Iran judiciary: Corruption not limited to high salaries

The spokesman for Iran's judiciary announced that a total of four individuals have so far been arrested with a case involving Bank Mellat.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 25

Critical meeting will determine fate of Turkish forces post-coup

Recognizing the urgent need for military changes following the coup attempt, Turkey's leaders have moved up the date of their Supreme Military Council meeting to this week.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on July 25

Series of scandals rocks Israeli Orthodox Zionism

The gay-hate speech of Rabbi Yigal Levenstein, past statements by IDF Chief Rabbi Eyal Karim and the indictment of Gen. Ofek Buchris on alleged rape must drive Orthodox Zionism to do some serious soul-searching.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 25

How Erdogan used the power of the mosques against coup attempt

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used state-employed imams to rally citizens to denounce the attempted coup July 15, highlighting the strength of Turkey's Religious Affairs Department.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on July 25

As national pride surges, Turkey's flag sellers struggle to profit

Following the coup attempt, Turkey's public squares have turned into a sea of red as supporters of the government wave flags late into the night; yet while business is booming for producers, many flag sellers are struggling to make a profit during Turkey's new festive holiday.
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 Mel Plant for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 25

Will Hamas, Dahlan join forces in upcoming local elections?

Hamas has accepted to participate in the local elections that the Palestinian government announced to be held in October, but some observers believe the current division might obstruct said elections.
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 Hazem Balousha for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 25

Rouhani’s bet on nuke deal may cost him at the polls

One year out from their country's next presidential election, Iranians are wondering whether incumbent Hassan Rouhani will pay a price for striking a nuclear deal with the United States — and whether the US presidential battle will play a role.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on July 25

Will Israel create safe zone in southern Syria?

According to Syrian opposition figures, Israel is increasingly interested in creating a safe zone in southern Syria, and actions on the ground suggest that such a project may be underway.
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 Nour Samaha for Al-Monitor on July 25

Erdogan's crackdown on enemies just getting started after failed coup

Is the Turkish military "infested" with Gulenists? Iran expects shift in Turkey’s Syria policies after standing by Erdogan; Turkish documents detail Islamic State operations.
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on July 24

Will Sadrists target US troops in Iraq?

As the United States announced it would send an extra 560 troops to Iraq to participate in the battle to liberate Mosul from Islamic State control, Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militias threatened to target them.
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 Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 24

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