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America’s Disgraceful Escape from Afghanistan

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US President Joe Biden solemnly and rather bluntly announced that he would withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. More than three thousand people of different nationalities were killed in these attacks, committed by the terrorist organization al-Qaeda (banned in Russia), led…

The Iranian Nuclear Program and the Current International Agenda

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Iran began enriching 60 percent uranium at its plant in Natanz a few days after the explosion that occurred at the facility – something for which Tehran legitimately laid the blame on Israel. “Our response to the anger of our enemies,” stressed President Hassan Rouhani, “is to replace the damaged centrifuges with more advanced ones…

Jordan: Trouble in the Kingdom?

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A number of Arab media outlets were quick to write that a “highly sophisticated conspiracy” aimed at destabilizing the rule of Jordanian King Abdullah II was most likely thwarted. International and regional concerns about developments in Jordan appeared to have ended after the royal reconciliation ended with the former crown prince swearing allegiance to the king…

Iraq: Things are not Entirely Peaceful in Baghdad

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Last month, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi convened a conference that he said would give people hope in the “turbulent” political system that emerged following the 2003 US invasion and overthrow of former President Saddam Hussein. “We call on all political forces and parties to defend the interests of the country, avoid discussions of violence, and stop political defamation…

The Persian Gulf and Erdogan’s Agenda

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Judging by the reaction of the Arab media, the fuss about restoring cordial relations between Turkey and the Persian Gulf countries is gradually subsiding. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed “regret” that Saudi transport planes and six F-15 fighter jets were sent to Crete to participate in a joint exercise with the Greek Air Force. This comes days…

Israel: The Latest Election Ends in Stalemate

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The outcomes of the legislative election held on March 23 showed that there was an even worse political gridlock in Israel than before, as a clear winner who could have put an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule failed to emerge after the fourth election in two years. According to the latest available data, the right-wing bloc backing the current Prime Minister and leader of Likud…

Washington’s Dilemma in Afghanistan

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The Afghan government gladly welcomed a call to cease military operations and to strive towards peace in Afghanistan at the recent talks in Russia.  At the March 19 conference in Moscow, participants in the intra-Afghan negotiations were urged to remain committed to the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2513 “aimed at securing a durable peace settlement…

Plans for Middle East and Joe Biden’s Actions

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US President Joe Biden has finally spoken to employees of the Department of State about his foreign policy plans emphasizing the need for a more diplomatic approach and friendlier ties with the rest of the world. He appealed to their emotions by declaring that his administration would try to return the US to a “position of trusted leadership” and urged his audience to reflect…

Egypt-Sudan: Strategic Cooperation

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The just-concluded visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Sudan and the positive outcome of his talks with the top leaders of the neighboring country have created a new solid political-military situation in North Africa. Unlike the West, who solve various disagreements and disputes in the foreign arena only through threats, sanctions of various kinds, the construction…

Yemen in its Fight against Saudi Aggressors

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The Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the forces targeted the Saudi soil with 15 UAVs and a ballistic missile on the last day of February. In a press conference, Saree provided details about the Yemeni Armed Forces’ attack on Saudi soil – “Fifth Operation of Balanced Deterrence”:  “Sensitive positions and places in Riyadh…

Saudi Arabian-American Information Storm

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It appears that another scandal is brewing between Washington and Riyadh in which President Joe Biden wants to demonstrate his superiority over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. The fact is that in late February, the US National Intelligence Agency published a report claiming that the operation, which resulted in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi…

Iran and the US: are Talks Even Possible?

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The new Washington administration is open for negotiations with Tehran, but is not ready to either take any additional steps during the run-up to these potential contacts, or to fulfill any requirements put forth by Iran, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a scheduled briefing for reporters. She gave a reminder that the US government had previously signaled…


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