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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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Trump’s Historic Visit to Saudi Arabia Sparks Fears of More Wars in the Middle East

Will Trump dismantle Obama’s agenda in the Middle East? By Shehab Al Makahleh • The US president Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh this Friday in his first foreign trip which also includes visits to Israel, the Vatican and the NATO summit in Brussels few …

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