US allies mobilize on two fronts against IS, but Sunnis wary

US-backed Iraqi forces have encircled Fallujah, and mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces have advanced on villages north of Raqqa, but Sunni residents are terrified of retribution by Kurdish and Shiite local forces preparing to liberate those cities from the Islamic State.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on May 25

Uproar over police brutality against Israeli Arab

Israeli passers-by documented border police officers beating an Israeli-Arab youth working in a Tel Aviv grocery store.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on May 25

Turkey's Islamists, nationalists both silent on Israeli weapons flow to Azerbaijan

Turkey’s Islamist and ultra-nationalists are curbing their opposition — at least outwardly — to Israel, which is supplying Azerbaijan with weapons to fight Armenia.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on May 25

Head of pro-Sisi coalition denies attempts to take control of Egypt's parliament

Saad al-Gamal, the head of the pro-government Support Egypt coalition, speaks to Al-Monitor about the most pressing issues facing parliament and responds to accusations of trying to take control of the legislature.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 24

Erdogan irked as major players snub humanitarian summit

Turkey was expecting representatives from "all" countries to attend the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 25

Gaza calls for death penalty

Citizens in the Gaza Strip are pressuring Hamas to implement the death penalties in cases of murders, robberies and physical attacks, without awaiting the endorsement of President Mahmoud Abbas.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 24

Syrians describe 'most dangerous journey ever' fleeing IS territories

Civilians in areas under IS control are barred from leaving, but many are nonetheless risking their lives to flee the group's grip.
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 Mohammed al-Khatieb for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on May 25

As climate changes, has Mideast refugee crisis just begun?

New reports are drawing attention to the possibility that global warming could worsen the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor on May 24

Why hasn't Egypt taken a clear stance on Syria?

Since Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power two years ago, Egypt has repeatedly stated that it wants to preserve the Syrian state and army, but it has been vague when it comes to voicing an opinion on the regime itself.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 23

Are Palestinians concerned over Minister Liberman?

Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and Gaza say they do not fear incoming new Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on May 23

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