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Kurds, tool to keep fighting ISIS in Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the destruction of Islamic State’s control of land in eastern Syria on Saturday but said it would continue its military and security campaigns against jihadist sleeper cells. At a televised ceremony, its general command called on the Syrian government, which has sworn to …

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May the Fortunes Smile on You… A Dialogue with Eslam Abdel-Rahman, Egypt’s answer to Dan Brown!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD     وَإِذْ يَمْكُرُ بِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لِيُثْبِتُوكَ أَوْ يَقْتُلُوكَ أَوْ يُخْرِجُوكَ ۚ وَيَمْكُرُونَ وَيَمْكُرُ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, …

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Michael Aoun rebuffs Pompeo over Pompeo

Lebanese President Michel Aoun told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday that the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement was a Lebanese party with popular support, the Lebanese presidency said. “Preserving national unity and civil peace is a priority for us,” Aoun told Pompeo, the presidency said on its Twitter …

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Kushner in Congressional row over security leaks

The Democratic head of a U.S. congressional investigative panel on Thursday pressed the White House for information on whether President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, used the unofficial WhatsApp messaging tool to communicate sensitive or classified information with foreign leaders. U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah …

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Iran defiant, investng more in defence sector

Iran is determined to boost its defence capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. “We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran … America’s …

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US punishing Turkey over S-400 purchases

The United States could soon freeze preparations for delivering F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, officials told Reuters, in what would be the strongest signal yet by Washington that Ankara cannot have both the advanced aircraft and Russia’s S-400 air defense system. The United States is nearing an inflection point in …

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Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council receives American trade delegation

The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, QCC, has received a US trade delegation, headed by Joseph Tretler Jr., Vice President of International Policy at the American National Standards Institute. The delegation included representatives of the American National Standards Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Association of Mechanical Engineers, …

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Kouchner’s Fund Continues Supporting Extremist Jewish Institutions Operating in Settlements

Other indexes on the United States denials of the Palestinian rights in self-determination and establishing their independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, the American Administration closed its consulate in Jerusalem, and incorporated it into its embassy after transferring it from Tel-Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem. The closure …

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Afghani peace taks to be held in Qatar

The latest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban will begin in Doha this week and include Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Qatar said on Sunday, despite earlier reports suggesting his absence. The talks are expected to center around a ceasefire to end America’s …

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Think Tanks Activity Summary

The Foreign Policy Research Institute thinks that the American policy to withdraw from Syria is too fast.  They conclude, “With the clock ticking towards April, the United States is running out of time to reach agreement with Turkey and the SDF. Moreover, it will soon become quite apparent that U.S. …

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