US rebukes Russia Aleppo plan as 'demand for surrender'

The United States criticized a Russian Defense Ministry announcement of “humanitarian corridors” for civilians to leave rebel-held eastern Aleppo, but US-Russian negotiations on deeper cooperation continue as the city is steadily falling to the regime.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on July 28

The AKP's path to the coup

Turkey today, exposed by the failed coup attempt, is a far cry from the country the Justice and Development Party promised 14 years ago.
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 Sukru Kucuksahin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 28

Is new strategy needed for fighting IS in Syria?

In an interview with Al-Monitor, a senior member of the New Syrian Army, Abdulsalam Muzil, talks about his force’s achievements and what's to come in the battle against the Islamic State.
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 Asaad Hanna for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on July 28

Baghdad-Erbil bickering overshadows Mosul battle

Since the Iraqi central government excluded the Kurdistan Regional Government from a meeting for the anti-IS coalition in Washington, tension has been escalating between Baghdad and the Kurds, who stressed that they will not leave areas in Ninevah liberated from IS.
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 Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 28

Will Hamas accept new Egypt-brokered deal with Israel?

Egypt is making efforts in sealing an exchange deal between Israel and Hamas, yet observers question whether Hamas will accept it given the strained ties between the movement and Cairo.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 28

Are IDF soldiers shooting Palestinians against orders?

The trial of IDF soldier Elor Azaria, who is suspected of shooting a Palestinian assailant on the ground, must bring back to the spotlight other cases where IDF soldiers shot Palestinians who didn't threaten their lives.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on July 27

Parliament to take on Egypt’s notorious prisons

As allegations continue to mount against Egypt’s penal institutions, legislators plan to visit the lockups to see the conditions for themselves.
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 Rania Rabeaa Elabd for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 27

Profile of a dedicated Gulenist in Turkey's army

As details of the July 15 coup attempt emerge, a clearer picture is forming of the massive and strategic infiltration of the Turkish military by officers affiliated with the Fethullah Gulen movement.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on July 27

Can Israel close US aid deal before US elections?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being pressured by his associates and the security system to conclude the US security aid deal with the current administration.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on July 27

Gazans take to social media in reaction to Turkish coup attempt

The failed Turkish coup divided Gazans between supporters and opponents, as some praised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for foiling the coup.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on July 27

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