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.
The ‘bribe’ which Sarkozy obtained from the former Libyan leader — before getting rid of him – may yet prove to be his comeuppance
Even Iran’s worst enemies think the US president-elect’s pledge to cancel the nuclear deal is wrong-headed.
The Syrian regime and its allies are preparing for a decisive military and political victory in Aleppo
Asad and Sisi look set to be the biggest regional beneficiaries of a Trump presidency; losers include the Syrian opposition and Saudi Arabia
Donald Trump defeated the ruling American establishment and its preferred and spoilt representative, Hillary Clinton and the mighty media empires and effectively demonstrated that public opinion polls are bogus and lack credibility.
Saudi Arabia’s disengagement from Lebanese politics enabled a new president to be elected – and the old idea of coexistence to be revived
Further escalation on the cards as Damascus and Kurds join forces to thwart Ankara’s attempt to create a buffer zone in northern Syria
The US and Russia have evidently agreed a trade-off, prompting Turkey and the Gulf states to abandon their former protégés to their fate.