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Iran accusations to distract from Jerusalem, support Saudi ‘escalate to de-escalate strategy’ in Yemen

The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions, according to Reuters. While it is understandable that the US and …

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Will Iraq’s upcoming elections be dead on arrival?

Shehab Al-Makahleh On December 5, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, announced that provincial and parliamentary elections will be held on May 12, 2018; yet, many domestic events and regional developments would delay the elections as the Iraqi community is undergoing many societal and economic as well as …

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Will Yemen’s sectarian rift continue to widen?

Shehab Al Makahleh and Maria Al Makahleh (Dubovikova) Peace and stability in Yemen is likely to succeed only when all major players and the five permanent United Nations Security Council members take honest and true measures to end the bloodshed in this poor country, which pays the bill …

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Will the GCC Summit end the Quartet rift with Qatar?

Maria Al Makahleh (Dubovikova) Amidst many political and security developments in the Middle East region, the coming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit comes at a very critical time to discuss many thorny issues including the Palestinian questions, terrorism in the region, Iranian-Saudi brawl and the tiff with Qatar …

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China’s new role in Syria

Maria Dubovikova What is China’s incentive for a greater involvement in Syria? The new Chinese involvement in Syria would lead to a further competition between the Washington and Beijing. China will deploy troops in Syria as Beijing is very concerned about the amounting number of militants of Chinese-origin …

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The Future of Incirlik Air Base

Despite the sweltering Turkish summer, American pilots shopped for handsewn leather jackets at Pop’s Leather. Sitting on the edge of the NATO airbase at Incirlik, Pops is just one of many businesses that have for decades depended upon American clientele. Today, they receive nary a visitor says Shafak Acikgoz …

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If US shifts airbase to Jordan can China fill the void for Doha?

Shehab Al-Makahleh Will the US move its major airbase in Qatar (al-Udeid) to another in Jordan’s Azraq city and will China replace the US airbase in Doha? A report in the US military’s daily Stars and Stripes claims that the Pentagon wants to pump in $143 million into …

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The End of ISIS is in Sight. What is Next?

Given that the last strongholds for ISIS (known as Daesh in the region) in Raqaa, Syria and Mosul, Iraq have fallen, it is likely the group in its current territory-based form will gone by the end of 2017.  Only weeks ago, Daesh was allowed to leave central Syria before …

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US options in Syria – split between Kurdish and Turkish allies, and reality

According to reports by Kurdish media a source from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has revealed that thousands of military personnel of the US-led Global Coalition are present in Syrian Kurdistan and other northern regions of the country. “Nearly 4,000 troops and military advisors of the anti-Islamic State Global …

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