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Citing Syrian opposition leaders, Robert Richer, a former CIA Middle East and South Asia chief, told The Cipher Brief that the facilities hit had been mostly ... The strikes “amounted to no more than a slap on Assad's wrist and were devoid of any long-term strategy”, argues Emile Nakhleh, a former CIA senior ...
By Robert Richer. I have seen several former intelligence and law enforcement officials over the past few days attack the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next director of the CIA. These individuals either do not know Haspel or do not know her well. Further, they have no firsthand knowledge of her role and ...

Over the past few days, I have seen several former intelligence and law enforcement officials attack the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next director of the CIA. These individuals either do not know Haspel or do not know her well. Further, they have no firsthand knowledge of her role and her actions ...
Over the past few days, I have seen several former intelligence and law enforcement officials attack the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next director of the CIA. These individuals either do not know Haspel or do not know her well. Further, they have no firsthand knowledge of her role and her actions ...
Over the past few days, I have seen several former intelligence and law enforcement officials attack the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next director of the CIA. These individuals either do not know Haspel or do not know her well. Further, they have no firsthand knowledge of her role and her actions ...

Bottom Line: As the Syrian regime consolidates power, with the help of Russia, Iran, and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, its combined forces are growing bolder, presenting an increasing strategic threat to Israel. In response, Israel has begun adjusting its policy of selective intervention, recently targeting Assad air ...
From the Arab perspective—and my own—the timing of President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem makes little sense. The peace process has been slow in developing under Trump, if it has developed at all, offering little sign of any progress that could temper the furor such a decision ...

Cyber-enabled information operations in the Gulf, such as the one that seemingly spurred the ongoing feud between Qatar and its neighbors, represent the gray line between open conflict and backchannel disagreements that have proven difficult to respond to, according to experts who spoke at an event ...
Friday's deadly terrorist attack at the Al-Rawda mosque in the north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula demonstrates that the so-called Islamic State's Sinai affiliate remains a potent force and raises questions about the effectiveness of Egypt's harsh four-year anti-ISIS campaign. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah ...
He also launched Vision 2030, a reform plan seeking to reduce the reliance of Saudi Arabia's economy on oil and instead develop the country's tourism, health and education sectors. Robert Richer, former associate deputy director of operations of the CIA, told Al Jazeera the events of the past week marked ...
“It's one day away or one incident away – a stupid attack originating out of Gaza and then a heavy handed Israeli response – from it falling apart,” said Rob Richer, Cipher Brief expert and former Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA. “Overall, this is going to be a politically wasteful effort,” ...
“Unfortunately, Yemen has been the bastard (neglected) stepchild of the Middle East for the last 50 years,” says Rob Richer, Cipher Brief expert who spent two years stationed in Yemen during the 1980s as the CIA's Middle East Chief. “It's a country that is remote, and no one is really interested in it.
“The bottom line is that the current administration is not in fact going for overt regime change anywhere,” says Rob Richer, the former Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA. “Their intent rather is to change leadership to possibly make a better friend in a region and to us. I don't see any intent to ...
As questions swirl about what this means for U.S. policy in Syria, The Cipher Brief's Bennett Seftel asked former Associate Deputy Director of Operations at the CIA Robert Richer what he sees in this decision, and who benefits the most. TCB: What are your thoughts on the recent decision by the Trump ...


 

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