Why de-escalation of Ankara-PKK clashes doesn’t mean path to peace

The Turkish government has lowered the temperature of the war against the PKK because of the prevailing chaos in the army, police and intelligence services, but this is not a step toward peace.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on July 29

Even camels struggle to survive in war-torn, dry Iraq

The camel population in Iraq is dwindling as traditional camel herders are forced to settle in one place and grazing areas are consumed by development and drought.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 29

Can Iraq overcome its land mine infestation?

Efforts to rid Iraqi Kurdistan of millions of land mines are being hampered by financial problems, corruption and the Islamic State's tenacity in planting more mines.
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 Ibrahim Malazada for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 29

IDF's biggest threat today is internal, warns chief of staff

In a rare appearance before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot criticized politicians for acting against the Israeli military, using it for their own political agendas and eroding the public's trust.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 29

US rebukes Russia Aleppo plan as 'demand for surrender'

The United States criticized a Russian Defense Ministry announcement of “humanitarian corridors” for civilians to leave rebel-held eastern Aleppo, but US-Russian negotiations on deeper cooperation continue as the city is steadily falling to the regime.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on July 28

Libya's bungled oil deal

Rather than uniting Libya's feuding national oil companies and myriad rival militias, the United Nation’s clumsy attempts to restart oil exports have pushed them all into pitched battle.
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 Jason Pack for Al-Monitor on July 29

The AKP's path to the coup

Turkey today, exposed by the failed coup attempt, is a far cry from the country the Justice and Development Party promised 14 years ago.
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 Sukru Kucuksahin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 28

Why state of emergency brings back bad memories in Turkey

After a 14-year interval, Turkey has reintroduced a state of emergency not only in the southeast but across the entire country.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 29

PKK foreign relations head speaks out

Riza Altun, head of foreign relations for the Kurdistan Workers Party, speaks to As-Safir about the party’s point of view at this critical moment in the history of the region, following the latest military coup attempt in Turkey.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 29

Is new strategy needed for fighting IS in Syria?

In an interview with Al-Monitor, a senior member of the New Syrian Army, Abdulsalam Muzil, talks about his force’s achievements and what's to come in the battle against the Islamic State.
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 Asaad Hanna for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on July 28

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