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Iraq holds first nationwide election since IS defeat

AFP | Iraq began voting Saturday in its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with the country hoping to shore...

US will withdraw troops from Syria ‘very soon’: Trump

News Analysis | “US would withdraw its troops from soon from Syria”, President Donald Trump said on March 29, 2018. The statement is not announcing...

A year after the fall of Aleppo, Syria’s Ghouta faces same...

News Analysis | Syrian Army troops are preparing for a “huge operation” in what was previously the rebel-held suburban country side of Eastern Ghouta. Rebels...

The Syrian quagmire: Bloody war continues

AFP | Syrian civilians in the last rebel-held pockets of besieged Eastern Ghouta have been urged to flee as Russia-backed regime forces storm into the...

Erdogan criticized West for not supporting Turkey’s offensive in Afrin

News Analysis | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted NATO for not supporting the military action which Turkey launched against Kurdish stronghold in Afrin region...

The Syrian quagmire

News Analysis | The world was horrified yet again by gruesome images of Syrian children being torn to shreds by indiscriminate shelling and international media seems...

Turkish female-only news site fights ‘terror propaganda’ ban

AFP | A news website in the Kurdish-majority Turkish city of Diyarbakir, staffed only by women, has been repeatedly shut down by the authorities over...

What’s the story behind Trump’s nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

AFP | Has Donald Trump really been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize? The Norwegian Nobel Institute said Wednesday it had filed a police report...

Iraq, Saudi face off in bout of football diplomacy

AFP | Iraq is hosting a football international against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the first time in almost four decades, in a friendly encounter...

Russia strongly denounces US policy in Syria as Pentagon continues military...

M K Bhadrakumar | A major speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday at an international conference on the Middle East turned into...

Asia’s dark underbelly: Conflicts threaten long-term stability and development

James M. Dorsey | A host of conflicts, stretching across the Asian landmass from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and northwest China, are likely...

US creates rift among Russia, Turkey and Iran

M K Bharakumar | Five days after Turkey summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to convey its concerns over the US’ continuing support for the Kurdish militia...

Is Middle East witnessing an end of civil wars and sectarian...

James M. Dorsey | Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and...

Will the U.S. withdraw its troops from Syria after ISIS is...

Sophie Mangal | According to Washington Post, the U.S. hopes to prolong its military presence in Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) areas in the north of...

Kurdish intentions to join Syrian Arab Army: secret deal against the US?

Sophie Mangal | According to Inside Syria Media Center military sources in Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Kurds will join the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as “Northern Syria...

The Wild Week In Mideast Geopolitics

Andrew Korybko | This past week was geopolitically very eventful for the Mideast, even by the region's dynamic standards, which shows that a new international...

Israel and al-Qaeda open up new front in Golan Heights to...

Adam Garrie | Syria’s total liberation of Deir ez-Zor city has been a short-lived victory as Israel and al-Qaeda opened up a new front in blitzkrieg-like...

Al-Britani: My friend-turned ISIS recruit in Raqqa

Murtaza Shibli | “Raqqa will never be the same”, claims Abu Adam Al-Britani in a 72-minute long tape that was issued late last month. He...

Will Russian S-400 missile defense system save Erdoğan from  another Western...

Stana Dubajic | By buying Russian S-400 air-defense missile system Turkey, erstwhile Western ally, second largest NATO member, and a bulwark against Soviet expansion in...

Why Israel is flexing muscles at Hezbollah

M K Bhadrakumar | The Israeli armed forces began on Tuesday a massive fortnight-long military exercise, billed as the biggest in the past 19 years, simulating a war...

Russia-Turkey-Iran triangle gains traction

M K Bhadrakumar |  The geopolitics of the Middle East is witnessing a tectonic shift with the emergence of a Turkish-Iranian axis that would have seemed...

The Kurdish Kaleidoscope

Andrew Korybko | The Kurdish “nation” is as diverse as the colors of a kaleidoscope and stands little chance at ever coming together into a unified...

Escalation of the Syrian conflict: Is the US hurting Syria more...

News Analysis | An American fighter jet on Sunday shot down a Syrian warplane that the US-led coalition said attacked its allies in the fight...

How America’s missile stop Syria’s dash for Deir az-Zor

Andrew Korybko | The US’ deployment of the HIMARS missile system to eastern Syria is designed to deter the Syrian Arab Army’s Dash for Deir az-Zor. Many...

Is there any Kurdish-Daesh-Saudi connection in Syria and Iran?

Andrew Korybko | There are technically several stories here which all merge into a single one about how the Kurds are connected to Daesh, but...

Qatar: Another reason for the rift between NATO allies?

Mehmet Ersoy | On Wednesday, June 7, the Turkish media wrote that Parliament voted to deploy 5,000 troops in the Turkish military base in Qatar...

What will happen to Turkey now that it has “democratically” elected...

Dr. Muhammad Ali Ehsan | Recep Tayyip Erdogan was already ruling Turkey under a state of emergency but with Sunday's YES majority (51.7%) vote, the...

Erdogan signals closeness to Russia

On Friday, the presidents of Russia and Turkey chaired the 6th meeting of the High-Level Russia-Turkey Cooperation Council and had a second, private meeting...

How Kurdish hopes became Turkey’s fears

The Kurdish issue is undoubtedly Turkey’s most complex problem, both domestically and regionally. The resumption of armed conflict in July 2015 after a two-year...

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