Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals

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Turkey’s Syria invasion following the US withdrawal of its troops means that all bets are now off in the Middle East. Smoke billows from targets in Tel Abyad, Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP By invading northern … Read More

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to send ‘millions’ of refugees to Europe if EU calls Syria offensive ‘invasion’

Turkish Army vehicles drive towards the Syrian border on Thursday CREDIT:  BULENT KILIC/AFP Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send “millions” of Syrian refugees to Europe in response to criticism of his military offensive into Kurdish-controlled northern Syria. Speaking to … Read More

Pentagon calls Russia as US announces Syria withdrawal

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper/ Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ©  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann;  Sputnik/Alexey Druzhinin US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu on Monday, as US President Donald Trump announced the US pullout from northeastern Syria. … Read More

Christians in northeast Syria fear Turkish invasion

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Turkey apparently wants to rout the Kurds across the border, but Syriac population is in the middle. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the dedication of a Syriac Orthodox church outside of Istanbul this past week. But is Erdoğan at the … Read More

Iran Declares War on the US’s Covert Influence in Iraq

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When US officials visited Baghdad and met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, they had two requests: first, to close all commerce and financial exchanges with Iran to strangle the Iranian economy and bring it to its knees. … Read More

U.S. Continues to Pressure Iran Regime

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The Trump administration is intent on pressuring Iran. President Trump announced last year that the United States would be exiting the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and he gave a long list of reasons why. This included Iran’s meddling in the … Read More

Report: ISIS continues to make ‘vast suns of money’

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The Islamic State (ISIS) still maintains large financial assets and a steady revenue stream even after losing 98 percent of its territory in Syria and Iraq, according to a report from Foreign Policy magazine published Wednesday. As noted in a report by Colin Clarke, … Read More

Militias’ Rule In Fourth Generation Warfare In Middle East Region: Dangerous Trend – Analysis

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Iran’s IRGC’s Naval special forces, S.N.S.F. Photo Credit: sayyed shahab-o- din vajedi, Wikipedia Commons. Militias sharing power with weak central governments has become a growing phenomenon in the Middle East, causing widespread alarm of state structure collapsing and chaos spreading … Read More

Islamic State makes a worrying comeback, just seven months after Baghdad declared ‘final victory’

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Small-scale attacks in remote areas raise fears of a new cycle of insurgency. The Islamic State is creeping back into parts of central Iraq just seven months after the government declared victory in the war against the group, embarking on … Read More