Why Saudi Arabia is vulnerable to the Islamic State

After recent Islamic State attacks on Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's sectarian vulnerabilities have been further exposed.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on May 29

Al-Qaeda theorist calls for infiltrating political systems

Abdullah Bin Mohammed, an al-Qaeda theorist, believes jihadists need to adopt a new strategy of attaining legitimacy by rebranding themselves and working from within political systems, an idea that might already have taken root in Syria.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on May 29

What does peace mean for Gazans?

The current situation in Palestine is similar to what it was before the Oslo Accord, which does not necessarily mean that a new peace agreement might be reached with Israel.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on May 29

Ramadi's displaced find restrictions, not refuge, in Baghdad

The exodus of displaced people fleeing Iraq's Anbar province after the Islamic State imposed its control there should be an opportunity for the Iraqi government to unify efforts of all sects in the face of terrorism.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on May 28

Hamas seeks reconciliation with Salafists

Faced with numerous security challenges, Hamas leaders appear to have settled on reconciliation with Salafists in Gaza rather than force of arms.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 29

Syrian opposition defends Eastern Ghouta situation

In an interview, Jaish al-Islam spokesman Capt. Islam Alloush told Al-Monitor that the group is confident its goals will be achieved in besieged eastern Ghouta as it is transforming its "militia into a real army."
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 Shelly Kittleson for Al-Monitor on May 28

Lebanon hopes for return of kidnapped soldiers

As Lebanese media outlets report a deal with Jabhat al-Nusra for the release of 16 Lebanese soldiers kidnapped during the battle of Arsal in August, questions remain about support for the terrorist organization in Lebanese territory.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on May 27

Shiites reel from attack in Saudi province

Saudi authorities need to curb hate speech against Shiites and take positive action to help its Shiite community, as well.
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 Madawi Al-Rasheed for Al-Monitor on May 26

EU envoys: Iran talks may go beyond June 30 deadline

European diplomats said May 26 that progress was slow in drafting a final Iran nuclear accord and predicted talks would go down to the June 30 deadline or beyond.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on May 26

Is Turkey arming radical groups in Syria?

A trial of gendarmerie officers and prosecutors in Istanbul is producing embarrassing revelations for the government.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on May 26

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