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The death of the father of terrorism

While mourning Omar Abdel-Rahman – who died in his prison cell in the United States – some try to depict him as a persecuted hero and an innocent victim. Abdel-Rahman is anything but that as he is the one who came up with the concept of modern day terrorism. His incitement to terror and violence preceded al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin …

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Four weeks that shook America

He strutted on to the stage, cocky and unable to hide his malignant grandiosity and proceeded to act as if, to paraphrase William Shakespeare all the world is his stage, except he was not Shakespearean in the least. Donald Trump who threw down the gauntlet repeatedly to the American media was now ready to cross swords a month after his …

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Syria’s regime eyeing Idlib, yet difficulty persists

Following the Syrian regime’s recapture of Aleppo in December last year, Idlib was expected to be the next battleground city. The north-western province, which has been in the hands of rebels since May 2016, is now the strongest rebel enclave in Syria with the arrival of thousands of fighters from Aleppo and other parts of the war-torn country under the …

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Saudi-Russia relations in the emerging new world order

Following the launch of the ambitious Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has started a new chapter in its history, turning itself from a US dependent indecisive closed shadow-country, to the mighty power of the Middle East, with enormous potential, strength, opening its doors to the whole world step by step. Saudi Arabia is intensifying its diplomatic efforts to change its perception …

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On the American role in Syria’s hell

In an interesting interview published Wednesday in the London-based daily Al-Hayat, former American Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford – who still held this post when the Syrian revolution erupted – revealed a lot of information about the US and how it dealt with the Syrian problem during President Barack Obama’s term. Ford left his post as envoy to Syria two …

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Assassinating an envoy; between crime and propagating terrorism

Assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey is of major significance and is yet another terrorist operation that serves the interest of Iran and the Syrian regime. It also harms the cause of the Syrian people. The crime suggests, all over again, that global security is threatened more than before. Unfortunately, some people continue to mix terrorism and regional affairs …

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On justifying the assassination of Russian envoy

Following the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, a debate has erupted among Twitter users. Some people mix up injustice taking place in some countries with the strong relations that stay intact even during the most difficult circumstances. Even during wars, ambassadors and embassies are considered among sanctities. It’s everyone’s right to be different and to reject Russia’s …

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How does the ‘mad dog’ think?

The next US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has been nicknamed the “mad dog.” This is not an insult but praise. He is an enthusiastic hound who is passionate about work and detail oriented. It’s said that he does not like this nickname but he is also described as the “warrior monk” because he never married, has more than 7,000 …

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Aleppo and the United Nations’ inaction

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey issued a statement calling on the UN to hold an emergency special session of the General Assembly to end the Aleppo crisis, particularly in east of the city. The statement urged the UN “to bear its responsibilities pertaining to maintaining international peace and security particularly when the Security Council is incapable …

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Changing loyalties in Aleppo are clouding the forecast

In two weeks, 300 civilians perished in Mosul. In one month, battles in Aleppo have claimed more than 600 lives. But evaluations and coverage are still unbalanced. Apparently not all lives matter and not all conflicts matter. It all depends on whose interests the conflicts serve. And meanwhile, the liberation of Mosul is turning out to mean yet more bloodshed …

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