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Turkish troops enter Idlib, Syria demands withdrawal

Syrian government has accused Turkey of invasion amid entry of Turkish troops into Idlib, and demands immediate withdrawal with no exception. Turkey denies any wrongdoing, claims its troops are in Idlib to secure de-escalation zones as agreed with Russia and Iran during last Astana meeting. Question is whether …

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Independence or not – the hard questions for Kurdistan and Scotland

By Shehab Al-Makahleh To vote for independence or not, that is the question in Kurdistan and Scotland. Both cases are loaded with huge geopolitical implications. In Iraqi Kurdistan a non-binding referendum was held on the 25th of September, in which the Kurds were asked to decide whether to …

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Syria Brief: Expected developments in next few months

Key events to look forward to in Syria in the final months of 2017. 1. War in Syria expected to end in December 2017, reconstruction process to start with Chinese and Russian cooperation. Regional powers on good terms with the Eurasian power duo have chances to participate. Global …

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Will the Houthis fulfill their word to target UAE with long range missiles?

By Shehab Al-Makahleh Many people were surprised by the unprecedented and violent threats that Abdul Malik al-Houthi, leader of Ansar Allah Al Houthi Movement, directed against the United Arab Emirates when he vowed to launch missile attacks against targets in the UAE and against Saudi oil targets. Abdul …

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Alliances shift in the Middle East as all roads lead to Moscow

ANALYSIS / By Firas Al-Atraqchi As US media continues to speculate on the motives behind the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas and the press in the UK critique Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest policy speech, there have been significant changes in Middle Eastern alliances. On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s …

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Russia to play Middle East mediator during King Salman’s visit

Dr. Shehab Al-Makahleh  The long-awaited, historic visit of King Salman to Russia this week will demonstrate the scale of dialogue and coordination the two countries seek to achieve to strengthen their bilateral relations. The visit has great symbolism, with billboards installed in Moscow to welcome King Salman to …

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Erdogan’s visit to Tehran defines Turkey’s future roadmap

COMMENTARY Turkish president Erdogan will visit Tehran on Wednesday, October 4 to hold bilateral meetings and attend a joint strategic council session. The meeting comes on the heels of Iranian FM visit to Doha, signaling ever closer cooperation and coordination between the three states, and ahead of Saudi …

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Syria/Iraq Brief: Joint Arab-China-led Reconstruction?

Syria and Iraq post-ISIS: Reconstruction Business Opportunity for the Arab World Rebirth Global estimates indicate that volume of reconstruction projects in Syria and Iraq will reach $2 trillion over next 10 years, representing an exceptional opportunity for Arab economic integration – according to Jordanian Minister of Industry. Yet, …

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King Salman’s Russia visit has potential to change Middle East landscape

Shehab Al-Makahleh Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will head an official delegation on October 4-7, 2017 to have meetings with Russian president Vladimir Putin and senior government officials, the first ever visit by a Saudi King to Moscow since the foundation of the Kingdom. The visit, which has been …

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