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What Russia, China, Iran Want in Afghanistan When U.S. Troops Leave

2021-07-23

Russia, China and Iran, all influential powers in Asia, are preparing for the U.S. military to leave Afghanistan at a time of aggravated tensions and soaring violence in the war-torn nation with which they have unique and historical ties...

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Biden Could Midwife a New Iraq

2021-07-07

On June 17, after almost a decade of trying, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a substantial bipartisan margin to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force , which permitted the invasion of Iraq, the ouster of Saddam Hussein...

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Thousands gather in Tahrir Square for Remembrance of Airport Incident

2021-01-03

Since the early hours of today, thousands of people are heading toward Tahrir Square to participate in the remembrance...

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The Vital but Delicate Task of Reviving the JCPOA

2020-12-15

Where maximum pressure was meant to further limit Irans nuclear work, instead it led to its expansion.

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Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Chief Raises Many Obstacles for Biden

2020-12-06

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh poses many short terms and long-term questions. First, how was the killing done and who is responsible? How will the US and Iran react?..

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Trump Bruited Strike on Iran Civilian Nuclear Facilities, Which May Kill as Many as Did Nuclear Bombing of Hiroshima

2020-11-25

They say that vice president Mike Pence, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen...

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Washington Confuses Tactics with Strategy: The Perils of Shuttering the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

2020-10-13

In threatening the closure, the U.S. administration is undermining the reform-minded Iraqi prime minister’s efforts against Iran-backed militias and risking Baghdad’s relationship with Washington.

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Were Iran and the United States Really ‘On the Brink’? Observations on Gray Zone Conflict

2020-10-05

Tehran’s entire modus operandi is designed to pressure Washington and its allies but avoid all-out conflict, and distorting this reality so close to a U.S. election will only hinder an effective policy response.

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Why the US shouldn’t withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan and Iraq

2020-10-02

The US still has important interests in the regions and pulling out without a plan would only ensure it is forced to return when conditions deteriorate and threats re-emerge.

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Iraq's foreign affairs; unresolved issue for Iraqi consecutive governments

2020-08-29

The US government is in high pursuit to win Iraq as an ally and launched a relentless campaign to boycott everyone opposes their policy

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When China Met Iran

2020-07-29

A growing partnership between America’s main Middle East adversary and Asia’s rising superpower bears careful watching in Washington.

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Sino American Relations Continue to Sour

2020-07-23

If anyone thought that Chinese American relations could not get worse, they were wrong, as President Trump and the State Department ratcheted

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Was Iraq’s prime minister right to go after an Iranian proxy?

2020-07-15

Rocket attacks by Iranian proxy groups in Iraq have been a common feature of the Iraqi security landscape over the past two decades, often causing material damage and on occasion killing and injuring Americans and Iraqis.

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What explains the decline of Iran’s moderates? It’s not Trump

2020-06-28

Why have Irans moderates and reformists lost public support, and what will this mean for Irans foreign policy?

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Syria: Will the Great Middle Eastern War Begin in the Levant?

2020-06-24

It is well known that Israel possesses enormous firepower and strong armed forces for land, sea, and air combat, and is better equipped than any other army in the Middle East.

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Foreign ministry summons Turkish and Iranian ambassadors and submits letters of protest

2020-06-21

The ministry of foreign affairs in Baghdad protested on the heavy bombing launched by Turkey and Iran targeting zones of northern Iraq where members of the ...

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Destroying Lebanon to Save It

2020-06-13

Conservative Republicans have unveiled a report that could have terrible consequences for a country already facing ruin.

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The New Three-Dimensional Political Situation in Iraq: An Iraqi Point of View

2020-05-30

These developments come after important events in the political scene during the past two years. The most important of which is Irans loss of its soft power, which has long helped it win the Shiite street in Iraq.

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Disengaged of shrine brigades from the Popular Mobilization Authority (PMA): other factions fears

2020-05-28

The PMF units was created in 2014 following a fatwa, or religious call to action, from Sistani, to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) after its occupation of large areas in northwestern Iraq. At the begging, all of the PMF units are armed groups following Al

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Iran is retreating from the Iraqi political scene

2020-05-23

Under pressure, the Islamic Republic is reassessing its strategy and telling allied factions that Tehran will mostly leave politics to the Iraqis

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Iraq Goes from Zurfi to Kadhimi: U.S. Policy Implications

2020-04-12

If Kadhimis nomination goes through, it would be good news for Iraq, but Washingtons troubled relationship with Baghdad still needs a radical strategic reset.

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How Will the Coronavirus Crisis Affect Your Middle Eastern Focus Area in the Coming Months?

2020-04-07

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.

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Iran cannot fight covid-19 with conspiracy theories

2020-04-01

As covid-19 began spreading across Iran in February, the regime held a rigged election. Weeks later, when nearly 10% of Iranian mps were infected and it was clear the country had a problem, the ruling clerics refused to close crowded holy spots.

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The relationship between Iraq and the US is in danger of collapse. That can’t happen.

2020-03-23

It would a tragic shame if it ended. For Iraqis, the American presence is hugely beneficial as a counterweight to Iran and ISIS. Americans are also helpful with Iraqi internal politics—especially in regard to sectarian divisions in the security forces

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