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Showdown at Jarablous?

A Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division studies the perimeter before his guard duty April 26 at Fort Irwin, Calif. During low light hours, Soldiers wear night vision goggles to help them keep their area secure. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division/Released)

The Syrian border town of Jarablous could soon become a battleground and that battle could change the front-lines and the balance of power in territories outside the control of the government in northern Syria. Jarablous is controlled by the Islamic … Continue reading

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The ‘New Syrian Forces': A Failed U.S. Initiative

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The New Syrian Forces (NSF) is a Syrian armed group officially sanctioned by the United States and trained by the Pentagon. The NSF program was launched in May this year and the forces are a part of the Free Syrian … Continue reading

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Book review – Islam in America

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Islam in America By Jonathan Curiel Published by I B Tauris ISBN 978184855991 Price £12.99 paperback   Islam is a hidden ingredient in the melting pot of America. Though there are between two and eight million Muslims in the USA, Islam has … Continue reading

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GAZA: caught in the middle

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No one has yet claimed responsibility for recent  multiple bombings in Gaza that targeted cars belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials. However, the most likely suspect is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). A graffiti purportedly … Continue reading

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GCC rail network project edges forward

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The concept of a high speed rail network linking the countries of The Gulf Cooperation Council is not a new one. Yet, despite, all the evidence that such a project would make sound economic sense, some countries are still dragging … Continue reading

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Book review – Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East

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Churchill and the Islamic World Orientalism,Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East by Warren Dockter published by I B Tauris ISBN 9781780768182 Price £25.00 hardback   Winston Churchill began his career as a junior officer and war correspondent in the North … Continue reading

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IRAN: Zarif’s popularity soars with nuclear deal

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Nearly 20 months of intense negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have finally resulted in a historic agreement to reduce Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranians watched the … Continue reading

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Kurdish militants threaten Turkish dam sites

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Kurdish militants have threatened to  attack Turkey’s dam construction sites in the mainly Kurdish southeast, in a recent statement.  The threat is another blow to a fragile peace process meant to end a three-decade insurgency. The Union of Kurdistan Communities … Continue reading

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Book review – Bitter Almonds

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Bitter Almonds by Lilas Taha published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation ISBN 9789927118005 Price £16.99 hardback Omar is an orphaned Palestinian born into chaos and driven by forces beyond his control to find his place in the world. He has only … Continue reading

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Book review – Arab occidentalism

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Arab occidentalism Images of America in the Middle East By Eid Mohamed Published by I B Tauris ISBN 9781780769587 price £62.00 hardback When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, his foreign policy was at first seen to be the antithesis … Continue reading

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