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By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 24,2015
It is not clear how Yemeni President Abed Rabboh Mansour Hadi has managed to elude his Houthi captors and escape from besieged Sanaa to arrive in the southern city of Aden. Was his release from house arrest facilitated by the Houthis, or was he assisted by his presidential guard
By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 10,2015
Jordan is a wounded nation in the wake of the brutal execution of Muath Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot who was captured by Islamist militants when his fighter jet crashed near Raqqa, in Syria, on December 24. Intensive efforts to secure his release reached a dead-end when the so-
By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 04,2015
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is the first to admit that the war on terror will be long and painful. In the wake of last week’s deadly attacks against his troops in Arish, in northern Sinai, Egyptians are accepting the fact that winning the war against Islamist r
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 27,2015
More than a week has passed since the Houthis escalated their takeover of Yemen by besieging and then forcing their way into the presidential palace in Sanaa. It was a symbolic conquest because the militants had already spread their control over much of the capital during the pa
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 20,2015
It is not clear whether Israel knew it was targeting top Hizbollah and Iranian military brass that were in a convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Sunday’s helicopter strike killed at least seven people, including top commanders in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 06,2015
The failure last week of a Palestinian/Arab bid to pass a resolution at the UN Security Council, essentially setting a deadline to end the Israeli occupation and allowing for the creation of an independent Palestinian state, has triggered a series of reactions that threaten to dr
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 30,2014
The Middle East was in the eye of geopolitical storms in 2014, and is certain to continue to be the focal point of international and regional attention in 2015. From the crises in Syria and Iraq to the international war on Islamist militants, to the audacious Houthi takeover of
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 23,2014
Jordan has been successful, so far, in confronting militant jihadist threat both domestically and along its wide borders with Iraq and Syria. This is due, in big part, to its political stability and to the vigilance of its security bodies and strong armed forces. Jordan has bee
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 16,2014
There is a flurry of diplomatic activities centring on the Palestine-Israel conflict in Europe this week, amid signs that the United States is trying to revive stalled peace talks as a way to dissuade Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from pressing ahead with a decision to pres
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 09,2014
The endgame in Syria may be changing, more than three years after the eruption of a popular uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad.



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