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President Trump

by Graham E. Fuller* — The very words hit the ear as a shock; the mind is not ready for it. And that is exactly the problem. We could not see it coming. Among other things this tawdry and interminable election represents a massive American intelligence failure. Not failure of …

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Three Saudi cities hit by suicide bombers

The Levant News — Suicide bombers hit targets in three Saudi cities on Monday, killing four security guards and wounding five other people. The apparently coordinated attacks come amid the Islamic State’s worldwide bombing campaign to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The four security officers died as …

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Liberman won’t object to reconciliation with Turkey

The Levant News — New Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has reportedly promised not to object publicly to a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, despite having harshly disapproved of such a move in the past. Liberman had warned among other things that an Israeli-Turkish rapprochement would harm ties with Greece …

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Qatar summons US ambassador over joking soldiers

The Levant News — The emergence of an online video of two US soldiers joking near a Qatari flag is causing tensions between Qatar and the United States. US Ambassador Dana Shell Smith, summoned over the incident, apologized to the Qatari Foreign Ministry and on Twitter to the people of …

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Russia sends fighter jets to Armenia base near Turkey

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Moscow has deployed several fighter jets and a transport helicopter to Russia’s airbase in Armenia near the border with Turkey. Four fourth-generation Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft and a number of modernized MiG-29S bombers and a Mil Mi-8MT helicopter have been …

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Syria ceasefire talks delayed: Russia

THE LEVANT NEWS: Russia said U.N.-led talks planned for Saturday between major international players on establishing a ceasefire in Syria had been postponed, as wrangling dragged on between the various sides. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies that the meeting in Geneva had been put back to …

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US, Russia commit to further Syrian aid

THE LEVANT NEWS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday and the two “recommitted” themselves to continued deliveries of aid to those affected by the war in Syria, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said. They also discussed the progress negotiators …

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Russia drops aid on besieged Syrian city

THE LEVANT NEWS — DAMASCUS: Russian cargo planes have delivered humanitarian aid to government-held neighborhoods in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zor city, activists said Thursday. They carried out the air drops on areas besieged by ISIS on Wednesday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. State news agency SANA quoted a …

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Qatar to treat drunk World Cup fans ‘very gently’

THE LEVANT NEWS — Qatar may set up special courts for the 2022 football World Cup to deal with drunk and disorderly fans “very gently”, the head of the tournament’s organising committee has revealed. Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, spoke of how the country …

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The Big Four in Saudi Arabia’s Government

THE LEVANT NEWS – By MIKAYLA BOUCHARD — The New York Times published this background information on the most powerful figures in the Saudi kingdom of Arabia, and where they stand in the sometimes complicated order of royal succession: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Son of Saudi Arabia’s founder, …

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Who Wants Change Any More?

The Levant News — By Graham E. Fuller — A renowned Arab religious scholar in the 14th century, ibn Taymiyya, is sometimes quoted as saying, Al-zulm afdal min al-fawda— “oppression is to be favored over anarchy.” Although ibn Taiymiyya was no establishment figure in his time, this perspective was welcomed …

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Saudi-led strikes on Yemen hospital wound several

THE LEVANT NEWS– A Yemeni hospital run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was bombed in a Saudi-led airstrike, wrecking the facility and wounding several people, the hospital director said Tuesday. A Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March to try to restore its government after …

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Zarif after deal: ‘The world has changed’

by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor — THE LEVANT NEWS — VIENNA: On the famous balcony in Palais Coburg, Al-Monitor spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a few hours after he, along with EU special representative Federica Mogherini, had announced the historic deal concluding a 13-year standoff over Iran’s …

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Jumblatt says Lebanon needs a leader like Greece’s Tsipras

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Praising the Greek people’s Sunday rejection of European creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for a loan, Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said his country could use someone like Greece’s premier to tackle its own economic problems. “Greece’s step is huge and …

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From Gaza to Daash – part 2

THE LEVANT – By Geoffrey Cook – This Op-Ed is an extension of a long article that was published a few weeks ago on these pages.  It was an analysis of the recent the criminal incident against Gaza.  I rewrote the article considerably for a publication in the Middle East.  The …

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QSIS: Michelle Dunne

THE LEVANT -By Geoffrey Cook – Your reviewer is to continue his coverage of the Panel on violently the heretical radicalization (or Takfrization) of political Islam put together by the think tank, Islam and Democracy in this city (and Tunis). (The preferred acronym for the United States for the self-denominate “Caliphate,” …

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US says 21 air raids slow IS advance near Kobane

THE LEVANT – US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had “slowed” the group’s advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said. In one of the heaviest bombardments so far against the Sunni jihadists encircling …

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