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The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilisation projects as it moves to extricate the US from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.

Comment: An 'Arab NATO' would represent the final nail in the coffin for the region's wave of Arab revolutions, writes Sam Hamad.

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

Paul Iddon

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

Analysis: The GCC is fractured, Oman has a legacy of neutrality and Qatar is under siege by other Gulf nations. Trump's bid to unite them all against Iran is doomed.

Trump hotel 'received financial boost' after Saudi royal visit

The New Arab

Trump hotel 'received financial boost' after Saudi royal visit

A visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to New York gave Donald Trump's hotel in the city a big boost.

Resuming US military aid to Egypt

Rana Allam

Resuming US military aid to Egypt

Comment: The US sees fit to arm Sisi with more aid and weaponry, despite his regime's dismal human rights record and crackdown on civil ...

Andrew Leber

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

Rose Worden

Public Relations in the Trump era

Comment: Trump’s foreign policy has contributed to the emboldening of human rights abusers, writes Rose Worden.

The New Arab & agencies

US and Turkey agree on 'roadmap' for Kurdish-held Manbij

Officials from the NATO allies met on Friday to agree on further security cooperation in relation to the Kurdish-held Syrian city.

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

Pompeo's Plan B on Iran: An exercise in futility

Comment: It is now perfectly clear that Trump's administration has no interest in diplomacy with Iran, and is simply bent on regime change, ...

US in Syria 'for at least six more months'

The New Arab & agencies

US in Syria 'for at least six more months'

The news illustrates the competing tension of Trump wanting a speedy withdrawal from Syria while at the same time delivering a final blow to IS.

The New Arab

US' Pompeo tells Saudi bloc to end Qatar blockade

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, telling Riyadh to end the blockade on Qatar and reign in its offensive on ...

Pompeo makes diplomatic debut in Riyadh as US envoy

The New Arab

Pompeo makes diplomatic debut in Riyadh as US envoy

Washington's newly appointed secretary of state has landed in Riyadh on a tour of the US' key Middle East allies, after vowing to bring some ...

Trump's hawks will try to destabilise Iran

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, ...

Pompeo scrapes through Senate confirmation panel after Paul's U-turn

The New Arab

Pompeo scrapes through Senate confirmation panel after Paul's U-turn

The nominee for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured a shock approval from a Senate panel, amid fears his bellicose approach to diplomacy ...

Washington has no plan for post-Iran deal diplomacy

Marcus Montgomery

Washington has no plan for post-Iran deal diplomacy

Comment: The ultimate danger of 'tearing up' the deal is diplomatic isolation, and a slow march towards military conflict, writes Marcus ...

The New Arab

Trump: 'Major decisions' on Syria in '24-48 hours'

The US has warned it is not excluding military action as calls grow for an international response to an alleged gas attack by the Assad regime which left dozens dead.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey urges US to clear 'confusion' over Syria's Manbij

The city of Manbij, held by the People's Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia, has become a major headache in relations between NATO allies ...

The New Arab & agencies

US 'setting up military bases' in Syria's Manbij

Manbij is still held by the YPG Kurdish militia, who Turkey last month ousted from the Afrin region to the west.

The New Arab

US military 'planning to send more troops' to Syria

The US military is considering sending reinforcements to Syria, defence officials have told CNN, contradicting Trump's promise a withdrawal ...

Despite Trump vow, quick US pullout from Syria unlikely

The New Arab & agencies

Despite Trump vow, quick US pullout from Syria unlikely

Although Trump promised a quick pullout from Syria, US forces may be committed to the country for some time to come.

The New Arab

Bin Salman urges US troops to stay in Syria

Fearing unbridled Iranian influence and alarmed by Trump's latest remarks, the Saudi Crown Prince has voiced his strong support for US troops to ...

Trump freezes over $200 million in Syria recovery funds

The New Arab & agencies

Trump freezes over $200 million in Syria recovery funds

The White House has instructed the State Department to freeze over $200 million in funds earmarked for 'recovery efforts' in Syria, The Wall ...

Syrian SDF unaware of any US withdrawal plan: official

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian SDF unaware of any US withdrawal plan: official

An SDF spokesman said the fight against the Islamic State group, which operates under a US-led coalition, is "continuing".

The Iran deal is not yet dead

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

The Iran deal is not yet dead

Comment: The JCPOA wasn't just an arms deal, but a recognition that world must engage with Iran - and that is something which cant be killed, ...

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