Egypt’s missing activists resurface in prison

Mysterious arrests are on the rise in Egypt, leaving citizens feeling vulnerable to both the precarious security situation and security forces.
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Ahmed Ateyya for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 3

IS fights for its window to the Mediterranean

As the Islamic State is gaining ground in Homs, which is close to the Lebanese border, the Lebanese army is preparing to counter any attempt to turn North Lebanon into an emirate affiliated with the terrorist organization.
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 Esperance Ghanem for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on July 3

Questions emerge over Hamas' ability to secure Gaza

The disappearance of Mahmoud Salfiti, a Salafist prisoner who had been granted a 24-hour leave to visit his family, raises questions about Hamas’ ability to control and secure the Gaza Strip.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 3

Zarif: US must decide between deal, sanctions

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discusses the final steps necessary to seal the Iran deal.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on July 2

Opportunities for US-Iran cooperation await nuclear deal

If signed, a nuclear accord might spur better relations between the United States and Iran.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on July 2

Iran's conservatives suspicious after IAEA head's visit

Iranian conservatives believe that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, traveled to Tehran to resolve issues over possible military dimensions.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on July 2

New units step toward reforming Kurdish peshmerga

Some Kurdish officials are hopeful that new peshmerga brigades will be immune to politicization.
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 Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 2

Israel, PA officials disagree over source of West Bank violence

Despite the recent spate of attacks, Palestinian security officials argue that neither Fatah nor Hamas are interested in escalating the situation with Israel and emphasize that Israeli policies create continuous frustration among West Bank residents.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on July 3

Erdogan looks for military victory to avenge electoral defeat

Some observers believe that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to force Turkey into a confrontation with Syria before a coalition government is formed.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on July 2

Is Jabhat al-Nusra behind Ghouta demonstrations?

Eastern Ghouta has been recently witnessing popular demonstrations against the armed factions, raising questions about Jabhat al-Nusra’s involvement.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 2

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