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The US withdrawal from Afghanistan and its implications

  • An Afghan man walks past a mural of Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 13, 2020. (Reuters) There were muted celebrations on Dec. 3 when news emerged from Doha that the Afghan government and the Taliban had at last agreed the terms of refe...
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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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Dangerous road ahead as Iraq gripped by militia violence

  • The HQ of the Kurdish Democratic Party burns during a protest by pro-Iranian militia and their supporters in Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo) This month marked the first anniversary of the popular demonstrations that last year swept Iraq, from Baghdad to Basra. Largely at...
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Syria’s calm before the storm

  • Turkish soldiers in Qaminas village, northwestern Syria, Feb. 10, 2020. (AFP) There appears to be a temporary lull on the military and political fronts in Syria, suggesting that the principal actors are using this period to prepare for the major battles to come. Idlib is at the ...
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US’ North African overture too little, too late

  • Tunisian Defense Minister Brahim Bartagi, right, with U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in Tunis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo) As US President Donald Trump’s first term nears its end, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has launched an extraordinary diplomatic odyssey. Las...
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Erdogan’s neo-Ottomanism a risky approach for Turkey

  • The heavy hand of Turkey’s political and military presence is being felt in many parts of the Middle East. In Syria, Turkish troops have launched four military intrusions across the 900 km border between the two countries since 2016 and are now firmly established in their neighbor’s north and n...
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Foreign cooperation vital to Libyan national reconciliation

  • GNA Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj. (Reuters) A combination of military stalemate and nationwide outbursts of popular anger have compelled Libya’s feuding leaders and their foreign patrons to consider fresh initiatives to address the country’s political and economic malaise. Fol...
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