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24/02/2015 Article

Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar — And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

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(Apologies for late posting on CF’s website – this article was first published by Huffington Post on 2 December 2014) Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 2

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Conflicts Forum aims to shift Western opinion towards a deeper, less compartmentalised understanding of Islam and the Middle East.
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18/11/2014

How ISIS Is Using Us to Get What It Wants

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 09/25/2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/how-isis-is-using-us_b_5877570.html “O crusaders, you have realized the threat of the Islamic State, but you have not become aware of the

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20/09/2014 Article

Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is ‘Not Islamic’

/ Alastair Crooke

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Huffington Post, 18 Sept 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/obama-isis-not-islamic_b_5843830.html?utm_hp_ref=world “We are fighting an ideology, not a regime.” - U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry     “Now let’s make

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18/09/2014 Article

History on the Move Again

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 5-12 September 2014 The ‘ordering’ of the ‘non-West’ is undergoing a huge shift. Although this new patterning is still fully to

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15/09/2014 Article

Yemen in Play (Round Two) and Saudi Arabia Fears (of being caught in an ISIS pincer movement)

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 5 September The Prime Minister has resigned; the government has been dismissed; Sana’a streets are filled with tens of thousand Houthi protesters

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30/08/2014 Article

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

/ Alastair Crooke

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Global Post/Huffington Post, 27 August 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html BEIRUT – The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have

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25/08/2014 Article

Resurgent Iraq?

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Conflict Forum’s Weekly Comment, 8-15 August 2014 “Iran Wants Iraq’s New Premier to Start Job Immediately”. “Iranian Leader Hails Breakthrough in Iraq’s Political Deadlock: the Iranian

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