Khamenei appoints new head of Iran's armed forces

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Mohammad Bagheri as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 28

Erdogan gloats over Brexit

Islamists hail the result of Britain’s referendum as the beginning of the end for the EU and the Atlantic’s dominance over world affairs.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on June 28

How Erdogan will spin his deal with Israel

Although Israel did not meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top condition of lifting the Gaza blockade, Erdogan is still hailing the reconciliation between the countries as a major win.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on June 28

Are hard-liners moving in on Iran's Oil Ministry?

Iranian hard-liners may be behind the replacement of the director of the National Iranian Oil Company, dealing a fresh blow to the pro-reform camp.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 28

Lebanese Christian village hit with eight suicide attacks in one day

The eight suicide attacks that targeted al-Qaa, a Christian village bordering Syria, might revive sectarian tension, especially between the residents of the village and the Syrian refugees.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor on June 28

Bloody power struggles continue in Iraq’s disputed territories

A rash of kidnappings, ambushes and bombs in Tuz Khormato are aggravating tensions between the ethnic components of the city despite efforts to balance security forces along sectarian lines.
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 Shelly Kittleson for Al-Monitor on June 28

UAE faces off against Palestinian Authority, again

The latent crisis between the UAE and the Palestinian Authority emerged again recently, after an article was published quoting an Emirati leader who described the PA as a failed and a corrupt entity.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 28

Why Israeli president is no partner for peace with Palestinians

President Reuven Rivlin, who devotes himself tirelessly to the preservation of Israeli democracy, is lending his image to the perpetuation of Israeli rule over millions of people under occupation.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on June 28

Will reviving old parliament bring Egypt-Sudan relations back to life?

Egyptian and Sudanese leaders could find solutions to their disputes by reinstating a formerly abandoned, shared parliamentary body.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 28

What Bahrain’s opposition crackdown means for country’s Brotherhood

Manama’s exclusion of popular political groups from Bahrain’s political scene, accompanied by a wide crackdown on opposition figures, could lead to militancy gaining broader power and appeal in the Shiite opposition.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on June 27

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