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By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 04,2014
Jordan-Israel relations are under pressure as the two countries mark the 20th anniversary of their peace treaty. While Israeli officials praised ties with their eastern neighbour — Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon talked about the “strategic alliance” with
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 28,2014
Egypt’s war on terror took a turn for the worse last Friday when a military checkpoint in northern Sinai came under multiple attacks that left more than 30 soldiers dead and scores wounded. It was a complex assault that involved a car bomb, rocket-propelled grenades and ro
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 21,2014
Iran could emerge as a winner from the open-ended war on the Islamic State (IS), which has shifted attention from Tehran’s attempt to expand its sphere of influence and improve its position as a regional power broker. With most countries in the region focused on stemming t
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 07,2014
It has been more than two weeks since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered what became known as his strongest speech from the UN’s General Assembly podium. This time, the 75-year-old leader did not offer compromises or speak hopefully about the two-state solution.
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 30,2014
It has been more than a week since five Arab countries joined the US-led coalition in bombing Islamic State targets in both Syria and Iraq. The event is unprecedented and bolsters Washington’s case that the onslaught is not directed towards the region’s Sunnis, but a
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 16,2014
One potential winner in the international and regional drive to fight and destroy the Islamic State is Israel. Less than a month has passed since a tentative ceasefire was reached between the Palestinians and Israelis over the Gaza war, and already there is little interest in th
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 09,2014
NATO’s 10-nation “core coalition” formed last week in Wales, in the United Kingdom, to confront the growing threat of the Islamic State, also known as IS, did not include any Arab country. And yet, US President Barack Obama underlined the important role that Su
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 02,2014
Barely a week had passed since a ceasefire agreement was reached by Palestinians and Israelis, through Egyptian mediation, before verbal clashes erupted between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas over the 50-day Gaza war. Abbas accused the Islamist resistanc
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 26,2014
For the first time since the break out of the Syrian crisis, in March 2011, there are indications that policies towards the Damascus regime are about to change drastically. That is not because President Bashar Assad altered his position since the uprising against him or vis-&agr
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 19,2014
The almost impossible task of salvaging Iraq has begun along two distinct, but interconnected, courses: political and military. Last week’s decision by former prime minister Nouri Al Maliki to withdraw his candidacy for a third term as head of the Iraqi government has pave



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