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US-backed forces wanted ISIS to conquer Deir Ezzor, so did opposition...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) - In one day it will be three months since Syrian pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army and...

Egyptian President Al-Sisi steps up repression to cover policy failure

Egyptian general-turned-president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi would likely be the first to admit that an iron fist is no guarantee for retaining power. Not because...

Syrian Army lures Al-Qaeda into unwinnable battle in northeast Hama

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) - Jihadist-led militants in northeast Hama find themselves locked into a battle with Syrian pro-government forces which they have virtually...

Gulf crisis creates opportunity for asian nations

The rift between the Gulf countries and Qatar has created a space for Asian countries to step in to engage with the small peninsular...

Targeting Islamic scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia, Saudia Arabia puts itself...

By declaring the Qatar-based International Union of Islamic Scholars (ILUM) a terrorist organization, Saudi Arabia is confronting some of the world’s foremost Islamic political...

Tackling Corruption: Why Saudi Prince Mohammed’s approach raises questions

Leave aside for a moment questions of due process. Analysis of  Saudi Arabia’s three largest corporate failures explains why Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s...

Russia is in Syria to stay, the West will just have...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) - The past couple of months have seen sharp increase in the activity of Russian airpower in Syria – particularly...

Saudi Prince Mohammed’s Achilles Heel: Misreading tea leaves in Washington

Emboldened by perceived White House support, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to have stepped up his risky, so far faltering effort to...

The Middle East: It will only get worse

As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is...

Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is transition to what? Dominating the answer is an...