Nobody has been reported killed more often than the leader of the Islamic State (IS). But even if he were, it wouldn’t make that much difference.
Fateh’s 7th Congress shows how far the movement has sunk — reduced to choosing between two disastrous options: Abbas or Dahlan.
First in Iraq, then over Syria, the Turkish president has had to back down from his bombastic statements
The new Saudi formula for Gulf ‘integration’ seems aimed at excluding dissident Oman and reaching out to non-Gulf monarchies Morocco and Jordan.
The Egyptian-Saudi quarrel is about regional leadership, self-image, and national pride as much as territory, oil and money. This makes it doubly difficult to resolve.
The Syrian airforce wouldn’t have targeted invading Turkish troops without Russian approval. Erdoğan would end up the loser if he retaliates.
Riyadh has been courting the new president in the hope of luring him away from Hizbullah, while re-embracing Hariri as their principalprotégé.
Israel’s bid to ban the prayer call has nothing to do with ‘noise pollution’, and the PA’s inability to do anything about it will further fuel public anger against it.
It is a matter of time before the regime retakes the city. Efforts to reach a political settlement with the ‘moderate’ opposition can be expected to follow
Barzani hopes to use the battle for Mosul as leverage to declare Iraqi Kurdish independence. That would be a recipe for an even worse conflict.