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Iran and Saudi Arabia in Back-Channel Talks

Iran and Saudi Arabia in Back-Channel Talks

In what could prove to be the most dramatic development in Gulf relations in years, Iran’s former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has initiated back channel talks directly with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, in an effort to bring about an ...

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Opposition Prepares for the Battle of Damascus

Opposition Prepares for the Battle of Damascus

Both politically and militarily, the Syrian opposition can be described as in an improved position. Armed Syrian opposition took control of the town of Yabrud in Syria’s southwest just across the border with Lebanon after a major battle with Hezbollah ...

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Saudi, UAE and Bahrain Move to Preempt Doha’s Offensive

Saudi, UAE and Bahrain Move to Preempt Doha’s Offensive

The issue of Egypt was the main reason behind the decision of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar. The last minute attempts by both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to convince the Qataris to ...

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Netanyahu’s Real Objectives in Washington

Netanyahu’s Real Objectives in Washington

Israel’s Prime Minister came to Washington last week with two objectives: destroy the ongoing talks between the P5+1 and Iran, and prepare the groundwork for getting away with the annexation of Jerusalem. Hardliner factions in Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition are now ...

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