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US says Iran promised swift release of sailors

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

An incident in which US sailors were held by Iran in the Gulf waters comes at a particularly sensitive moment, as implementation day for last year's nuclear deal is expected within days.

US presidential candidates weigh in on Russia, Putin, Middle East

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Al-Monitor takes the pulse of the US presidential candidates' varied stances on the Middle East crises and on Vladimir Putin and his role in international politics.

US scrambles to curb damage from Saudi-Iranian fallout

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

American diplomats try to salvage Syria peace efforts and avert the further deterioration of Iranian-Saudi relations after Saudi Arabia abruptly severed diplomatic relations with Iran on Jan. 3.

UN hopes to hit 'moving target' of Syria talks by late January

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to hold the first talks between representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition in almost two years in Geneva by the end of January.

Zarif: Iran sees 'mostly negative signals' from US

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in an interview with Al-Monitor, confirmed brief bilateral exchanges with Saudi counterparts and said numerous disagreements remain inside the international Syria support group on a political transition.

US presidential candidates speak out on Syria

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The leading US presidential candidates have differing positions on Syria, combating the Islamic State and the admission of Syrian refugees to the United States.

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