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Baghdadi Is Dead, But Islamic State Lives On

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Baghdadi Is Dead, But Islamic State Lives On

Five years after announcing the formation of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of the Al Nuri Grand mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. Baghdadi, with a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, died of self-inflicted wounds on October 26 when […]

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Israel’s Cold Peace With Jordan

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Israel’s Cold Peace With Jordan

The 25th anniversary of the historic peace treaty between Israel and Jordan went unnoticed in both countries in a telling admission of their increasingly frosty relations. Implemented on October 26, 1994 in an upbeat ceremony in the Arava desert about a year after Israel and the Palestinians announced the Oslo accord, it was Israel’s second […]

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Israel Gripped By Political Paralysis

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Israel Gripped By Political Paralysis

Israel is wallowing in a state of political paralysis. For the past six months, in the wake of two inconclusive elections, the country has been adrift, bereft of a stable government. It’s a reflection of the deep divisions in Israeli society. The current situation began when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a […]

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Trump Has Undermined U.S. Credibility In The Mideast

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Trump Has Undermined U.S. Credibility In The Mideast

Donald Trump hailed it as “an incredible outcome,” alluding to the U.S.-sponsored ceasefire that appears to have ended the fighting between the Turkish army and the Syrian Kurds in a broad swath of northern Syria. Trump’s self-serving analysis of the truce, brokered by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip […]

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Israel-China Ties Raise U.S. Concerns

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Israel-China Ties Raise U.S. Concerns

Israel’s increasingly close economic ties with China, its third largest trading partner, pose a problem for its chief ally, the United States. The Trump administration, currently locked in a trade war with China, has warned Israel in recent months that its pivotal relationship with the United States could be adversely affected unless it scales back […]

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Turkey’s Invasion Of Syria Brings Chaos

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Turkey’s Invasion Of Syria Brings Chaos

President Donald Trump’s momentous decision to pull more U.S. forces out of Syria has unleashed a chaotic and confusing roller-coaster of events in the Middle East that could well be detrimental to American interests in the region. Trump, after phoning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, withdrew some 50 U.S. troops from outposts in […]

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Iran’s New Year Greeting To Israel

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Iran’s New Year Greeting To Israel

A top-level Iranian official conveyed a stark New Year’s greeting to Israel as Rosh Hashanah got underway. General Hossein Salami, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, declared that Iran now possesses the capability to eradicate Israel. “We have managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime,” he boasted. “This sinister regime […]

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Spouting Lies At The United Nations

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Spouting Lies At The United Nations

Two major Middle East leaders addressed the United Nations General Assembly this week and spouted a litany of lies. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey suggested that Israel has been deliberately grabbing land from the Palestinians and likened Israel’s policy on the Gaza Strip to the Nazi mistreatment of Jews during the Holocaust. President Hassan […]

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Trump And Iran: Bluster Vs. Caution

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Trump And Iran: Bluster Vs. Caution

Donald Trump’s bark seems worse than his bite. Having accused Iran of being behind a recent air attack that heavily damaged Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry, the U.S. president threatened military retaliation. He warned that the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond to the devastating September 14 drone and cruise missile assault on the […]

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Israel’s Election Could Bring Liberal Reforms

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Israel’s Election Could Bring Liberal Reforms

Israel’s second election in five months has opened the door to the prospect of a legislated program of liberal reforms that could nudge the country toward greater secularization and grant the disaffected Arab minority a far more tangible stake in Israeli society. With the September 17 general election having ended almost as inconclusively as the […]

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