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Mideast Conflicts Flare Up as ISIS Fades

Mideast Conflicts Flare Up as ISIS Fades

Islamic State may still be around, but the Middle East has moved on. The  extremist group’s ouster from its main remaining stronghold of Raqqa  on Tuesday is a watershed moment. But, as Islamic State’s once vast territory has shrunk to a few dwindling pockets in eastern Syria...

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EU Officials urge Opposition to Accept Assad

EU Officials urge Opposition to Accept Assad

By Abdullah Ghadawi (Zaman Al Wasl)- The major shift in the European political  stance over Bashar al-Assad’s future and it role in the the transitional period is no longer a subject to analysis or speculation.  On more than one occasion, the European Union (EU) has...

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Syrian Pound: Causes of Stability and Forecasts

Syrian Pound: Causes of Stability and Forecasts

By Fuad Abdulaziz (Eqtsad)- Many Syrians are asking about the status of their Syrian Pound after a year of stability against the U.S. Dollar after it has witnessed significant declines compared to 2016. The Syrian Pound exceeded the 600 Pound barrier in 2016 against the Dollar before...

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Palestinian reconciliation: Why is it likely to succeed now?

Palestinian reconciliation: Why is it likely to succeed now?

By Azzam Tamimi (Middle East Eye)- For a change, all parties concerned seem to be eager to see Palestinian reconciliation succeed. Each player has its own reasons, of course. Yet, it would not have been possible to come this far so quickly had it not been for the deepening humanitarian...

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Iraq Kurdish vote may benefit Syrian Kurds, say their leaders

Iraq Kurdish vote may benefit Syrian Kurds, say their leaders

The Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence could bolster Syria’s own Kurds if it pushes the Syrian government to negotiate over autonomy, Syrian Kurdish leaders said on Wednesday. Top Kurdish politician Ilham Ahmed told Reuters that officials from Syria’s Kurdish-led regions had...

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Kurdish referendum set to plunge Iraq into existential crisis

Kurdish referendum set to plunge Iraq into existential crisis

(Middle East Monitor)- As the Iraqi Kurdish administration continues to  defy international opinion  by pressing ahead with its plans to hold an advisory independence referendum next Monday, Iraq’s two most powerful neighbouring countries have stepped up rhetorical opposition to the...

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Germany: Syrian refugees obliged to deal with Assad Embassy

Germany: Syrian refugees obliged to deal with Assad Embassy

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Some German provinces require refugees who want to register their children to bring documents and identity papers either from Syria or from regime embassy in Berlin. Hence refugees have two options; either to leave their children without registration which affects their...

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Why Syria hasn't retaliated to the alleged Israeli strike

Why Syria hasn't retaliated to the alleged Israeli strike

Syria didn’t retaliate to the airstrike, which it has attributed to Israel, on a missile-production plant in the west of the country on Thursday. The statement by the Syrian military was carefully crafted and low on detail. The release described the bombed facility, part of the Scientific...

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Why White Nationalists love Bashar al-Assad

Why White Nationalists love Bashar al-Assad

By Mariam Elba (The Intercept)- It shouldn't be surprising that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has become an idol among white nationalists in the United States. During the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally several weeks ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, Baked...

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Victory Over IS on Lebanon-Syria Border Is Boon for Hezbollah

Victory Over IS on Lebanon-Syria Border Is Boon for Hezbollah

(VOA)- As convoys of the Lebanese army on Wednesday returned from a recent operation against Islamic State militants in the border region with Syria, cheering civilians showered them with rose petals and danced around them with Lebanese flags. It was a moment for Lebanon to celebrate...

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Iran is taking over Syria. Can anyone stop It?

Iran is taking over Syria. Can anyone stop It?

(The New York Times)- From the end of the Cold War until 2010, Syria, led first by President Hafez al-Assad and then by his son Bashar, had a uniquely flexible geopolitical position in the Arab world: Syria was an avowed enemy of Israel but directly negotiated with it. Syria claimed to be the...

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Trapped in the ruins of Raqqa, we’re reduced to stealing from the dead

Trapped in the ruins of Raqqa, we’re reduced to stealing from the dead

By Tim Ramadan ( The Guardian )- Around three months have passed since the Syrian Democratic Forces launched a military operation to wrest back control of Raqqa from Islamic State. These forces are backed directly by the US-led international coalition, and they have so far succeeded in...

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Euphrates Shield revisited

Euphrates Shield revisited

We need to first look at why and how Ankara decided to carry out Operation Euphrates Shield through its own military capabilities. In order to answer this question, we must first refer to Turkey’s threat perception at that time. Prior to Operation Euphrates Shield, the National...

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The Israelis tried to cut their losses in Syria. They failed

The Israelis tried to cut their losses in Syria. They failed

(The Middle East Eye)- As Iran consolidates its presence and influence in Syria, Israel fears that its "Syrian policy" is collapsing. To cut its losses, the Jewish state has embarked on a new and urgent diplomatic-intelligence initiative spearheaded by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. On...

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The Battle for Raqqa: A War of Tactics and Caution

The Battle for Raqqa: A War of Tactics and Caution

By Abdullah Ghadawi ( Atlantic Council )- The base of the Islamic State’s (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) power is in Raqqa and Mosul and is connected with each side deploying fighters across the border in mass. But while the United States and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) took back Mosul, the...

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New U.S. plan for Syria gives Assad the upper hand

New U.S. plan for Syria gives Assad the upper hand

By Abdullah Ghadawi (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian arena is witnessing today more than ever major transformations that has strategic dimensions at the political and military levels following successful truces in several regions and the activation of the plan of de-escalation zones,...

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Can the latest attempt at a ceasefire in Syria succeed?

Can the latest attempt at a ceasefire in Syria succeed?

(The Economist)- The guns have fallen silent over southern Syria. Under a deal brokered by Russia and America, the Syrian regime and its rebel adversaries, which have fought for six bloody years, have agreed to stop killing each other in parts of the country. Since the truce came into force on...

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Jihadist takeover in Syria's Idlib raises attack prospect

Jihadist takeover in Syria's Idlib raises attack prospect

( The Daily Mail )- The jihadist takeover of Syria's key Idlib province raises the prospect that the region could become the next target of the international participants in the country's complex war. The northern province is one of only two that have fallen from regime control since the war...

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