• Analysis;

    Iraqi Shiites’ "national stability" coalition: goals, nature

    Iraq has been in a state of political disunity and crisis, especially inside the Shiite and the Kurdish circles, since the October 2021 election, with the prime minister and president posts being the main sticking points. The situation is so complicated that it can well be called a political impasse.

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    No deal with Kurdistan Democratic Party: Barzani nominates new figure for Iraq Presidency

    After Iraqi Federal Court banned former foreign and finance minister Hoshyar Zebari from running for president on February 13, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) named a new candidate, Rebar Ahmad Khaled, for the president post in Baghdad. Naming this infamous figure for such an important post and his slim chance of success in rivalry against experienced candidates prompts speculations about picking him by the party leader Masoud Barzani.

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  • Analysis: How significant for federal court in Iraq to ban Zebari?

    Amid escalating tensions and a political crisis in Iraq, rulings issued by the Iraqi Federal Court in recent days have complicated the future of politics and governance in the country. As the country is facing legal vacuum because of the parliament failure to hold its sessions on February 7 and 8, the Federal Court in important decisions on Sunday extended Barham Salih presidency until a new president is elected and banned Hoshyar Zebari, a veteran Kurdish politician, from running for presidency.

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  • Analysis: What’s behind Mossad chief’s secret Turkey visit?

    Although the Israeli-Turkish relations have been at their lowest level due to recurrent tensions in recent years, they are going to improve with an expected visit to Ankara of the Israeli president. Over the past few days, reports said, an Israeli delegation including Mossad chief David Barnea, visited Turkey. The presence of the Israeli spy chief means security and intelligence negotiations and this raises questions about the goals of the trip.

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  • Analysis: US leaning to further Yemen war involvement

    While the seventh year of war on Yemen is reaching its end, the Saudi-led Arab coalition is stepping up its bombardment campaign, closing the door to prospects of end of the conflict in the near future. Meanwhile, as the international efforts to settle the crisis have run into an impasse, the slogans Biden made during his election campaign about the need for immediate end of war and end of support to the Arab aggression are losing their sense, with Washington sending out signals it is itself increasing its military involvement in Yemen in favor of the alliance forces.

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  • Analysis: Independence, missing of Arab States

    Along with the Axis of Resistance power gain in the Muslim world in recent years, one of the key strategies of the opposite axis, led by the US, to counter a growing resistance discourse has been use of media propaganda to prevent deepening influence of Iranian Islamic Revolution in other Muslims communities.

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    Yemen’s general people’s congress history: From opposition to revolution to alliance with Ansarullah

    Yemen is an important West Asian state which over the past three decades, specifically from the unification of the south and north in 1994, has had a history of many ups and downs in its developments. Meanwhile, the popular revolution of 2011 and the 2014 protests movement which witnessed rise of a powerful new player in the nation's politics marked a turning point in the country’s contemporary history and the calculus of power and security system in the Arabian Peninsula.

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  • Analysis: Normalization with Tel Aviv can foist a heavy political price on Erdogan

    On Wednesday, Israeli newspaper the Yedioth Ahronoth reported a visit to Turkey of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz in preparation for next month visit of the Israeli President Issac Herzog's visit to Ankara. His meeting with the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin comes as earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that the Israeli president would travel to Turkey in early February. Many political observers agree that as part of a de-escalation policy he has embarked on over the past months, Erdogan is normalizing with Tel Aviv.

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  • Analysis: What’s behind US elimination of ISIS leader?

    The US president Joe Biden in a statement on Friday published on the White House website talked about the death of the ISIS top leader, adding: "Last night, operating on my orders, United States military forces successfully removed a major terrorist threat to the world: the global leader of ISIS, known as Hajji Abdullah."

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  • Analysis: Turkish military presence in Iraq and likely scenarios

    While over the past years, the American occupation forces have been the key obsession of the Iraqis, the Turkish forces have been expanding their occupying military presence in the Arab country massively but quietly. This reality makes dealing with the Turkish occupation a national necessity for the Iraqi politicians and public after the US occupation is dealt with.

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    Islamic Revolution: What’s Iranian position regionally and globally after four decades?

    Iran is celebrating its Islamic Resolution's 43rd anniversary as during over four decades it was exposed to all kinds of pressures, threats, sanctions, wars, and media propaganda only to come out stronger. After all these years, the movement started by Iman Khomeini and people not only has not stopped but also the world now sees it pressing forward powerfully as an influential actor on the world stage.

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  • Analysis: How Tel Aviv playing the UAE with normalization?

    The Israeli President Issac Herzog arrived in Abu Dhabi on Saturday on an official visit to the UAE and was received by the Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The trip is important in political and timing terms. In political terms, this is the first-ever visit by an Israeli president to the UAE. The crossing of his plane from Saudi Arabian airspace makes the issue even of extreme significance.

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  • Analysis: How is crisis rocking Mossad?

    The commander of Mossad’s 'Caesarea' special operations division has reportedly quit due to "disagreements" with director David Barnea, seven months after the latter assumed the post from Yossi Cohen. This is the fourth Israeli spying apparatus's official to quit in a few months.

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  • Analysis: Are Russian-Israeli agreements in Syria expiring?

    With its hundreds of thousands of victims and grave consequences to the regional security and even international stability, the Syrian crisis is described as one of the world's most complicated crises in the 21st century. Intense geopolitical rivalry and involvement of regional and international actors are among the factors that have prolonged the devastating crisis in the past decade.

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  • Analysis: Iraq govt. formation process hostage to al-Sadr’s rancor against ex-PM al-Maliki

    In the latest comments, al-Sadr, who leads Sadrist Movement, reiterated his previous stances on the cabinet formation. In a televised speech, he openly opposed ex-PM Nour al-Maliki's participation in the new "national majority government." He held that he asked Hadi al-Amiri and Qais al-Khazali, leaders of two large blocs, to join the government but not al-Maliki

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