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Saudi Arabia kicked off a two-day conference for Muslim scholars expected to produce a fatwa denouncing the tactics of the Taliban, as the US puts pressure on the Afghan militants.

Comment: The Trump administration's approach is failing. Record numbers of Afghans are dying, and the local government has been losing control of the population, writes Edward Hunt.

Raqqa's rapid 'liberation' was flawed from the outset

James Snell

Raqqa's rapid 'liberation' was flawed from the outset

Comment: A quick liberation of Raqqa was the coalition's sole aim, and it was pursued insensibly and destructively, writes James Snell.

US and Turkish troops to patrol Syria's Manbij

The New Arab & agencies

US and Turkish troops to patrol Syria's Manbij

The Kurdish People's Protection Units announced this week that it would withdraw from Manbij as key brokers Ankara and Washington agreed on a ...

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Paul Iddon

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Analysis: Even though the Syrian conflict is almost a decade old, last month's deadly events prove it is still as devastating and dangerous as ...

Stasa Salacanin

Trump's hawks will try to destabilise Iran

Analysis: Washington's goal is the overthrow of the Islamic Republic - but the US is unlikely to find any replacement regime more palatable, writes Stasa Salacanin.

The New Arab

Israeli defence minister heading to US for Iran talks

Iran hawk Avigdor Lieberman has threatened to strike Russia's anti-aircraft missiles in Syria and is building an international alliance against ...

The New Arab & agencies

US lawmakers decry lack of Syria military strategy

US lawmakers warn that the US military's hands off approach on the ground in Syria is ceding influence to Russia and Iran.

James Snell

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

Comment: Not only did Trump's much vaunted strikes fail to threaten Assad; they have actually bolstered him, writes James Snell.

Trump gathers war cabinet, vows Syria decision 'fairly soon'

The New Arab & agencies

Trump gathers war cabinet, vows Syria decision 'fairly soon'

Despite the US, France and UK becoming resolute that the Syrian regime perpetrated Saturday's chemical attack in Douma, leaders are yet to issue ...

Sam Hamad

The problem is Assad, not his weapons

Comment: Assad's genocide, in all its forms, isn't even conceived as being the real problem, writes Sam Hamad.

A tale of two secretaries: Exit Tillerson, enter Pompeo

Marcus Montgomery

A tale of two secretaries: Exit Tillerson, enter Pompeo

Comment: Mike Pompeo will likely enable Trump's worst tendencies, writes Marcus Montgomery.

Trump, Tillerson and the State of disarray

Andrew Leber

Trump, Tillerson and the State of disarray

Comment: Rex Tillerson's departure leaves Secretary of Defense James Mattis as the lone, relative voice of restraint on US ...

State of disarray

Andrew Leber

State of disarray

Comment: Rex Tillerson's departure leaves Secretary of Defense James Mattis as the lone, relative voice of restraint on US ...

Interview: Even under Trump, 'American isolationism' is a myth

Sylvain Cypel

Interview: Even under Trump, 'American isolationism' is a myth

Interview: Contrary to popular belief, US policy is not isolationist. It is characterised by permanent military interventions, just like the ...

Paul Iddon

The convoluted geopolitics of the battle for Afrin

Analysis: The Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria is coming under fire from all sides, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

Mattis: Nations must reel in foreign fighters in Syria

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is urging states to take in foreign fighters captured by the anti-Assad SDF forces and charge them at ...

Nicholas Morley

Trump's military parade shows he's an insecure autocrat

Comment: Any counter-protest to Trump's military parade must directly and peacefully interfere with the event, writes Nick Morley.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: IS 'caliph' excluded from 'most-wanted' list

This week in Iraq: The government releases a list of its most-wanted fugitives, while Iraq’s southern city of Basra becomes a hub for organised ...

Syria: Chlorine is just as horrific as sarin

James Snell

Syria: Chlorine is just as horrific as sarin

Comment: The US is maintaining an artificial distinction between Syrian regime use of sarin gas and chlorine, writes James Snell.

James Snell

Syria: Chlorine is just as deadly as sarin

Comment: The US is maintaining an artificial distinction between Syrian regime use of sarin gas and chlorine, writes James Snell.

<em>Mattis</em> is splitting hairs over Assad's chemical mass murder

James Snell

Mattis is splitting hairs over Assad's chemical mass murder

Comment: The US is maintaining an artificial distinction between Syrian regime use of sarin gas and chlorine, writes James Snell.

Qatar-US alliance reaffirmed at end of Washington strategic dialogue

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar-US alliance reaffirmed at end of Washington strategic dialogue

The US is looking to resolve the GCC crisis, which since June has pitted Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar.

Turkey's Afrin offensive is not about Islamic State

James Snell

Turkey's Afrin offensive is not about Islamic State

Comment: The justification Turkey offered for its Afrin offensive - that it was fighting the Islamic State group as well as the YPG - is ...

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