Osama Al Sharif

Israeli border police officers stand guard as Palestinians pray at Lions' Gate, the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, in protest over Israel's new security measures at the compound housing Al-Aqsa mosque, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif) and to Jews as the Temple Mount, July 20, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

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Jordan, Israel trade barbs as tension over Al-Aqsa continues

Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

While Jordan and Israel are keen to preserve the peace treaty and maintain top intelligence and security coordination, the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque remains a potential deal breaker.

Jordan sees big gains in south Syria cease-fire

Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

The cease-fire brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan for southern Syria seems to be holding, for now.

Jordan in an uneasy place over Gulf spat

Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

Despite bitter past relations with Qatar, Jordanian officials avoided taking sides in the latest Gulf spat.

Jordan pins hopes on US-Russian accord on southern Syria

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

Amid talks about secret trilateral meetings being held in Amman between Jordan, the United States and Russia to establish a de-escalation zone in southern Syria, Jordan would reject the presence of Islamic State militants on its northern borders, or fighters supported by Iran.

Why southern Syria remains Jordan’s biggest security threat

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

Amman and Washington's concern about an Iranian land corridor from Tehran to Beirut through Iraq and Syria has raised questions about steps Jordan might take along its border with southern Syria, into which extremists are expanding.

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Osama Al Sharif

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Osama Al Sharif is a veteran journalist and political commentator based in Amman who specializes in Middle East issues. He can be reached at alsharif.osama@gmail.com. On Twitter: @plato010

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