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Why Did Russia Stop its Use of Iran’s Air Base to Bomb Syria?

Why Did Russia Stop its Use of Iran’s Air Base to Bomb Syria?

Mounting opposition from Iranian nationalists and historic suspicion between Iran and Russia contributed to ending the short-lived Russian use of an air base in western Iran. The decision to end the mission also expressed Moscow’s understanding of the Arabs’ position, ...

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Assad versus the Kurds in Northeast Syria

Assad versus the Kurds in Northeast Syria

Assume you are a Syrian Arab living side-by-side with other Syrian Kurds in Hasakah, a city with considerable Kurdish minority, in northeastern Syria. The city is under the control of Kurdish forces except for roughly a quarter of its total ...

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Will Defeat of ISIL in Sirte Trigger New Civil War in Libya?

Will Defeat of ISIL in Sirte Trigger New Civil War in Libya?

Since August 1, when President Barack Obama announced the start of an air war against the Islamic State (ISIL) in Libya, the United States has conducted a total of 57 air strikes, most involving close air support for Libyan militia ...

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Incirlik and the Snowball of Russia’s Strategy in the Middle East

Incirlik and the Snowball of Russia’s Strategy in the Middle East

Reports that Turkey is negotiating with Moscow to allow Russian planes to use the air base in Incirlik are exaggerated. The speculation followed statements by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım that “in principle”, Russia can use the base. “Turkey opened ...

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