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New Iran bill doesn’t mandate up-or-down vote on nuclear deal

Legislation from the Senate Foreign Relations chairman would authorize — but not require — Congress to weigh in before sanctions can be lifted
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on February 27

Hasakah attack shows Islamic State not remaining on defensive

Although the international coalition airstrikes made progress against the Islamic State, the latter is still capable of gaining new lands.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on February 27

Lebanese army goes on offensive near border

The Lebanese army has launched wide attacks against extremist groups in Arsal and its surroundings, thus changing the rules of engagement
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on February 27

PA clamps down on security amid unrest in West Bank

Recent clashes in the West Bank between security officials and protesters have triggered Palestinian fears that stability will be difficult to restore.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 27

Shooting of Fatah activist could doom security cooperation

The security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is in jeopardy after Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Fatah activist in the Dheisheh refugee camp.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on February 27

Islamic State conspiracy theories sway Iraqis

Past events in US-Iraqi relations and the prevalence of conspiracy theories spread by the media as well as politicians have led Iraqis to doubt the sincerity of the US fight against the Islamic State.
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 Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 27

With eye on Mosul, coalition advisers train peshmerga

The international coalition against the Islamic State has provided weeks of training to prepare peshmerga fighters for a ground offensive to regain control of Mosul.
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 Kaylyn Hlavaty for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 27

Kurds push for delay of Mosul attack

Some in Congress share concerns that Sunnis aren't ready to take on the Islamic State.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on February 26

Why did Israel decide to support Syrian rebels?

After four years of fighting in Syria, Israel no longer seems neutral, and though the Israeli security establishment won't discuss it with the public, signs actually indicate that Israel has chosen to support the Sunni rebels.
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 Jacky Hugi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on February 26

Iran 'bound' to complete talks by March 31

Iranian media outlets believe that progress was made in the nuclear talks and that the nuclear talks are reaching a conclusion.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on February 26

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