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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’s expanding footprint in the Middle East

  • Over the last month or so, the shadow of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has loomed large across the Middle East. In March, he visited the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He was soon back in the region, visiting Egypt and Iran on April 12-13. Russia became a key player in the Middle East w...
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As US withdraws, new players to dominate Afghan scene

  • President Joe Biden this week publicly declared that all remaining US troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by Sept. 11 this year. This date recalls the 2001 assault on the US homeland and the distinct symbols of its power — financial, military and political — by Afghanistan-based extremist f...
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As the Syrian conflict completes 10 years, new diplomatic initiatives are taking shape

  • The 10-year commemoration of Syria’s bloody civil conflict in March has evoked expressions of anguish and some new diplomatic initiatives. Nearly half-a-million people have been killed and several million more displaced since the conflict started on March 15, 2011. The UN Secretary-General, A...
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Despite 10 years of murderous strife, it is ‘politics as usual’ in Syria

  • Ten years after an innocuous piece of graffiti scrawled on the walls of Deraa by some children led to fratricidal confrontations across Syria, the figures of death and destruction are mind-boggling as nearly half-a-million Syrians are now dead. Among the dead are 12,000 children and one out of...
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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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As the domestic challenges continue, the Iraqi PM attempts a regional outreach

  • Just as Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was trying to grapple with his country’s economic woes by implementing a 23 percent devaluation of the national currency on Dec. 19, the first since 2003, he received a rude reminder that the issues originating from the US assault on his country 1...
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