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Iran opens new front in Syria – with eye on Israel Ed Blanche reports from Beirut   Iranian-led forces, spearheaded by seasoned Hizbullah fighters (right) backed by Iraqi and Afghan Shiites, have launched an offensive in southern Syrian, along with … Continue reading

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US & IRAN: A dangerous fait accompli?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva

The U.S. looks set to present its allies with a dangerous fait accompli on Iran’s nuclear program. The joint statement by Secretary of State Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif that there will be no extension of the talks between the … Continue reading

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Divisions between Arab states impede the fight against ISIS

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 The diplomatic spat that emerged between Egypt and Qatar following this week’s Arab League meeting is only the latest example of the political incoherence among Arab states confronted by the common threat of the Islamic State. While Arab governments have … Continue reading

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Libya: beyond easy solutions

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On the international level, there’s more debate than action when it comes to managing the security threats emanating from the country. On 17 February Libya marked four years since the uprising that toppled Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and ignited the country’s … Continue reading

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Simmering Lebanon braces for jihadist offensive Ed Blanche reports from Beirut The Lebanese army took delivery of a $25m shipment of US weapons, including 70 M198 155mm howitzers and 26 million rounds of ammunition of various calibres, on 8 February … Continue reading

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Turmoil in Yemen – a challenge to Salman

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The increasing turmoil in Yemen is one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the new Saudi king, whose predecessor died on the same day that Yemen’s president and his entire cabinet resigned after Houthi rebels took over the presidential … Continue reading

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UAE re-enters the fray

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered a squadron of F-16 fighter jets to be deployed to Jordan to support the country’s airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), having earlier suspended its involvement. UAE’s official … Continue reading

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Cairo scapegoats Hamas over Sinai clashes

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Two days after large-scale, coordinated militant attacks in the Sinai killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers and police officers last week, a Cairo court listed Hamas’ armed wing as a terrorist group, writes Sharif Nashashibi. Given that the Palestinian faction … Continue reading

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Jordan launches attacks on ISIL

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Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets have bombed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets, the military said, pledging to keep up the attacks until the armed group is defeated. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (above) told CNN network … Continue reading

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ISIS overplays its hand

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From an article written by Benjamin Fishman, and published by The International Institute for Strategic Studies,  a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. 3 February was supposed to be a good day for Jordan. King Abdullah was … Continue reading

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