Now ISIS controls one third of a state in the Mideast, and is plotting attacks against America.
And the reasons for that suggest just how densely complicated the Mideast quagmire has become.
Iran casts a long shadow over the Mideast—arming Hezbollah, backing outlawed Iraqi militias, supporting the Taliban.
The upside is a short-term deal that would lead to the Mideast equivalent of ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Now, for the conspiracy-minded—and who in the world of Mideast intelligence services is not conspiracy minded?
Benjamin Sarlin on the latest skirmish in an online Mideast proxy war.
Sometimes a bissel Yiddish goes a long way toward Mideast diplomacy.
But over the past few months, Mideast dictatorships have fallen as Arab Muslims rose up in the name of freedom and democracy.
She likened France's ban to the bans in Mideast countries on Western clothing, and said both were equally insidious.
Leslie H. Gelb on why we need to pay more attention to the Mideast—and America.