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Conflict as usual in Syria despite coronavirus

  • An explosion in an oil tanker, ignited by a grenade, last week killed about 40 people and injured nearly 50 in the Turkish-controlled border town of Afrin in northern Syria. Turkish officials blamed Kurdish militia the People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the carnage. A day earlier, Israeli ai...
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New Iraqi PM needs to reinvent himself to be successful

  • Iraqi PM-designate Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (Twitter Photo) Iraqi President Barham Salih this month made his third attempt this year to give his country a new government by nominating Mustafa Al-Kadhimi as prime minister. His predecessor, Adnan Al-Zurfi, had previously announced his f...
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Iraq’s feuding politicians impervious to emerging calamity

  • US soldiers stand guard before the handover of K-1 Air Base by US-led coalition forces to Iraqi security forces, in Kirkuk Governorate, Iraq, March 29, 2020. (Reuters) Two weeks ago, Iraqi President Barham Salih nominated Adnan Al-Zurfi as prime minister-designate and tasked him ...
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Erdogan determined to achieve goals in Syria despite setbacks

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Moscow, March 5, 2020. (Reuters) The last fortnight has been particularly trying for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At the end of February, his troops in the Idlib area were sub...
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Iraqi politics mired in chaos

  • Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi (2nd-L) arrives at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, March 1, 2020. (Reuters) On March 2, Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi announced his inability to form a government after a month-long effor...
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Turkish-Russian tensions over Syria about to come to a head

  • Turkey’s brinkmanship, which has characterized its diplomacy in Syria, has exhausted its value. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now has to decide on his crucial next steps: Accommodation with the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, or a war that could alienate Turkey from Moscow, its politic...
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Skepticism surrounds imminent US-Taliban peace deal

  • US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, center, during a roundtable discussion with Afghan media at the US Embassy in Kabul. (Reuters) US and Taliban sources last week announced that they had agreed on a truce. This entailed a seven-day “reduction in violence...
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Syria and Turkey may benefit from Idlib quagmire

  • Last Tuesday, Syrian forces took the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in Idlib province, thus bringing under government control the M5 highway that links Damascus with Aleppo. This capture marks a major success for Bashar Assad’s forces after several months of regaining territories lost to rebels. Idl...
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Rivalries mean Berlin deal on Libya could be stillborn

  • European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and U.N. Envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame attend the Libya summit in Berlin. (Reuters) A remarkable group of ...
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Iraq faces a bleak new year

  • The final days of 2019 were particularly traumatic for Iraq. On Dec. 29, the US launched airstrikes on three targets in Iraq and two in Syria linked with the Iran-affiliated militia Kataib Hezbollah, which is a part of the Shiite militia conglomerate, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). On De...
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