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Trump’s Iran Sanctions Are Backfiring in Iraq (Politico | Geneive Abdo)

BAGHDAD—As soon as the most recent round of U.S. sanctions, announced by the Trump administration on Aug. 7, hit Iran, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said his country would reluctantly comply.Read More

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Is Saudi Arabia Really So Angry at Canada Over a Tweet? (New York Times | Ali Shihabi)

Last week, the Saudi government expelled the Canadian ambassador from Riyadh, and canceled flights, educational exchanges, and trade and investment activities between the two countries.Read More

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Al Qaeda and ISIS are on Their Heels in Yemen, But Will Return Unless We Help Build a Lasting Peace (Just Security | Gregory D. Johnsen)

It was the sort of scene that has become ubiquitous across the Middle East. A small convoy of vehicles, packed with armed men, approach a rickety checkpoint manned by another group of armed men.Read More

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Who’s Fighting Whom in Yemen?

Although it got little attention at the time, the war in Yemen began more than four years ago in July 2014.Read More

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Iran’s rejection of a Trump summit shows its contempt for compromise (Fox News | Ali Shihabi)

Don’t look for any improvement in U.S.-Iranian relations anytime soon, or for a summit between President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.Read More

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The tragedy that befell the Druze in Syria is a stark reminder of their solo battle for survival (The National | Firas Maksad)

Last week, under the darkness of night in the far-flung villages of southwest Syria, death came knocking at the doors of their slumbering Druze community.Read More

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Yemen Is Bad but It Would Be Worse Without U.S. Involvement (The National Interest | Fatima Abo Alasrar)

During this week’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his hosts than a new nuclear deal with Iran ought to be of “permanent” duration and address the Islamic Republic’s “malign activity” in neighboring...Read More

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As U.S.-Iran Tensions Grow, Iraqis Suffer (Bloomberg Opinion | Geneive Abdo)

Iraq is again in turmoil: It remains without a government two months after national elections, and there have been widespread protests over electricity shortages and lack of public services.Read More

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Russia Got Me Fired From the U.N. (Politico | Gregory D. Johnsen)

When my phone buzzed at 1:11 p.m. on a Friday afternoon this past March, I knew there was a problem. I had been expecting an email from New York, not a WhatsApp message asking if I had “a minute” to...Read More

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The reality of Islamic State in Iraq (Reuters | Geneive Abdo)

At his post-summit press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Donald Trump praised the United States’ “successful campaign” that had “just about eradicated” Islamic State in Syria.Read More

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