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U.S. Elections: The Missing Point

Both U.S. presidential candidates must address the Middle East issue OP-ED by Ghanem Nuseibeh While the U.S. presidential election campaign continues to revolve around topics focusing on the character traits of the two presidential hopefuls—Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton—there has been a glaring omission from the first debate. Both nominees failed to have any serious discussion

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Afghan Police Battle Holdout Gunman After Suicide Attacks Hit Kabul

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Sept 6 – Afghan security forces sealed off the centre of Kabul on Tuesday as they battled gunmen who barricaded themselves inside the offices of an international aid group after a car bomb attack on Monday night. The attack in a prosperous business and residential area of the capital took place

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Four Haqqani Commanders Reported Killed in East Afghanistan

GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Aug 30  – U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan have killed four commanders of the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban, as government forces try to retake a district captured by insurgents last week, Afghan officials said on Tuesday. Naqeeb Ahmad Atal, a spokesman for the governor of Paktia province in

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Turkish Forces Deepen Push into Syria, Draw U.S. Rebuke over Targets

By Lisa Barrington and Umit Bektas BEIRUT/KARKAMIS, Turkey, Aug 29  – Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday and drew a rebuke from NATO ally the United States, which said it was concerned the battle for territory had shifted away from targeting Daesh. At the start of Turkey’s now almost week-long cross-border offensive,

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Syrian Kurdish Spokesman says Manbij Reinforced, but Not by YPG

BEIRUT, Aug 29 – A spokesman for the autonomous Kurdish region in Syria said on Monday that local military forces in the Syrian cities of Manbij and Jarablus are being reinforced, but not by Kurdish YPG militia. The spokesman was responding to comments from regional security sources that YPG fighters appear to be reinforcing Manbij,

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Taliban Capture Key District in Afghan North

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Aug 15 – Taliban insurgents, seeking to force the NATO-led coalition out of Afghanistan and bring in Islamic law, captured a key district in the northern province of Baghlan away after days of fighting, officials said on Monday. Fighting has escalated in Afghanistan as the Taliban insurgency spreads from its traditional strongholds in

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NATO Says Turkey’s Membership Not in Question After Failed Coup

ISTANBUL, Aug 10 – NATO said on Wednesday that Turkey’s membership was not in question and that Ankara could count on its solidarity and support after last month’s failed coup, which has triggered deep purges in the alliance’s second largest armed forces. “Turkey is a valued ally, making substantial contributions to NATO’s joint efforts …

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Turkish Military Officer Seeking Asylum in U.S. – Officials

By Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON, Aug 9 – A Turkish military officer on a U.S.-based assignment for NATO is seeking asylum in the United States after being recalled by the Turkish government in the wake of last month’s failed military coup, U.S. officials told Reuters. The asylum bid is the first known case

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Putsched Out

Turkey’s coup holds lessons for the region By Shadi Hamid On a Friday night, just a day after a horrific attack in Nice, France, that had taken the lives of more than 80, rumors of a military coup in Turkey began to spread. It was a reminder that even the most unlikely things can happen in a

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Who Lost Libya?

Obama’s ‘smart power’ doctrine turned out to be not so smart when it came to toppling Muammar El Qaddafi BY Bill Powell “A more democratic region will ultimately be more stable for us and our friends. Even if someone wants to be dictatorial, it’s going to be difficult.” —An American diplomat, after the overthrow of

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