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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...

Chinese engineer’s disappearance takes on geopolitical significance

Thirty-six-year-old Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu went missing almost a month ago. It took Pakistani authorities three weeks to classify Mr. Liu's disappearance as a...

Kidnapping and ant-Shiite rhetoric stirs Malaysian debate about Saudi-inspired ultra-conservatism

Allegedly kidnapped, forty-three-year old Malaysian activist Amri Che Mat, a foreign exchange trader and mountain climber, has not been heard of since he went missing...

Even with Syria’s Al-Omar oil fields, Kurdish forces lose 150 times...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) - For Syrian War observers, the capture of the Al-Omar oil fields by Kurdish militias might appear to be a...

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?

Talks aimed at transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia serve as an indicator of where the Saudi-Iranian rivalry is heading as well as the...

Kurdish forces win their first real victory against ISIS in eastern...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 A.M.) - Following what now appears to now be their forth of final seizure of the town of Gharanij from Islamic...

Map: ISIS empire shrinks by 70 percent in Syria since start...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) - Since the beginning of 2017, the Islamic State's empire in Syria has shrunk by about 70 percent. Most of...

King Abdullah of Jordan: Balancing on an ever-tighter tightrope

A look at a decade of failed social, economic and political reform in Jordan goes a far way to explain recent mass anti-government protests...

Qatari wahhabism vs. Saudi wahhabism and the perils of top-down change

A multi-domed, sand-coloured, architectural marvel, Doha’s biggest and national mosque, symbolizes Qatar’s complex and troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia. Its naming six years ago...

Assad loses 2,000 tanks since Syrian War started, still has thousands...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) - The latest hype to be spread around by opposition sources to ease humiliation suffered by East Ghouta rebels is...
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