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“The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, they say; but things were never that easy in the Middle East. The relationship between Iran and Iraq seems to be one of the biggest ironies in...

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It is known that Iran has conducted air strikes against the IS (Islamic State) targets in Eastern Iraq for the past days. Representatives of the US-led international coalition against IS are gathering at NATO headquarters...

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In the last days it became clear that the international US-led campaign of airstrikes to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (IS) is having no discernible positive effect upon the battlefields of Iraq and...

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The conflict that is currently consuming Iraq has captured the attention of the entire world. Thoroughly understanding it is the first step for any endeavors of achieving a lasting peace......

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Israeli officials claim to have seized a ship in the Red Sea, close to Port Sudan on Wednesday, which was allegedly transporting Syrian-made weapons from Iran in support of the Palestinian fighters in the Gaza...

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The failure of the Geneva II Peace Conference on Syria to alter the reality of the Syrian Civil War and offer a glimmer of hope that peace may be in sight may have been a...

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The swift Russian takeover of Crimea in the last few days will probably not lead to a new Crimean War, but it has all the ingredients for generating a new Cold War. The current crisis...

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Syria: Bloody Spring Ahead

February 25, 2014

The second round of the Geneva II Peace Conference on Syria has ended on February 15th without achieving, no surprise there, any sort of real results. Although the two parties......

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Photo credits: Ahmed al-Fardan/ www.dw.de

Bahrain: The Unseen Revolution

February 18, 2014

The revolutions of the Arab Spring seemed to have been more successful against the presidents than against the monarchs. Although most of the kingdoms and sheikhdoms spread from Oman at the tip of the Arabian...

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Since July 2013, a new war is taking place in the Middle East, brewing quietly in the shadows of media reports from the Syrian Civil War. Since May 2013, when the Shiite militia Hezbollah has...

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