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What Is Missing in the General Approach to the Syrian Crisis

What Is Missing in the General Approach to the Syrian Crisis

In the fight against ISIL, it is obvious that the general strategy outlined by President Barack Obama–when it comes to Syria–is based on dividing the job into two phases. The first is to degrade and roll back the terrorist group. ...

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The Known Unknowns in the Internal Threat to Jordan

The Known Unknowns in the Internal Threat to Jordan

It is almost universally known that there is a relatively powerful Salafi Jihadi movement in Jordan. But what is unknown is, if and when this movement will move against King Abdullah II. Last August, Jordanian security forces cracked down on ...

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The `Russian Factor’ in the War against the Islamic State

The `Russian Factor’ in the War against the Islamic State

After the failure of the Geneva II efforts at achieving a political solution to the Syrian civil war and the growing tensions between Washington and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, the Russian role in the ongoing war on the Islamic ...

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Erdogan Plots the `Palestinization’ of the Kurds

Erdogan Plots the `Palestinization’ of the Kurds

The Turkish government of President Recep Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has allied with the Islamic State (IS) against the Syrian Kurds in the battle for the crucial town of Kobani, defying pressure from the United States. When General ...

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