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Putin’s Mideast “Pax-Russiana”: Moscow & Tehran Deploy Their Navies, Encircle the Region

Putin’s Mideast “Pax-Russiana”: Moscow & Tehran Deploy Their Navies, Encircle the Region

Russia’s defense minister said October 12 that Moscow is dispatching its flagship aircraft carrier to bolster its forces in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria. The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier would be sent to join Russia’s current naval deployment there, Minister ...

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Will Iraq’s Shia Militias Cross the Border to Syria?

Will Iraq’s Shia Militias Cross the Border to Syria?

We will see now if Iraq’s Shia militias – the Popular Mobilization Force (PMF) – will cross Iraqi-Syrian borders, potentially from Tel Afar or close to it, under the pretext of chasing ISIL fighters fleeing Iraq in the post-Mosul situation. ...

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The Battle of Mosul is on: Where will ISIL Go?

The Battle of Mosul is on: Where will ISIL Go?

The battle for Mosul started just few hours after ISIL evacuated its fighters from Dabiq, a town given by the leaders of the group a special religious symbolism. As in the case of Jarabulus, a Syrian former stronghold of ISIL, ...

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Cairo-Riyadh Tension Rising Again

Cairo-Riyadh Tension Rising Again

Egypt’s President Abdul Fatah Al Sisi sent a public message on October 16 related to Cairo-Riyadh ties, confirming that those ties are “unshakeable” and will not be affected by any misunderstanding. Furthermore, Sisi called for “better coordination” between the two ...

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