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Syria’s future far from certain despite Daesh’s defeat

  •   Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take a celebratory selfie after the defeat of Daesh in Baghouz. (AFP) The month of March has seen a number of developments that will have a lasting impact on Syrian affairs.  Early in the month, Russia and Turkey entered into a new...
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Iraq hopes to give peace a chance

  • Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani at a joint press conference at the Presidential palace in Baghdad. (AFP) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Iraq this week — his first visit as head of state to his country’s neighbor. There have been seve...
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International players jockey for position as Daesh defeat nears

  • Smoke billows after shelling on Daesh’s last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province. (AFP) As the month that will see the conflict in Syria enters its eighth year began on Friday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the start of its “final assault” on the...
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How the Adana pact could reshape Syrian conflict

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went to Moscow late last month with high hopes. He sought President Vladimir Putin’s backing for a Turkish assault on the Kurds east of the Euphrates, the setting up of a “safe zone” stretching 32 kilometers into northern Syria, and the takeover of the ...
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Turkish opportunism in Idlib frustrating Astana partners

  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. (AFP) The heads of state of the three nations pursuing the Astana peace process — Russia, Turkey and Iran — held their 11th summit late last month. The meeting lasted just one day, with a joint state...
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Palermo conference tries to tame Libyan factions

  • Italy provided the latest platform to address the divisions that have wracked Libya for nearly eight years. Groups bitterly feuding at home came together in Palermo on Nov. 12-13, accompanied by their regional sponsors and representatives of Western countries with an interest in Libya’s securit...
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Will Al-Sistani step in to break Iraq’s political deadlock?

  • Iraq’s new Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi took the oath of office last month along with 14 ministers of a Cabinet that needs 22 members. This marked the culmination of a month-long process of political uncertainty, turbulence and deal-making since he was named prime minister by newly appointed...
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Turkey given more time as Idlib lull extended

  • UN humanitarian adviser for Syria Jan Egeland last Thursday announced that Russia and Turkey had agreed to give more time for the implementation of their agreement at Sochi last month to clear a buffer zone in Idlib province of extremist fighters and all heavy weaponry. The original deadline wa...
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Complex Idlib scenario highlights need for urgent Syria settlement

  • At this month’s Tehran summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly differed about the next steps relating to Syria’s Idlib. While Erdogan wanted more time to pursue a peace settlement with the militants based there, Putin curtly rejected this opt...
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Tehran summit prepares path for war in Idlib

  • The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran, the co-sponsors of the Astana peace process for Syria, met in Tehran on Friday for their third summit. The leaders had one specific item on their agenda: The fight to liberate Idlib from extremists from Jabhat Al-Nusra and bring this province, the last ba...
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