Middle East

US ‘Airstrike Diplomacy’ Continues in Syria-Iraq

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On June 27, 2021 the US carried out additional strikes against targets along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The attacks were condemned by both the Syrian and Iraqi governments and represent not only a dangerous escalation by American military aggression in the region, but the continuation of US aggression in the Middle East spanning two decades regardless of who…

A Change in Washington’s Approach to the Middle East?

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The generally reliable Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed but knowledgeable source, has reported that Joe Biden’s administration is considering “sharply reducing the number of US anti-missile systems in the Middle East in a major realignment of its military footprint there”. Many politicians, both in the Persian Gulf region and in the US, responded by playing down…

The Unrest in Jordan

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Over the past month, anti-government protests have not eased off in Jordan, which arose against the backdrop of a surge in pro-Palestinian sentiment in the Kingdom. The reason was the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip during the last escalation of the conflict. As a result, on May 14, about 2,000 Jordanian demonstrators organized a march of solidarity towards the Israeli border and tried…

How Moral Weakness Doomed US Middle East Standing

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As June 2021 comes to a close, the US just finished bombing militia units, part of the Iraqi government’s military forces, along its border with Syria. The US mission against these forces deployed against a resurgent ISIS (banned in Russia) is, supposedly, in response to attacks on US forces in Iraq. US forces in Iraq serve in that country without authorization, are in fact…

Brokering Peace in Yemen – Fight for Marib will Dictate Nation’s Future

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Yemen’s oil rich province of Marib is once again centre stage to a raging battle for control, pitting Yemen’s internationally recognised government (backed by the Saudi war coalition and its local allies) to Ansarallah (aka the Houthis), a movement born in the Highlands of the northern province of Sa’ada that operates under…

Tensions Escalate around Israel due to the Ongoing Dispute over the Golan Heights

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The announcement by a US State Department spokesman, prompted by the American Washington Free Beacon information portal, that under the leadership of Joe Biden, the American authorities will be more cautious than under Trump, and shall tackle the issue of land ownership in the Golan Heights, once again stirred up the military-political…

Has the Muslim Brotherhood Allowed Turkey to Expand its Foothold in Libya?

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It is common knowledge that in recent years, Libya has become a camp of sorts where units of practically all leading terrorist organizations are stationed. And each of them wants its share of influence in this country. One of the key destabilizing elements is the presence of members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement…

Thoughts on the Future Relations between the US and Israel

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It will probably not come as a surprise to anyone that, following the change of administration in the White House, relations between the US and Israel have taken a turn for the worse. Similarly, it  is no secret that this factor greatly contributed to political downfall of Benjamin Netanyahu, who the Israelis felt had been in power for long…

Iran: Results of the Presidential Election

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Ebrahim Raisi, Chairman of the Supreme Court, won 17.8 million votes in Iran’s 13th presidential election, which took place on June 18, Jamal Orf, Chairman of the Election Commission, announced. The other three candidates standing for election received considerably fewer votes. But it was even before the official announcement of the results that other leaders…

A Continuation of the Libyan Political Dialogue

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called on participants in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) to hold an in-person meeting in Switzerland from June 28 to July 1 to “develop proposals on how to hold the national elections in Libya, especially in regard to the constitutional platform for the upcoming voting”. Right before this meeting…

Saudia’s Economic Transformation Eyes Riyadh’s Regional Dominance

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With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’ already in full motion, it has become increasingly clear that the purpose of this massive and multi-billion dollar economic transformation plan is not just to transform and diversify Saudia’s oil-dependent economy; rather a cardinal objective of this plan is to restore Saudia Arabia’s central position within…

An Israeli Court Starts Hearing Evidence against Netanyahu

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For the first time in 12 years, Israel has a new prime minister, marking the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign. Over his years in power, Netanyahu’s reputation has been greatly eroded: he is called the “minister of crime”, and is accused of mishandling the crisis caused by the coronavirus and the economic consequences that ensued. Late in the evening on June 12…


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