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As Tehran prepares to fight dirty, the Arab world must reach out to Baghdad

  • Qassim Soleimani cannot be a happy man right now. The commander of Iran’s Quds Force spent the last 15 years nurturing an assortment of Iraqi paramilitary forces. The outcome of the recent Iraqi elections risks seeing his efforts go up in smoke, hence his unseemly rush to Baghdad before results...
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Will a wounded Netanyahu pursue a Palestinian land-grab?

  • Poisonous snakes are most dangerous when cornered. We should thus pay very careful attention to Benjamin Netanyahu’s political maneuvering as he seeks to divert attention from his all-consuming corruption scandals. Indeed, he was in full warmongering mode at the Munich Security Conference earlier...
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Iran’s response to Trump’s tough talk? Now we know

  • Perhaps for the first time in his political career, the famously indecisive Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi is being portrayed as resolutely determined after he ordered Iraqi forces to secure Kirkuk and other areas held for three years by the Kurdish peshmerga....
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Hezbollah-Daesh deal has terrifying consequences

  • Last week saw one of the strangest battlefield exchange deals of recent times, with Daesh releasing several dead combatants — Lebanese soldiers, Hezbollah fighters and one Iranian — in exchange for busing 670 Daesh fighters and families from the Lebanese border zone to eastern Syria....
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Mosul — out of the frying pan, into the fire

  • Pity the citizens of Mosul, who have lived through three years of repressive Daesh rule only to experience similar levels of brutality by their supposed liberators. It is a bitter irony that news of Daesh’s defeat in Mosul emerges at the same time that organizations such as Human Rights Watch a...
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If Israel, Hezbollah emerge stronger from upcoming war, who loses?

  • Some catastrophes are simply a matter of time. This is almost certainly the case with a likely Israel-Hezbollah conflict. In their rhetoric, military posturing and strategic goals, both sides are committed to neutralizing the other. It could be six months or two years, but a confrontation is br...
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Yemen’s implosion endangers global trade

  • The Yemen war is often regarded as a remote, localized conflict in Saudi Arabia’s backyard. But US military strategists warn that developments in Yemen pose a geostrategic threat to world trade and the regional balance of power. For those concerned with global shipping, the Suez Canal and Bab...
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Iranian meddling in Bahrain: No longer in denial?

  • In the years after 2011, I grew accustomed to receiving a condescending grimace from Western officials when I asked about Iranian terrorism in Bahrain. Often this would earn me a lecture about “prisoners of conscience” and “rights to peaceful protest.” Despite Bahraini authorities’ efforts to...
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When laws become farce

  • In the same way that tin-pot dictatorships used to wreak havoc by nationalizing their economies overnight or suddenly rewriting constitutions, President Donald Trump’s ill-considered executive orders make the US look like a basket-case Third World nation. It is difficult to think of other new...
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They rejected a peaceful solution for Palestine. What are the alternatives?

  • We are accustomed to peace conferences on Palestine that appear doomed before they even begin, yet the recent one in Paris took place in even more inauspicious circumstances than its predecessors. After decades of warnings that the window of opportunity for two states may be narrowing, perhaps...
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