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Here’s How the Negotiations over the Next Iraq Government Are Going (The National Interest| Geneive Abdo)

The chaos sweeping Iraq has become so deep—even by Middle East standards—that the country’s top religious leader is taking it upon himself to try to restore calm and create a political roadmap.Read More

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17 Years Ago Today, Our Endless War Began With 60 Words (BuzzFeed News | Gregory D. Johnsen)

Seventeen years ago the US went to war on the strength of a single sentence: 60 words that were written,Read More

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For Saudi Arabia, an Electric Opportunity in Iraq (War on the Rocks | Evan Langenhahn)

Last month, protests broke out in Basra after the Iranian government cut one-third of the total electricityused by Iraq’s second-largest city.Read More

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It’s Time to Stop Talking About Terrorists As If They’re Diabolical Geniuses (The Atlantic | Gregory D. Johnsen)

The video, shot from a respectful distance, shows the two brothers embracing one last time, somewhere on the Yemeni side of the border.Read More

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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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