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Russian Defense Minister Arrives In Tel Aviv As Israel Strikes Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman explained to visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu Israel’s red lines in Syria.
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Raqqa Win Pulls US Deeper Into Syria Conflict
The fall of the Islamic State capital could put the US military on a collision course with Assad.
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Turkey's Return Riles Syria: It's 'Blatant Aggression'
Turkey's army has entered Syrian territory ostensibly to implement and ensure a de-escalation zone near Idlib, but some wonder what else the military might have in mind.
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Turkey Claims 'No Need' For US, EU As Western Ties Deteriorate
After a week of sparring with the United States, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused European allies of undermining Turkey and dared them to walk away from EU membership talks.
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IRGC's Popularity Gets 'Trump Bump'
After US President Donald Trump's speech, Iranians tweeted in support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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Turkish Deployment May Redraw Battle Lines In Syria's Idlib
The Turkish military deployment in Idlib has a direct impact on armed factions in the region, some of which have already accused Turkey of implementing Russia’s plans.
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Trump Speech Sparks Outrage In Iran
US President Donald Trump’s speech on his new Iran strategy angered both Iranian officials and regular citizens.
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Turkish Telecom Giant May End Up In Government Hands Again
The 2005 privatization of Turkish telecommunication company Turk Telekom, the largest in Turkey’s history, may go to waste as the majority stakeholders are struggling to repay loans.
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US Diplomats Cast Doubt On America’s Ability To Constrain Iran
With the Donald Trump administration poised to announce a more confrontational stance, career diplomats fear it could be too late to contend with a rising Tehran.
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Huntsman Heads To Russia To Tackle Mideast, China
New US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., a seasoned diplomat and no close friend of President Donald Trump, has his work cut out for him.
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Israel’s Labor Party loses Knesset stars
With Labor’s new chair Avi Gabbay controlling the party institutions, Knesset members Manuel Trajtenberg and Erel Margalit have decided to resign from their posts.
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Turkmens Unite Against Kurdish Designs on Kirkuk
Iraq's Turkmens hope opposition to the recent Kurdish independence referendum will help them strengthen their political presence and keep the Kurds from annexing Kirkuk.
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Egypt Moves Toward Criminalizing Child Marriage
Many parents in rural Egypt feel no obligation to educate their daughters and instead seek to marry them off early; rights advocates want to put an end to the harmful tradition.
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US Missile Defense Sale To Saudis Seen As Effort To Thwart Russia
The Donald Trump administration OK’d a $15 billion sale of anti-missile technology to Saudi Arabia after Riyadh moved to buy a rival Russian system.
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Turkey, US Keep Finding Ways to Vex Each Other
Amid allegations and at least one arrest, a series of retaliatory moves between Turkey and the United States affected Turkey's currency and raised concern about the countries' relations.
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Saudis Could Seek Russian Bailout in Yemen
Saudi Arabia is eager to put an end to the Yemeni conflict, and Russian mediation is looking like its best option.
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Can Israel Live With Lebanon-inspired Palestinian State?
Israel fears that a Palestinian unity government would actually allow Hamas to preserve its armed forces.
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Turkey Lays out Plans for Iraq's Kurds After Independence Vote
Turkey is considering a new border crossing to Iraq designed to avoid the Kurdistan Regional Government, but the terrain of the proposed route is controlled by Kurds.
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After Two Years in Syria, What’s Next for Russia?
Russia and the United States are curious about each other's long-term goals in Syria, and each believes the other has something up its sleeve.
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Congress Takes Aim at Lebanese Politicians With Hezbollah Bill
The US House of Representatives is expected to vote this month on legislation requiring the president to publicly report on Hezbollah allies’ net worth.
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Kurdish Referendum Tests Iran-Turkey-Russia Axis
The warming of ties between Iran and Turkey, driven by their alarm over the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, has the prospect of paving the way for the reshaping of the regional order.
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Challenges Still Stalk Syrian Peace Efforts
Despite the apparent progress in peace talks, there's still a lot of maneuvering going on in Syria — on the ground and among the many parties involved.
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Iran’s Pressure on Kurds Could Backfire
Having spent major energy on trying to prevent the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran should be cautious about its next step toward Erbil.
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Gazans Have the Hots for Chili Peppers
Peppers — pickled, roasted, stuffed or mashed — make up an essential part of cuisine in Gaza, and for prideful Palestinians in the Strip, the hotter the better.
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