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Ending Iran’s Sanctions: Impact on Tehran, Baghdad and Syria

Ending Iran’s Sanctions: Impact on Tehran, Baghdad and Syria

To be able to assess the impact of lifting Iran’s sanctions, it may be helpful to examine the relevant regional context on the implementation day. Three particular areas deserve to be examined. One relates to the impact of lifting sanctions ...

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Washington Recalibrates anti-ISIL War: Plans Going Forward

Washington Recalibrates anti-ISIL War: Plans Going Forward

The Pentagon has revised its war plans against the Islamic State for 2016, based on a cold assessment of the state of combat, and lessons learned from the relative failure of the 2015 “Iraq First” strategy. The shift, which has been ...

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New US Airport in Syria While ISIL Struggles to Pay the Mujahedeen-But Where Are the Syrians?

New US Airport in Syria While ISIL Struggles to Pay the Mujahedeen-But Where Are the Syrians?

Following intensive construction work in Rumailan old military airport in Hasakah province in the North East of Syria, including extending its runways, the airport is now ready to be turned into the first US military base on Syrian territories. The ...

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Can China Go from`Fifth Wheel’ to Major Player in Middle East?

Can China Go from`Fifth Wheel’ to Major Player in Middle East?

When President Xi Jinping met with President Barack Obama last September, during the Chinese leader’s state visit to Washington, one of the issues that occupied a significant amount of time in their private talks was the future of the Middle ...

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