• Analysis: What’s driving UAE show of will to defuse tensions with Iran?

    After a period of intense competition among regional powers in West Asia and North Africa, things seem to be moving to calm and de-escalation, where diplomacy finds chance to show up and play a role. Meanwhile, in a move apparently motivated by the new regional conditions, the UAE said it plans to engage in efforts to improve relations with Iran.

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  • Analysis: What’s sparking Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes on first war anniversary?

    Tensions resurfaced between Azerbaijan and Armenia this week on the first anniversary of a ceasefire between the neighbors following death of three Azerbaijani soldiers who were reportedly by killed a suicide attack at a checkpoint in Karabkah region. Yerevan and Baku accused each other of violating the November 9, 2020 peace deal that followed over a month of fierce clashes.

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  • Analysis - Iran-Turkey long-term cooperation roadmap: requirements, interests

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Iran in Monday for an official visit and meetings with Iranian officials. He met with his Iranian counterpart Hussein Amir-Abdullahian and also President Sayyed Ibrahim Raeisi. The visit to Tehran of the top Turkish diplomat came as over the past few years differences have been overshadowing the Iranian-Turkish relations.

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  • Analysis: Can Paris conference help Libya hold election, end crisis?

    Less than six weeks to the Libyan presidential election, Paris hosted a conference on Libya with the presence of many actors with interests and influence in the North African country. The conference is aimed at offering international support to continuation of political power transition and arrangement of election in due time.

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  • Analysis - Deadlock in Mossad: From field to cyber defeats

    On Tuesday, Israeli media reported that three senior Mossad officials responsible for agent recruitment, IT, and counterterrorism resigned over moves by new spy chief David Barnea. Some media sources also announced that more are planning to quit in the coming days in protest to the changes and closure of some Mossad divisions, opening of new divisions, and strengthening of some other divisions.

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  • Analysis: Along with Baghdad election crisis, an Inter-Kurdish competition over Presidency is brewing

    Along with the post-election crisis in central and southern Iraq, the Kurdish politics is scene to a confrontation between the two leading parties. Although in northern Iraq claims about election fraud are not made very seriously, the victorious parties are at loggerheads over distribution of posts and power in Baghdad, especially the seat of president which is a Kurdish share.

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  • Analysis - Ayatollah Al-Sistani’s new Fatwa range: Foiling thaw with Tel Aviv and Uniting Muslims

    The religious city of Najaf in Iraq on Monday started its day with a historic fatwa. Iraqi media, citing office of the top Iraqi Shiite cleric Sayed Ali al-Sistani, reported that Ayatollah al-Sistani called "haram", religiously forbidden, consumption of products of Israeli companies or companies supporting Israeli regime. The fatwa came as a response to an istifta, a question on religious matters.

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  • Analysis: Erdogan seeks high fly with Turkic council’s wings

    The idea to establish a council of Turkic-speaking countries was raised in Nakhchivan in 2009 by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev during meeting of leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. In October 2010, they signed the treaty for foundation of the organization during the 10th meeting in Istanbul.

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  • Analysis: Why US seeking to open consulate in Eastern Al-Quds?

    Although the US and the Israeli regime ostensibly have good relations, they have for a while publicized their differences and taken stances against each other. One example is the US plan to open a consulate in Al-Quds (Jerusalem). Secretary of State Antony Blinked in May said that Washington plans to open a consulate in Eastern al-Quds...

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  • Analysis: Will new US arms sales to Saudi Arabia tip scales in Riyadh’s favor?

    In the six years of the illegal war of the Saudi-led Arab coalition against Yemen, the arms sales to the aggression countries have been the driving force behind the continuation of the campaign and the Riyadh show of unwillingness to end its attacks on the civilians and infrastructure. Rights organizations and activists have been critical of the West’s hypocrisy ...

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  • Analysis: Lebanon a new setting for Bin Salman’s self-harm

    It was largely unthinkable that a leaked audio file of the past of the Lebanese Information Minister George Kurdahi about his stance on the Yemeni war and his praise of the Yemeni resistance to the Saudi-led would lead to sch a deep and wide crisis in the Riyadh-Beirut relations. The Saudis not only cut off economic and political ties with Lebanon and imposed a bilateral travel ban but also encouraged the UAE, Kuwait, and Bahrain to follow suit.

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  • Analysis: What’s point of US sanctions on Iranian drone program?

    While expulsion of the American forces from West Asia have been a key plan of the Axis of Resistance over the past two years and the once-large number of the US military bases has been on the decline with exit from Afghanistan and Iraq of the American forces, Washington announced new sanctions on organizations and figures assisting Iran’s drone program amid its push to reinstall the restrictions on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

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  • Analysis: What’s motivated Saudi-Lebanese diplomatic crisis?

    The political tension between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon that was triggered by remarks of the Lebanese Minister of Information George Kurdahi who questioned the legitimacy of the Saudi war against Yemen is now drifting to a diplomatic crisis with Riyadh recalling its ambassador from Beirut and expelling the Lebanese ambassador.

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  • Analysis: ISIS attacks and risks of sectarian war in Iraq

    After a several-month pause to its attacks in Iraq, ISIS once again made news headlines in the Arab country. Tuesday night, the terrorist group in an ambush attacked people from Al-Hawashah village near the town of Muqdadya in Diyala province, killing 13 and injuring more.

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  • An Analysis on Iraqi Parliamentary Election

    In a short period after the election, different analyses have been presented in the regional and international political and media circles. The common point of all these analyses which to some extent are in line with the American viewpoints concentrates on two issues...

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  • Analysis: Why Riyadh sending pro-normalization signals?

    While the Saudi decline to condemn the Israeli normalization with some Arab states prompted speculations about Riyadh plans to join it, more than a year after the deal the speculations have not materialized. However, recent symbolic measures showing that the Saudis interest to step in this path has considerably increased.

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  • Analysis: Egypt-Syria on way to rebuilding historical alliance

    As there are speculations about what Arab country will be next in line to restore its ties with the Syrian government amid Damascus transition to stability from the grand crisis and preparation to return to regional and international equations, the eyes are going to Egypt and its President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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  • Analysis - Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s Riyadh visit: goals, prospects

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Riyadh on Sunday to participate in Middle East Green Initiative. Accompanying the PM in the three-day visit, at the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was a high-ranking delegation that included the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi and a number of the cabinet ministers.

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  • Analysis: Drone attack on US Syria base changes balances, brings new rules

    A US military base in southeastern Syria was attacked by a drone on Wednesday evening, according to media reports. The explosion at the base caused significant casualties, further reports said, though the US Central Command (CENCOM) said it had no information. No group has so far claimed direct responsibility for the attacks, but the Syrian resistance, who oppose the American occupation, has certainly been behind the attack.

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  • Analysis - Iraqi election dispute: Three possible alliance scenarios

    A week after surprising parliamentary election results were announced and proved confusing and divisive to the political parties and leaders who were supposed to start the consultations to form a new government, the groups protesting the “manipulated” results are united under Shiite Coordination Framework (SCF) to make their voice stronger...

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  • Analysis: EU gave Erdogan’s accession hope a kill shot

    The story of Turkey’s accession to the European Union after decades of talks and ups and down is quite like the Myth of Sisyphus in the 1942 philosophical essay about absurdity by the prominent author Albert Camus. Every time the puzzle of the Turkish membership looks close to completion, all of sudden, everything breaks down and efforts collapse.

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