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The Washington-Ankara Rift Widens

The Washington-Ankara Rift Widens

During their recent meeting on the sidelines of the NATO heads of state summit in Wales, Turkey’s new President Recep Erdogan asked President Barack Obama to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the head of the powerful Gulen political movement back to Turkey ...

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Washington’s High-Risk Plan to Defeat the Islamic State

Washington’s High-Risk Plan to Defeat the Islamic State

The American Joint Chiefs of Staff has devised a comprehensive but high-risk plan to defeat the Islamic State (IS).   The plan will take several years, and will require what one Pentagon official described as, “strategic patience.” “There will be no ...

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What ISIL Is Doing Now Points to a Long War

What ISIL Is Doing Now Points to a Long War

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, and even Syria announced their opposition to the international campaign against ISIL and declared their support for the terrorist organization which established the Islamic State last June. While this will not ...

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The Role of Syria’s Civilians in Fighting ISIL

The Role of Syria’s Civilians in Fighting ISIL

What are the chances of forming a clear concept and an organizing principle that deals with the tough challenge represented by the Syrian situation in the context of confronting ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)?  The active debate ...

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