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By Michael Jansen - Oct 10,2019
Donald Trump has said that the US will withdraw troops from northern Syria in order to allow Turkey to launch a military operation to clear Kurdish fighters from the border area east of the Euphrates River.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 02,2019
The Arabs must press the main combatants to end the war in Yemen, the region's poorest country.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 25,2019
Palestinian citizens of Israel participate in that country's parliamentary elections but get little or no benefit from their vote.  The Joint Arab List representing the Palestinian constituency 20 per cent of the population came in third in the September 17 election, winning
By Michael Jansen - Sep 18,2019
On September 8, US and Turkish armoured vehicles and troops began joint land and air patrols along the Syrian side of a section of that country's border with Turkey.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 11,2019
Iran has trumped Trump by routing its oil tanker along the northern shore of the Mediterranean, pausing at ports in Greece and Turkey, then anchoring off Syria's Tartus.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 04,2019
Damascus' International Fair and the liberation of northern Hama and southern Idlib from Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgents have lifted morale in the Syrian capital and elsewhere in the country.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 28,2019
Israel's expansion of its campaign of air strikes on Iranian personnel and Iran-linked fighters from Syria to Iraq has created tension between Iraqi militias and the government, and could compromise Baghdad's already tricky relationship with the US.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 21,2019
The politico-military advantage in the stalemated war in Yemen has shifted recently in favour of the Houthi rebels, who are now reinforcing their political position ahead of prospective peace talks by calling on Iran for support.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 14,2019
Donald Trump is neither an armchair warrior, nor a competent battlefield commander-in-chief. Trump dodged military service in the Vietnam war just as his grandfather Friedrich Trump did when he fled Bavaria's army for New York at the end of the 19th century.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 08,2019
Last weekend's death toll in the war of attrition in Syria's Idlib province was lower than the 31 fatalities in US mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.

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