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Turkish-Kurdish war or Daesh civil war?

Andrew Korybko   A superficial reading of “Operation Olive Branch” indicates that it’s a Turkish-Kurdish war, but the details of who’s fighting make it look a lot more like a Daesh civil war in its opening stages, and that’s exactly what both Ankara and the YPG originally intended. …

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What are the likely scenarios for the Middle East for the coming years?

Shehab Al Makahleh There is growing interest in knowing the future of the Middle East with the emergence of new crises that may ravage the entire region. There is no global peace and prosperity without the stability and security of the Middle East. This cannot be achieved in …

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Hamza bin Laden likely groomed for a senior al-Qaeda role

Shehab Al-Makahleh Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, appeared in a video broadcast by al-Qaeda’s ‘al-Sahab’ media channel in which he criticized Saudi Arabia and its alliance with the United States. This video raises many questions about the timing, the motives and future developments, as Hamza …

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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 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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Turkey Stops Financing Syrian Dissidents Coalition

TEHRAN (FNA)- Officials in Ankara have reportedly halted their financial support for Syria’s National Coalition (Syria’s dissidents), an Arab media outlet disclosed. The Arabic-language Rai al-Youm quoted sources in the National Coalition disclosing that Turkey has not made its monthly payment of $320,000 to the dissidents. In the …

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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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