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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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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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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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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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Putin arrives to Ankara, German military leaves Incirlik airbase for Jordan

ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ankara on September 28 for key talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, including recent developments in Iraq and Syria and bilateral relations. At the same time, following months of strained relations between the two NATO-states, on Thursday German military has …

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Russian S-400 Erdoğan’s Best Defense from (Un)Predictable Western Policy Whims

ANALYSIS/OPINION  Stana Dubajic • By buying Russian S-400 air-defense missile system Turkey, erstwhile Western ally, second largest NATO member, and a bulwark against Soviet expansion in the Middle East during Cold War, has caused a geostrategic earthquake and tipped the Middle East balance of power irreparably against the West. …

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Trump at the United Nations

Kim Petersen “The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.” – US president Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly, 19 September 2017 If you are …

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After Astana-6 China Ready to Join the Syrian Peace Process, Lead the Reconstruction Efforts

GM | Staff Writer   After two days of negotiations, Astana talks wrapped up on Friday, resulting in long-awaited agreement on establishing the fourth and the final de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate bordering Turkey. As the talks were concluding, China finally upped the ante on Syria by expressing its …

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The ill timing of Iraqi Kurdish referendum spells another disaster

Stana Dubajic   As the Syrian tragic war draws to its end, another potentially explosive development in the region is increasingly gaining media attention in recent weeks – the Iraqi Kurdish referendum. With less than two weeks left to the Referendum date, the Kurds seem to be faced with a …

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