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By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 12,2017
It will take many years for Iraq to fully recover from the deep wounds left by Daesh, the self-proclaimed “caliphate” whose fighters swept through the country in 2014 wreaking havoc and occupying more than one-third of its territory at one point.
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 06,2017
Although it remains to be seen whether President Donald Trump goes ahead with the decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, the very notion of considering changing the status of the holy city, which includes the occupied Old City and Arab neighbourhoods, a psychological,
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 28,2017
Bits and pieces making up the jigsaw puzzle that has become a key feature of the six-year-old Syrian conflict are finally falling into their places.Last week saw an exceptional push towards putting the political process back on track, with various interlocutors repositioning them
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 21,2017
The countdown has begun for the much-anticipated unveiling of President Donald Trump’s “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians, one that aims at closing the chapter on the decades-old conflict.For the Palestinians, initial signs point to a dismal start. Last week
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 14,2017
It was not the much-anticipated face-to-face meeting that the world was expecting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vietnam last weekend.Instead, the two leaders met briefly and the White House and the Kremlin issued a joint presidenti
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 07,2017
Time is running out fast for Daesh, the Salafist jihadist terrorist group that first appeared in late 2013 and within months was able to claim vast swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territories on which it proclaimed its so-called caliphate.In recent days, Iraqi forces were able to lib
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 17,2017
It would be naïve to believe that the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will not hurt the Paris-based UN body.Washington is a major financial contributor to UNESCO’s budget, about 22 per cent, and pulling ou
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 10,2017
Turkey is about to sink deeper into the Syrian quagmire as it launches a risky campaign to take over the rebellious northwestern province of Idlib, a hotbed for radical jihadists and a momentary refuge for tens of thousands of hapless civilians, many of whom fled when Aleppo was
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 03,2017
A bit of history will be made this week when King Salman arrives in Moscow on a four-day official visit, the first by a Saudi monarch in almost a century of diplomatic relations.Preparations for the historic visit have been in the making for many months, and the fact that Ki
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 26,2017
Angela Merkel, Germany’s iron lady, was handed a historic fourth term by voters on Sunday, but her triumph was overshadowed by the entrance of the nationalist far right into the Bundestag for the first time since the end of World War II.The relatively new party, Alternative for G



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