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Syrian forces encounter a dying jihadist army in northeast Hama

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Although not the most fantastic or headline-grabbing operation currently being undertaken by Syrian pro-government forces in comparison to their...

Saudi Prince Mohammed’s religious moderation unlikely to change Asian realities

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be seeking to revert his kingdom to an unspecified form of moderate Islam but erasing the impact...

Rebel offensive in east Idlib reveals new strategy and tactics used...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) - A slow and sporadic but nonetheless ongoing offensive against the Syrian Arab Army in the eastern countryside of Idlib...

Kurdish forces blame Assad government for their failure to defeat ISIS...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) - Following repeated failures by Coalition-backed Kurdish forces to defeat ISIS on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River in...

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...

Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

Israel and Myanmar, two countries with troubled human rights records and disputed histories of dealing with ethnic and national rights, have set a worrisome...

Asia’s dark underbelly: Conflicts threaten long-term stability and development

A host of conflicts, stretching across the Asian landmass from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and northwest China, are likely to spark violence,...

Trump continues a self-destructive U.S. policy in Syria

On June 18, 2017, the Trump administration made a grave mistake in downing a Syrian jet south of Tabqah, which follows a string of...

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...

8,000 to 11,000 ISIS militants still present across Syria – estimates

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) - Despite the great territorial defeats suffered by ISIS over the course of 2017 which led to the virtual destruction...
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