Time for decisions on Iran deal

The US and Iran signaled negotiations to reach a political agreement for an Iran nuclear deal are likely to go down to the wire March 31.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on March 27

Riyadh's war on Yemen stokes Saudi nationalism

Saudi Arabia's war on Houthis in Yemen is key to rallying the domestic Saudi populace after the regime's repeated failures to obtain a victory over Iran.
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 Madawi Al-Rasheed for Al-Monitor on March 27

Will Iran respond to Saudi offense in Yemen?

Saudi Arabia's airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen come as a last resort, since Houthis have refused all dialogue.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on March 27

Rouhani writes Obama as Iran talks enter endgame

Iran President Hassan Rouhani wrote US President Obama and called other P5+1 leaders as foreign ministers from six world powers are expected to join Iran talks over the weekend to try to reach a political agreement on an Iran nuclear deal by March 31.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on March 26

Iran condemns Saudi bombing of Yemen

Hard-line Iranian officials have condemned the United States and Saudi Arabia for the bombing in Yemen and have warned of consequences for Saudi Arabia.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on March 26

Hamas hopes to expand regional relations

Hamas is seeking to expand its regional relations, namely with Egypt, which is seemingly trying to ease tensions with the movement.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 26

Are Turkey's young IS recruits now a domestic threat?

Young Turks are increasingly attracted to the Islamic State's radical doctrines, believing their own country's brand of political Islam to be superficial, yet the Turkish government remains unconcerned with the increasing radicalization.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 26

Israel takes Hezbollah threats seriously

The Israel Defense Forces have altered the topographical contours of the Western Galilee to create a steep cliff adjacent to the border with Lebanon, with the objective of turning the ground into a strategic advantage against Hezbollah.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on March 26

Palestinian national unity priority after Israeli elections

In light of the results of the Israeli elections and amid a storm of accusations between Palestine and Israel, high-level Hamas leaders see Palestinian unity as a key component for enabling a possible solution to the deep-rooted conflict.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on March 26

No 'deal' for Lebanese singer turned militant

Amid the speculation, public resentment and mixed views that have been surrounding the case of Fadel Shaker, will the former singer, now militant, manage to find a way out?
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 Esperance Ghanem for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on March 27

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