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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...

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...

What did the US-led Coalition decide: Defeat Islamic State or Raqqa?

Sophie Mangal | The ancient mud brick walls circling Raqqa’s deserted old city are almost the only structure still intact. Inside, shops and homes spill...

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...

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...

Ideological foundations and organizational structure of Islamic State

Nauman Sadiq | The fight against the much-dreaded ISIS is on with varying degrees of resolving and success.It becomes important to trace the ideological antecedents...

The three-way tug of war in Syria: Who are the important...

Nauman Sadiq | In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: the Syrian...

Iran sits pretty as the Qatar crisis continues to loom

News Analysis | The Qatar saga continues to frustrate peaceniks. For many, this rift between Arab countries is Iran’s hit. As the crisis remains unresolved,...

Increased intervention in Syria: How many targets is the US eyeing?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The shooting down of a Syrian SU-22 warplane by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet to the south of the city of...

Syria’s Al-Qaeda not on US’ terror watch-lists: Who is supporting terrorism?

Nauman Sadiq | According to a recent report by CBC Canada, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as Al-Nusra Front and then Jabhat...

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...

The capture of Tora Bora by Daesh: How will it affect...

News Analysis | Islamic State militants, under pressure from Afghan and U.S. forces, have seized a new stronghold in Tora Bora, a mountainous area dotted...

ISIS leader Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi killed: Who will be his successor?

Nauman Sadiq | The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed that according to information, which is being checked through various channels, the Islamic State’s leader Abu-Bakr...

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...

The Kurds Are Ethnically Cleansing Arabs From Raqqa, And The World...

Andrew Korybko | The global media -- to their credit – are focusing on the brutality of the US-backed Raqqa campaign, though they’re avoiding any serious...

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...

US intrusion in Syria: Killing government forces in the name of...

Daniel McAdams | The United States has carried out strikes against the Syrian forces. Two such strikes were carried out last week as the Syrian...

ISIS being pushed back in Syria: Is the end of the...

Sophie Mangal | Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues the offensive from eastern Homs to the city of Deir ez-Zor. According to the military correspondents of...

Will American plan to increase troops in Middle East & Afghanistan...

Dr. Ron Paul | By the end of this month, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor HR McMaster will deliver to President Trump...

Tide has turned dramatically against ISIS on almost every front

Alexander Mercouris | The tide has turned on ISIS on every front. Lets examine the cities which they had a stranglehold over and what's happened...

Turkey picks up quarrel with Iran over Syria: to get back...

M.K. Bhadrakumar| Turkey has decided to pick up a quarrel with Iran. It all began with President Recep Erdogan’s sudden outburst on February 14 in...

Airstrikes by Russia Buttress Turkey in Battle vs. ISIS

MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT WASHINGTON — Russian warplanes have carried out airstrikes to support Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria against the Islamic State,...

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News Desk | On Friday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi approved the decision to send Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia under a longstanding defense cooperation between...

PadMan’s director upset that Pakistan not showing movie

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News Desk | On Wednesday, Feminist and Hollywood actress Emma Watson stood in support of the new guidelines developed to tackle harassment and bullying in...

Is PTI facing an existential crisis?

News Desk | Senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Fauzia Kasuri claims that her party, PTI, is facing an existential threat. She said this while addressing...

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