Is Islamic State 'secondary priority' for Saudi Arabia?

Riyadh is preoccupied with the military campaign in Yemen; Velayati tells Lebanese officials there will be no deal on Assad; the Turkish opposition party is under attack ahead of June 7 elections.
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on May 24

Why Saudi Arabia's Yemen war is not producing victory

Saudi Arabia is seen as having jumped into the war in Yemen without having thought out the consequences for itself, the United States and the struggle against the Islamic State.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on May 22

Minister warns of Libya's division

Al-Monitor interviewed the Libyan undersecretary of the Information Ministry, Haitham al-Hadi Kamouka, who talked about some countries’ attempts to divide Libya into three states.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on May 22

Did Ya'alon cave in to settler pressure?

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon revoked his decision to separate Palestinian and Israeli bus passengers traveling to the territories following an international outcry about apartheid, as well as harsh criticism in Israel.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on May 21

Turkish navy outlines 2033 vision

The Turkish navy aims at becoming a major global force by 2033.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on May 21

Shifting tides in PA-EU relationship

Since the Vatican recognized the state of Palestine, Palestinians are hoping more European states will follow suit.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 22

Khamenei draws line on military sites, nuclear scientists

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Iran would not allow inspections into military sites nor allow nuclear scientists to be interrogated.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on May 20

Khamenei adviser visits Beirut

During a visit to Beirut, Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, expressed his country’s appreciation to the achievements of Hezbollah in the Qalamoun area, while stressing that Iran will not interfere in internal Lebanese issues.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on May 20

Former Hamas official speaks out

In this interview with Al-Monitor, Ahmed Yousef, former political adviser to deputy chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, weighs in on the negotiations with Israel, the future of a potential reconciliation with Fatah and international relations.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 21

Attacks on Syrians in Turkey increasing

Increasing numbers of Turks are angered over the social and economic consequence of Turkey hosting some 2 million Syrian refugees.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on May 20

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