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Iraq struggles with its Daesh legacy

  • A UN team that had, over the previous two and a half years, investigated Daesh’s atrocities against Iraq’s Yazidi community and other crimes this month submitted its report to the UN Security Council. The head of the team, British lawyer Karim Khan, told the council that the terror group had in...
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Russia and China are reshaping Eurasia as the center of a new global order

  • Last year, as the world reeled from the ravages of the pandemic, it saw the consolidation of a strategic alignment that has made Russia and China partners in an ambitious enterprise: The reshaping of Eurasia at the heart of a new world order. Believing that Western powers are intent on weakeni...
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Elections do not reflect Palestinian aspirations

  • On Jan. 15, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that elections to the 132-member Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) would be held May 22, presidential elections on July 31, and elections to the 351-member Palestinian National Council on Aug. 31. These will be the first elections fo...
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Iraq appears resilient despite major challenges

  • Over the last month, Iraq’s fragile security order has been severely tested by bombings and rocket attacks in three major cities. On Jan. 21, two suicide bomb explosions in Baghdad killed 32 people and injured about 110 others. This was the first major attack in the capital since bombings in J...
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Rival parties assert claims as Biden mulls Syria policy

  • When Donald Trump left the White House, America’s policies in Syria were a shambles: The US had betrayed the Kurds by allowing Turkey to send its troops to disrupt their homeland at the Syria-Turkey border; despite repeated Israeli air attacks, Iran remained a solid bulwark supporting the Assad...
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Syria’s dance of death leaves peace prospects gloomy

  • The 45-member “small group” of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, made up of government, opposition and civil society representatives, met in Geneva under UN auspices last week to discuss the “basic principles” of the new Syrian constitution. Afterwards, all that UN special envoy for Syria Ge...
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Parlous finances top Iraq’s list of troubles

  • Saudi Governor of the Northern Borders Region Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan at the opening of the Arar border crossing, Nov. 18, 2020. (Reuters) Early last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi completed six months in office. Ushered in as head of government with c...
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‘New Algeria’ faces domestic and regional challenges

  • Newly elected president Abdelmadjid Tebboune talks to the press during a news conference, in Algiers, Algeria, December 13, 2019. (Reuters) The disenchantment of Algerians with the new constitution promised by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was apparent in the low turnout in the ...
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Libya initiates a fresh peace process, but serious obstacles remain

  • UNSMIL deputy head Stephanie Williams at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, Tunis, Tunisia, Nov. 9, 2020. (Reuters) On Nov. 9, Libya’s rival factions met in Tunis, under the umbrella of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, to end the nine-year civil conflict in the country...
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Syria braces for war but peace may be given a chance

  • Two events over the last two weeks suggest that Syria could soon be seeing either a two-front war or, surprisingly, the prospect of peace. On Oct. 20, Turkey removed its troops from the Morek observation post in northern Idlib. In a separate development on Oct. 26, Russia launched a massive ai...
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