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Can the “Sons of Iraq” Be Recreated in Syria?

Can the “Sons of Iraq” Be Recreated in Syria?

Syria may turn into the theatre for reviving one of the most creative initiatives of the Iraq war—the “Sons of Iraq” or “Sahwa.”  But the ironic side of the current attempts to create a Syrian Sahwa is that the original ...

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Behind the French Power Play in Iran Talks

Behind the French Power Play in Iran Talks

As this issue of MEB goes to press, all six foreign ministers of the P5+1 have arrived in Geneva overnight to participate in talks with Iran on Saturday, November 23.  Secretary of State John Kerry flew in after a telephone ...

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The Road to Geneva II Starts with the Battle for Aleppo

The Road to Geneva II Starts with the Battle for Aleppo

The recent fight by the Syrian Free Army (FSA) against a combination of Al Assad forces, Iraqi Shia‘a militias and units of Hezbollah in Alkhalidia in the outskirts of Aleppo was testimony that the FSA will fight tooth and nail ...

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Rice Vs. Kerry — Splits in Obama National Security Team Go Public

Rice Vs. Kerry — Splits in Obama National Security Team Go Public

A longstanding split in President Obama’s second-term national security team has broken into the media through a series of carefully orchestrated leaks to Politico, the Daily Beast and the New York Times.  What Obama doesn’t know, according to sources close ...

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