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Osama Al-Sharif

Osama Al-Sharif is a journalist and political commentator based in Amman.
 
Twitter: @plato010

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Idlib offensive a high-stakes risk for Erdogan

Turkey is about to sink deeper into the Syrian quagmire as it launches a risky campaign to take over the rebellious northwestern province of Idlib — a hotbed for radical fighters and a momentary refuge for tens of thousands of hapless civilians, many of whom fled when Aleppo was finally and bruta

October 11, 2017

King Salman’s visit to Russia underlines Saudi pragmatism

A bit of history will be made this week, when King Salman arrives in Moscow on a four-day official visit — the first by a Saudi monarch in almost a century of diplomatic relations.

October 03, 2017

The real reason Netanyahu supports a Kurdish state

Amid tensions around next Monday’s proposed independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Israel’s support for a Kurdish state added a dangerous twist to an already volatile situation.

September 19, 2017

What that airstrike in Hama means (and what it does not)

An Israeli airstrike last Thursday near Hama in western Syria was the biggest since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. The Assad regime says the target was a scientific research facility. Israel says it was a missile production plant used by Iran to develop chemical weapons for Hezbollah.

September 13, 2017

Russia is here to stay and it’s not all bad

In the past two years, Russia has become a key player in Middle East affairs. Syria has given it that opportunity at a time when the US is in the mid of a visible and deliberate recoil from a region that was historically a main stage of its foreign policy.

September 05, 2017

Why Jordan-Syria relations may improve soon

Jordan and Syria could soon be opening a new chapter in relations, following an indirect exchange of positive remarks by officials in both countries. Butheina Shaaban, special adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, last week said relations with Jordan are destined to improve. 

August 30, 2017

When opposites attract: Jordan and Turkey have much in common

The visit to Jordan this week by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signals a major improvement in relations between the two countries, who are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties this year.

August 22, 2017

Can Kushner revive stalled peace talks?

The visit to the region later this month by Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and other top aides in the Trump administration, reportedly to promote peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, should not raise anyone’s hopes for a potential breakthrough.

August 15, 2017