Middle Orient

An Isolated Erdogan Learns the Cost of Hubris in Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Russia on Thursday, seeking to persuade President Vladimir Putin to help stem disaster in Syria’s Idlib province. Turkish forces are locked in fierce combat there with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army in what has become the last bastion of the armed rebels fighting …

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Turkey Is Playing With Fire in Syria

While the war in Syria has receded from the international spotlight, residents in the country’s northeast are bracing for a new wave of armed conflict. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for months threatened to launch a military invasion of the region to push back Syrian Kurdish fighters and create …

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Erdogan’s Weaponization of Religion Is Losing Its Edge

For more than three months, Turkey has been rocked by rolling protests centered in Istanbul. Following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s controversial appointment of businessman Melih Bulu as the new rector of Bogazici University in January, students and professors began holding rallies to denounce the pick. They see Bulu as an …

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Iran-Israel’s Incendiary Relations

As Iran-Israel’s relations reach the nadir over the assassination of Colonel Sayeed Khodaye of Unit 840 of the Iranian Army by Israel on May 22, 2022, the quote of Albert Einstein rings a bell “We must learn the difficult lesson that the future of Mankind will only be tolerable when …

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Iran: Major Security Shake-Up, IRGC Intelligence Chief Replaced

Hossein Taeb, a hard-line cleric, was the intelligence chief of Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the elite branch of the armed forces, for over a decade. But in a surprise move, the IRGC announced on June 23 that it had removed Taeb from his prominent post. The major …

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Turkey’s wartime bridge to the West is collapsing

Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine has forced countries around the world to reexamine their geopolitical choices. Turkey, a strategic partner to both of the states at war, has been affected more than most nations. Caught in a lose-lose situation where taking any side in the conflict would lead …

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Sadr Throws Iraqi Politics into Turmoil

The decision by Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to withdraw his large bloc from parliament clouds prospects for a broad-based government, eight months after national elections in Iraq. The resignations position pro-Iranian factions to determine the composition of the next government.Sadr’s move could trigger widespread unrest and or the calling of …

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What is Turkey’s end game?

NATO leaders will convene in a historic meeting in Madrid next week amid three lingering questions: Will Finland and Sweden get official invitations from the Transatlantic alliance? Will US President Joe Biden and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meet on the sidelines of the summit? And what is Ankara’s …

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Afrin Demonstration Rejects HTS Entry to Rural Aleppo

Demonstrators gathered on a street in the main city refusing to allow HTS forces and vehicles into the area, according to Enab Baladi. The city of Afrin, north of Aleppo, witnessed a demonstration of dozens of people refusing to accept the powerful Tahrir al-Sham’s (HTS) entry from Idleb into areas …

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Lebanon Signs Agreement to Transport Egyptian Gas to Assad Regime in Syria

A report by the Jusoor Center for Studies sheds light on the agreement that Lebanon announced with Syria and Egypt, according to Shaam Network. A report by the Jusoor Center for Studies sheds light on the agreement that Lebanon announced with Syria and Egypt to transport Egyptian gas through Jordan …

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