Category: Middle East

Tehran tightens grip on Iraq’s INIS

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The recent appointment of Moustafa al-Kazemi as the new head of the Iraqi intelligence service demonstrates the control Tehran now has over Baghdad’s security apparatus. Iran’s political and security apparatus has scored another victory in Iraq. Moustafa al-Kazemi, one of Tehran’s…

Oman as a Counter-Terrorism Model for the GCC States

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Omani youth, according to one recent poll, see the ideology of Islamic State (IS) as the largest obstacle facing their Gulf nation (Times of Oman, April 16). The survey, conducted by international polling firm Penn Schoen Berland, found that young Omanis…

Volga Tatars in Iran Being Turkmenified

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Many observers are aware that ethnic Azerbaijanis constitute more than a quarter of the population of Iran, but fewer have taken note of the fact that other Turkic groups from the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation…

Putin-Netanyahu Meeting Strengthens Russia-Israel Ties

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Moscow’s intervention in Syria’s civil war has propelled Russia into the center of Middle Eastern politics and substantially enhanced its ties with virtually every Middle Eastern state. Israel is no exception. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently concluded his fourth…

Iraqis talk anti-terrorism in Paris

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While Baghdad sinks deeper into a political crisis, Iraq’s evergreen national security advisor Faleh al-Fayad visited Paris last week. Accompanied by a delegation of generals, he met the French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian a few days after Le Drian’s “surprise” visit – reported…

The South Caucasus in the Shadow of the Russian-Turkish Crisis

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As Konrad Zasztowt sees it, the recent standoff between Russia and Turkey over Syria is rattling the South Caucasus region. The two nations’ weakening economic ties, for example, are starting to diminish Turkish-Georgian-Azerbaijani trade and security cooperation. By Konrad Zasztowt…

Russia’s Cost-Benefit Interest in Syria

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Eurasian Daily: As Washington and Moscow join efforts to initiate a ceasefire in war-torn Syria, there is growing evidence that Russian policymakers believe the cost-benefit side of the military intervention is yielding political dividends. Despite the low-cost and low-risk side…

Erdoğan’s Turkey and Iranian Intelligence

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20committee: Western concerns have mounted in recent years as Turkey, once a NATO stalwart, has drifted into an increasingly Islamist orientation, in both foreign and domestic policy, under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been prime minister since…

Syrian army starts using new weapons from Russia – military source

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The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support for Damascus that is alarming the United States. “The weapons are…

Middle East and North Africa risk: Alert – Islamic State displays its reach

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The series of attacks that hit three countries on June 26th—France, Kuwait and Tunisia—has highlighted the growing global threat posed by Islamic State. The extreme jihadi group’s declaration of a self-styled caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq, and its…