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Revolution helped unleash jihadism in Tunisia. Democracy can resolve it

Revolution helped unleash jihadism in Tunisia. Democracy can resolve it

(Middle East Eye)- Tunisia is not simply a “jihadist beacon”, but that may be the only thing you associate it with given the way some European commentators have discussed the country recently. Against all the odds - deep ideological rifts, a fragile state in a chaotic regional context,...

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What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

(Al-Monitor)- When 2016 was drawing to a close, Moscow surprisingly agreed to divide Syrian warring factions into “good” and “bad” guys and to recognize the idea of the “moderate opposition.” On Jan. 10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced the preparation of talks between...

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Friction deepens among Al Qaeda factions in Syria

Friction deepens among Al Qaeda factions in Syria

By Hassan Hassan (The  National)- Al Qaeda in Syria has faced – and survived – two upheavals since 2011. Today, the organisation might be facing its third major test, and the new development brings with it a fresh challenge for Syria. The first challenge was the dispute...

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Syria's tribal figures seek cantons and power only- Opinion

Syria's tribal figures seek cantons and power only- Opinion

By Mohaled al-Hussein (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian regime backed by Iran and Russia, seeks to recruit the largest number of young men from the region of eastern Syria into the “Al-Jazira and Euphrates Mobilization” militias, the Fifth Legion- Storm Troopers, and the National Defense among...

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Two sides of Syria: Damascus and Aleppo

Two sides of Syria: Damascus and Aleppo

(Al- Monitor)- Lebanon is a country of unsettled scores. Each time I visit the country, I keep seeing and feeling the burdensome legacy of its 15-year civil war, no matter how many years had gone by since it ended in 1990. What would I find in neighboring Syria, as its nearly 6-year-old civil...

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Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

(New York Times)- Now that forces supporting the Syrian government have completed the takeover of Aleppo, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have negotiated a tenuous cease-fire, it is more than likely that President Bashar al-Assad and the regime he oversees will continue to govern Syria, in one form...

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Putin and Assad could face justice for war crimes in Syria

Putin and Assad could face justice for war crimes in Syria

There seems to be no way for the international community to stop the ongoing war crimes being committed by the Syrian regime and its Russian allies, especially in Aleppo. But by brazenly flouting international law, leaders and rank-and-file officials in both countries are opening themselves up...

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Patrick Seale wrote the book on Syria but misread its latest chapter

Patrick Seale wrote the book on Syria but misread its latest chapter

Anyone who has spent time living in or studying the Middle East will be familiar with the work of Patrick Seale, who died last weekend in London after a battle with brain cancer. Seale was a journalist and long-term observer of the region and wrote what is still, two decades after it was...

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Obama’s foreign policy was error after error

Obama’s foreign policy was error after error

When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S Street, where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson’s embittering foreign policy failure was the...

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Battle for Mosul is emerging as a lost opportunity

Battle for Mosul is emerging as a lost opportunity

By Hassan Hassan (The National)- The battle for Mosul resumed on Thursday after a two-week operational pause. During the pause, according to Arabic reports, Baghdad came under increased pressure to allow at least two militia organisations to join the operations inside Mosul. Banning such...

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The Assad conundrum

The Assad conundrum

(Al Jazeera)- It is safe to say that, until recently, the debate over Syria's political future came down to one thing: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. With his victory in Aleppo, and the firm support of Iran and Russia, it is also fairly safe to say that the Syrian president's future is...

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How Tunisia Became a Top Source of ISIS Recruits

How Tunisia Became a Top Source of ISIS Recruits

(Wall Street Journal)- The cradle of the Arab Spring, Tunisia remains the freest Arab democracy. It has one of the region’s most developed economies and highest literacy rates. And it is also by far the largest source of foreign fighters heading to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq....

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How Obama's Iranian nuclear deal enabled tragedy in Aleppo

How Obama's Iranian nuclear deal enabled tragedy in Aleppo

(Washington Examiner)- In his year-end press conference, President Obama reflected on the tragedy that has befallen Aleppo, Syria, where Iranian-backed militias and Russian warplanes helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad reclaim the city and conduct a crime against humanity rivaling Rwanda and...

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Turkey’s permanent state of crisis

Turkey’s permanent state of crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the most powerful person in Turkey in almost a century, rivaled only by Ataturk — the secular founder of the republic. Erdogan first assumed power as prime minister in 2003, and in 2014 he won elections to become president. After already having controlled...

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The trauma of Aleppo: ‘Why do we expect them to care about us?’

The trauma of Aleppo: ‘Why do we expect them to care about us?’

“Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran,” President Obama said last week of the barbarity in Aleppo, Syria, “and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands.” My journalism students and I here in Dubai...

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Al Qaeda and ISIL are still potent forces in Syria

Al Qaeda and ISIL are still potent forces in Syria

As counterintuitive as it may sound, ISIL will still be stronger than Al Qaeda in Syria even after the former is dislodged from Mosul and Raqqa. Many counterterrorism experts have argued in recent months that it is time to turn attention towards Syria’s Jabhat Fateh Al Sham, formerly known...

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Everyone connected with the abomination in Aleppo will pay a heavy price

Everyone connected with the abomination in Aleppo will pay a heavy price

Frederic C. Hof is director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He advised Hillary Clinton on Syria at the State Department in 2012. Some 70 months ago, unarmed, ordinary Syrians rose peacefully against a regime whose incompetence and corruption they had come...

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Why America was bound to fail in Syria

Why America was bound to fail in Syria

The fall of Aleppo is a human catastrophe. It’s also a demonstration of the perils of choosing the middle course in a military conflict. Sometimes it’s possible to talk and fight at the same time. But in Syria, the U.S. decision to pursue a dual-track, halfway approach made the mayhem worse....

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