Syria & Middle East

Is the Syrian war finally coming to an end?

News Analysis |Syria’s army has broken years-long Islamic State siege on the government enclave of Deir ez-Zor. ISIS has already lost more than half of...
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Syria must independently defeat terrorism

Sophie Mangal |Almost ten days have passed since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the allied forces managed to break the siege of Deir Ezzor city, which...
Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad has won the Syrian war

M K Bhadrakumar |The Syrian government forces have broken through the ISIS’ 3-year long siege of the air base in the eastern city of Dier...
Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha 2017: Glimpses from around the world

Eid-ul-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is the second most revered festival in the Muslim world, which is celebrated to mark the end of...
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Restoration of peaceful life in Syria

Sophie Mangal | According to the statements of local authorities, Zabadani resort town in Damascus province, which is located 25 kilometers from the Syrian capital,...
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Should anyone believe U.S. State Department promises on Syria?

Sophie Mangal | On August 18, during a regular briefing, the Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department Heather Nauert stated that the United States doesn’t intend...
UAE

UAE ambassador’s hacked mails: Was Qatar crisis a hoax?

James M. Dorsey |The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the...
Islamic

Where is Islamic State’s Caliphate now?

News Analysis |In mid-July 2016, the Iraqi government forces declared victory over the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in the hard-fought battle of Mosul. The...
Beijing

The Damascus-Beijing bond: An emerging alliance

News Analysis |The Syrian quagmire is attracting the attention of many players in the game. The conflict has further exacerbated crises in the volatile...
Qatar

The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing...

James M. Dorsey |A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a...
Saud

Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi Arabia engages with Iraqi...

James M. Dorsey |Saudi Arabia, with the Islamic State on the ropes in Iraq, is forging ties to Iraqi Shiite leaders and offering to...
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It is check and mate for Israel in Golan Heights

M K Bhadrakumar | Israel has suffered a big setback in the Syrian conflict with the deployment of Russian military police in the safe zone...
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Plot thickens in great game over post-ISIS Iraq and Syria

M K Bhadrakumar |The post-ISIS future of Iraq and Syria has been a topic of animated discussion among American think tankers, the assumption being...
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Bloodshed continues in Syria

News Analysis |A Syrian military unit was ambushed on Thursday by insurgent near the capital, Damascus, triggering a firefight that killed 28 government troops....
China

China takes a leap of faith in the Middle East

M K Bhadrakumar |Like a deer caught in the headlight on the median of the highway at night, South Block stands paralyzed as the...
refugee

Refugee or migrant? Sometimes the line is blurred

A dozen years before the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe’s shores would force policymakers to take heed, Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 docudrama In this World brought the...
realism

Trump shows realism toward Iran

M. K. Bhadrakumar |The United States’ regional strategies in the Middle East face multiple challenges and it needs strong nerves and robust realism not...
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The Damascus-Beijing bonding

News Analysis |The Syrian quagmire is attracting the attention of many players in the game. The conflict has further exacerbated crises in the volatile...
Gulf crisis

The Gulf crisis: A coming out of small states

James M. Dorsey|Buried in the Gulf crisis are two major developments likely to shape future international relations as well as power dynamics in the...
Petro-Islam

Petro-Islam: The Genesis of Islamic Radicalism and Jihadism

Nauman Sadiq |The phenomena of Islamic radicalism all over the world is directly linked to Islamic madrassahs (religious seminaries) that are generously funded by...
persian

Waiting for Nasser in the Persian Gulf

M. K. Bhadrakumar |Do not be surprised if Arab politics reminds you of Meryl Streep feuding with Dustin Hoffman in the 1979 American drama...
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US-Russia ceasefire deal on Syria holding – for now

M. K. Bhadrakumar |The ceasefire brokered between Russia, US and Jordan in southwestern Syria seems to be holding for the time being. The Russian President Vladimir...
Ceasefire

A Syrian “Ceasefire” for whom?

Andrew Korybko |The “ceasefire” agreed to by Presidents Putin and Trump following their first-ever face-to-face meeting last week at the G20 is meant to advance...
Iraq

Iraq: No end in sight

News Analysis |Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul to congratulate the army for driving the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)...
Pakistan

Myths on Pakistan’s role in Saudi-led military alliance

Jan Achakzai |Apparently, an organized social media campaign is in full swing against Pakistan's principled stance to join Saudi Arabia led security alliance. It...
terrorism

Terrorism as pretext for intervention in the energy-rich Middle East

Nauman Sadiq |In order to understand the hype surrounding the phenomena of Islamic radicalism and terrorism, we need to understand the prevailing global economic...
palestine

All the UAE’s men: Gulf crisis opens door to power shift...

James M. Dorsey |With attention in the Middle East focused on the Gulf crisis, the United Arab Emirates is elsewhere seeking to reshape the...
blues

Israel tackles Trump’s Syrian blues

M. K. Bhadrakumar |Government officials can be broadly put into two categories — those who take to bureaucratic skullduggery like fish to water and...
A tough choice to make

A tough choice to make

News Analysis |The recent conflict in the Middle East has created a real possibility for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. Kurds are...

Of oil,economy,and Israel:US stakes in Syria

Nauman Sadiq lWashington’s interest in the Syrian civil war is partly about ensuring Israel’s regional security and partly it is about doing the bidding...
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