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Turkey continues to demand Assad’s removal

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Turkey’s prime minister has dismissed any attempt at ending the Syrian war that does not include the removal of the country’s President Bashar Assad. Ahmet Davutoglu (above) commented after the UN Security Council agreed on a draft text for a … Continue reading

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Oman looks East

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Oman’s foreign policy has recently been the subject of considerable analysis. As a country that harbours no hostility toward any government in the world and as the organizer and host of diplomatic talks between global adversaries, Oman has frequently been … Continue reading

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U.K. joins the Syrian debacle

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Britain has joined the war in Syria against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, which is already facing mounting domestic and international military pressure against territory and assets under its control. Britain began air strikes just a few hours after … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE. Airstrikes on Syria: In or Out? The UK decides. By Adel Darwish

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British Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal to extend airstrikes against the Islamic State Terror group ( or ISIL – Islamic State in Iraq and Levant ) from Iraq into Syria is expected to be passed by the House of Commons … Continue reading

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Putin orders sanctions on Turkey

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a series of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of Russian figher jet by Turkish forces earlier this week. A decree published on the Kremlin’s website came just hours after Turkey’s President Recep … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE ONLINE . . . LETTER FROM CAIRO

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When it rains it pours… By Maria Golia in Cairo On the rare occasions when it rains in Cairo, people come out on their balconies to watch. The showers are usually brief and localized; some parts of town get doused, … Continue reading

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Yemen conflict strengthens influence of Al Qaeda

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  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has a long established presence in Yemen and has exploited the political and security vacuum following the 2011 revolution to expand its territory in the east of the country, especially in Hadramawt province. … Continue reading

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Iran & Britain mend fences

(FILES) In a file picture taken on October 7, 2005 Iranian soldiers stand guard in front of the gate of British embassy in Tehran. Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced on June 17, 2014, as the West steps up its engagement with Tehran amid rapid jihadist advances in neighbouring Iraq. AFP PHOTO/ BEHROUZ MEHRI

The British embassy in Iran reopened on 23rd August, nearly four years after it closed following a demonstration against the tightening of sanctions. Mr Hammond is the first UK foreign secretary to visit Iran since 2003. He acknowledged that Britain … Continue reading

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Iran set to extend its influence in Iraq

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  In the uncertain aftermath of the Iran nuclear agreement, what happens next in Iraq will determine how events in the Middle East unfold, writes Ed Blanche The bet­ting is that Tehran will use its wind­fall billions from the lifting … Continue reading

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U.S. and Russia offer support to GCC states

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  The US and Russia have offered their support to Gulf Arab states as the region tries to come to terms with the escalating conflict in Syria, the threat from armed groups and the fallout of the nuclear deal with … Continue reading

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