has become increasingly intense. On one hand, the Pentagon, backed by prominent neo-conservatives and other hawks, insists that ...

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