The Israeli defense minister’s surprising offer

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman granted the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds an interview in an attempt to reach out to the Palestinian public while bypassing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on October 26

The many dimensions of Mosul, and what comes next

There's much more at play in Mosul than a campaign for its immediate liberation from the Islamic State.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on October 26

The real reason Tunisia renewed its state of emergency

The state of emergency in Tunisia was renewed nationwide despite the fact that the security situation has improved, which has raised questions on the reasons behind it.
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 Ahmed Nadhif for Al-Monitor on October 26

Iran unfazed by Saudi flexing in Persian Gulf

Saudi Arabia's large-scale military exercises may be cause for some concern in Iran, but Saudi capabilities in the Persian Gulf can't compare to those of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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 Abbas Qaidaari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 26

Will Cairo reverse decision to transfer islands to Riyadh?

As the Egyptian government defends in court its maritime border agreement with Saudi Arabia that transferred two Red Sea islands to Riyadh, a lawyer for the state provoked controversy after admitting the "islands are still Egyptian."
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 25

Why KRG will remain Turkey’s main ally in Iraq

Despite warnings from Turkish nationalist quarters about ultimate Kurdish aspirations, Ankara and Erbil are likely to maintain their pragmatic ties.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on October 25

Anti-IS troops are gaining ground on multiple fronts in Iraq

Strong collaboration is helping various Iraqi forces and the international alliance to advance toward the city of Mosul from all directions in the battle against the Islamic State.
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 Muhannad Al-Ghazi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on October 25

Is US reconsidering its support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war?

The recent missile attacks on US vessels off Yemen’s coast as well as the limited US response suggest that Washington may be disengaging from the war in Yemen and putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to follow suit.
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 Maysaa Shuja al-Deen for Al-Monitor on October 25

Cairo-Addis Ababa dispute over Oromo could derail dam talks

Ethiopia has accused Cairo of supporting anti-government protests by Oromo, which some fear could have negative repercussions on Renaissance Dam negotiations.
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 Mohamed Saied for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 25

Syria rejects Russian proposal for Kurdish federation

Russia's attempt to broker a Kurdish solution is warmly received by Kurds but gets the cold shoulder from Damascus.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 24

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