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Demise of ISIS, new Syrian constitution and future proxy wars

Shehab Al-Makahleh  In light of the fact that ISIS will be wiped out by the end of 2017 in Syria and Iraq – as confirmed by Vladimir Shamanov, former Russian Airborne Force commander and Chairman of the State Duma’s defense committee – the Middle East will enter a …

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Jordan expects Astana talks to lead to the Syrian crisis settlement

(Amman) “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is concerned about the recent developments in Syria especially in southern parts of the country, which is close to Jordan,” a senior Jordanian official told Geostrategic Media. He added that the upcoming Astana conference on Syria will be including Saudi Arabia and …

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Iraqi leaders’ visits a prelude toward internal reconciliation, regional calculations

Shehab Al-Makahleh The visits of Iraqi officials to some Arab capitals in the past few months until recently with Iraqi Shiite cleric leader, Moqtada al-Sadr who paid a visit to Jordan on October 22, 2017 represent that Iraq is heading toward internal reconciliation before moving to playing a …

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Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

Shehab Al-Makahleh Russian recent initiative to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia has come as a surprise and has left many queries about what Moscow could do in order to bridge the gap between Tehran and Riyadh. The Middle East is in a process of a geopolitical makeover …

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Iraqi Kurdistan Gorran Party calls for national salvation government

A month into Kurdish referendum on independence Kurdish Gorran Party says KRG president post should be abolished. Gorran Party believes that the formation of national salvation government is necessary amidst recent ‘setbacks’ following KRG President Barzani’s unilateral decision to carry out a referendum, despite international objections. Going against …

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Jordanian-Syrian parliamentary talks, a sign of rapprochement and a prelude to further breakthrough

Shehab Al Makahleh In a rare qualitative step since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, Jordanian Parliament Speaker Atif Al Tarawneh met with his Syrian counterpart Hamouda Al Sayegh in Saint Petersburg, where the 137th international parliamentary meeting is being held. Commenting on the Syrian conflict, Al Tarawneh …

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Iraqi PM Abadi in Saudi Arabia to forge bilateral ties

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi arrived to Riyadh on Saturday to attend inaugural meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, a body said to cover two countries’ cooperation in political, economic, security and cultural fields. Meanwhile, in Baghdad Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih’s met with his Iraqi counterpart Jabar al-Luaibi, …

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Political instability and unlikely allies in the Middle East

Shehab Al-Makahleh Political instability in the Middle East has driven some countries to rethink their strategic relations with other countries. Few days ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid an official visit to Iran, his regional rival, and in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan …

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Iraq Brief: Barzani referendum gamble fails as Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk

This morning news from Iraq are filled with reports of government forces’ successful operation in retaking Kurdish-held oil-rich Kirkuk. Despite Kurdish Peshmerga resistance Iraqi security troops and predominantly Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have taken back the key security outposts, including Kirkuk airport and Baba Karkar oil field, occupied …

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