Why Sahrawi refugees don't count on census to provide relief

Some international parties are pushing for an independent census regarding the number of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria, but some in the camps say they have reasons to be opposed.
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 Habibulah Mohamed Lamin for Al-Monitor on June 30

Has Turkey finally made nice with Russia?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s apology appears to have broken the ice with Russia, but the relationship still needs time to thaw.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on June 30

Iran forges ahead with Atlantic ambitions

Iran moves forward with its plans to establish a naval presence in the Atlantic Ocean, announcing progress in the construction of new frigates.
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 Abbas Qaidaari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 30

Why Brexit makes life harder for Turkey

By voting to leave the European Union, Britons not only deepened Europe’s crisis, but dealt a blow to Turkey as well.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on June 30

What airport attack means for Turkey's Syria policy

Government circles say the Istanbul airport attack was a reaction to Turkey’s reconciliation with Israel and Turkey; IS may be angry with Turkey, but not for those reasons.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on June 30

Will Syrian Kurdish forces advance on Raqqa?

The head of Rojava’s interior committee Kanaan Barakat speaks to Al-Monitor about the achievements of the autonomous administration, the potential for an advance on Raqqa and relations with the Syrian regime.
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 Massoud Hamed for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on June 30

Why Hamas resumed ties with Iran

In light of its worsening financial crisis and need for military support, Hamas has resumed relations with Tehran, which have been strained since the start of the Syrian revolution.
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 Hazem Balousha for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 29

Will airport attack push Ankara to revive peace process with PKK?

If Turks had any delusion of seeing IS somehow less dangerous than the PKK, then they must have been woken by the ferocious attack on the Ataturk airport.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on June 29

Will Popular Mobilization Units participate in battle for Mosul?

Popular Mobilization Units leaders insist on participating in the fight to liberate Mosul, despite renewed demands by some Sunni politicians to exclude the units because of their history of human rights violations.
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 Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on June 29

Why Israel canceled controversial military directive

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot has canceled the Hannibal Directive, designed to prevent at any cost the abduction of Israeli soldiers.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on June 29

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