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ISIS after the fall of Raqqa

ISIS after the fall of Raqqa Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Ely Karmon

With the looming defeat of ISIS, and with many of the surviving fighters unable to return to their homes, the question arises as to where the remaining ISIS fighters will scatter as they look for safe havens and attempt to rebuild a territorial stronghold.

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A New Deal for Gaza?

A New Deal for Gaza? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Half a year after its arch-rival set out to choke it, Hamas appears to have effectively surrendered. What began with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' decision in April to cease paying for Gaza's fuel shipments from Israel has now culminated in Hamas' ostensible agreement to relin

Assad's Pyrrhic Victory

Assad's Pyrrhic Victory Categories: Middle East, Syria     Author: Jacques Neriah

Syria is now an Iranian-Russian satellite whose existence as a state depends on the military presence of its patrons. Indeed, six years later, the Alawite regime is on life-support provided by Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Iranian satellite proxies.

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The Road to Kurdistan

The Road to Kurdistan Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Op-eds, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Stateless and persecuted, Kurds have been the target of oppression, intimidation and violence. Tens of thousands have been killed. Yet despite all they have been through, they continue to cling to the hope of a brighter future in a state of their own.

Assad is Winning

Assad is Winning Categories: Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

What until two years ago seemed like the younger Assad's imminent collapse has now given way to his apparent victory. While this development has its positive elements, especially in terms of ending the terrible bloodshed in Syria, from Israel's viewpoint it is alarming.

Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan

Editorial: The Road to Kurdistan Categories: Australasia, Europe, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Amidst the chaos and turmoil of the volatile Middle East, there is a long-suffering people that have been denied self-determination continuously for almost a century... I am not referring to the Palestinians, who have rejected several opportunities to establish their own state... I am talking about

Why the winner in Syria is ... Iran

Why the winner in Syria is ... Iran Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

A flurry of diplomatic activity is currently taking place in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas. While the moves are occurring on separate and superficially unrelated fronts, taken together they produce an emergent picture. That picture is of two camps, one of which works as a united force on essential int

Israel, the Palestinians and the "Tide of History"

Israel, the Palestinians and the "Tide of History" Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

I've heard people in Australia, including people of former prominence, offering the suggestion that if you do not run with the pack on a pro-Palestinian agenda, you're running against the tide of history. The exact opposite is the case. In reality, Israel is now running through a fairly incredible

What’s happening in the Qatar Crisis - and what is Israel’s perspective?

What’s happening in the Qatar Crisis - and what is Israel’s perspective? Categories: Gulf states, Hamas, Israel, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Israeli officials have generally stayed out of the fray since the crisis began. One exception is comments from Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman in early June that the crisis "opens many opportunities for cooperation in the war against terror" and that "the State of Israel is more than ope

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