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The End of ‘Assad Must Go’, Putin Welcomes Syrian President in Sochi

Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East Tom Luongo I’m not a terribly religious man.  But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War. From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through …

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Syria: Between the American anvil and the Russian hammer

Shehab Al-Makahleh It looks like that the international community has taken the final decision to put to an end the seven-year war in Syria with intensive conferences in the pipeline in November and December to reach a political settlement that secure the return of refugees to their homeland. …

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Expect further chill in US-Turkish relations

Commentary | Editor Experts say that US-Turkish relations are at their lowest since the 1974, when Congress imposed an arms embargo after Turkey invaded Cyprus, according to a recent CNBC article. Since botched coup last July relations between the US and Turkey have been in a downward spiral. …

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Saudi Brief: Middle East on a precipice of a new (greater) war

In anti-Iran televised rant, hours prior to resignation, Lebanese PM Hariri promised Iran’s hand (the Hezbollah) will be cut. In this war two parties will lose. Saudi Arabia and Israel. Lebanon is not left alone this time as the regional axis of Iran, Iraq, and Syria has been …

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Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

Shehab Al-Makahleh Russian recent initiative to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia has come as a surprise and has left many queries about what Moscow could do in order to bridge the gap between Tehran and Riyadh. The Middle East is in a process of a geopolitical makeover …

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Jordanian-Syrian parliamentary talks, a sign of rapprochement and a prelude to further breakthrough

Shehab Al Makahleh In a rare qualitative step since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, Jordanian Parliament Speaker Atif Al Tarawneh met with his Syrian counterpart Hamouda Al Sayegh in Saint Petersburg, where the 137th international parliamentary meeting is being held. Commenting on the Syrian conflict, Al Tarawneh …

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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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