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New Important Deal Looming for Eastern Ghouta and South East Syria by Jordanian-Iraqi Borders

By Shehab Al Makahleh • The agreement between the Syrian government and the armed opposition to cease hostilities in certain locations in Syria is seen as a principled success of the deal reached late June, that went into effect in July, on establishment of de-escalation zones in Eastern Ghouta …

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Jordan’s Mediation in the Trump-Putin Ceasefire Deal

By Shehab Al Makahleh •  The July 7 meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, will be remembered not so much because the meeting of two most important world leaders finally occurred, despite all possible efforts by various actors to …

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Trump’s Sword Dance on the Middle East ‘Grand Chessboard’

By Shehab Al Makahleh –  Literally overnight Trump’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia, aimed to bolster Arab unity against terrorism and Iran, has triggered a political earthquake in the Gulf and beyond. The Saudi Arabia-led diplomatic war against Qatar declared only a week after Riyadh Summit ended leaves the …

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Russia ready to supply Turkey with S-400, but why does Turkey need it?

By Shehab Al Makahleh |  Few days ago Russian president Putin stated Russia’s readiness to supply Turkey with advanced S-400 air defense systems. Turkey’s spat with the EU and growing discord with the NATO may be reason behind Turkey’s demand for Russian weapons. For its Arab neighbors the …

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Jordan Not to Send Any Troops to Syria

By Shehab Al Makahleh Jordan’s official stance regarding Syrian conflict supports peaceful resolution, yet reports have appeared in the media claiming that the kingdom is readying for a ground invasion of Syria. As “Eager Lion” military exercises in Jordan this year coincided with the intensified anti-terrorist fighting along …

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