What is Turkey’s military strategy in Syria?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement once again revealed that Turkey's priority in Syria is not fighting against the Islamic State, but in stopping Kurds' advances in Syria.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on September 27

Khamenei puts stop to Ahmadinejad's return

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad finally puts an end to months of speculation about whether he will run for office in next year’s presidential vote.
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 Misha Zand for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 27

Is Iran's Rouhani about to ditch his long-time patron?

Rumor has is that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is distancing himself from his longtime patron Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
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 Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 27

Likud cheers as Netanyahu returns, but polls tell another story

The Israeli prime minister's triumphant return from New York was topped off by the Likud's festive New Year celebration, leaving Benjamin Netanyahu feeling stronger than ever — at least within his own party.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on September 27

Why is Congress fighting Netanyahu’s battle?

US senators are pressuring the Obama administration to follow policies toward the Palestinians that match those favored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on September 27

Will next US president shift Washington's Yemen policy?

To be seen as a legitimate peace broker, the United States must urge all sides in the Yemeni civil war to make necessary compromises.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on September 27

Egypt's former top auditor says his trial is political

In an interview with Al-Monitor, the former head of Egypt’s Accountability State Authority, Hisham Geneina, speaks about his controversial statements on corruption that landed him a jail sentence, calling the judiciary “flawed.”
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 26

Iran releases jailed Iranian-Canadian academic

Just back from New York, President Hassan Rouhani has been harshly reminded that engagement with the United States should not go beyond the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Iran releases a detained Iranian-Canadian professor.
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 Misha Zand for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 26

Foreign policy mishaps prove costly for Turkish contractors

The AKP government’s foreign policy blunders have cost Turkish contractors abroad $16 billion of revenue losses.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 26

How a kick rattled Turkey

Turkish women take to the streets to denounce conservative pressures after a young nurse is assaulted on a public bus for wearing shorts.
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 Sibel Hurtas for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 26

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