Saudi war in Yemen impossible to win

As Yemen's civilian casualties mount and Arab coalition forces sustain further losses, it looks increasingly likely that Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen will only lead to more destruction.
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 Madawi Al-Rasheed for Al-Monitor on October 2

Should European states transport refugees themselves?

Refugees and migrants are paying thousands of dollars to smugglers to reach Europe, so why don't European governments cut into the trade and provide the migrants safe transportation?
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor on October 2

Aleppo residents celebrate Eid al-Adha, despite war

Syrians in Aleppo celebrate Eid al-Adha, despite the constant shelling by the regime forces.
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 Mohammed al-Khatieb for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on October 2

US-Iraqi relations need a reset

US-Iraqi relations have had their ups and downs since the 2003 invasion and withdrawal of US troops in 2011, and currently require a reassessment to establish a solid partnership between the two parties.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on October 2

Senate bill splits Iran deal advocates

Nuclear deal skeptics seek to put the screws on Tehran without blowing up the agreement.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on October 1

After Iran deal, can P5+1 tackle Syria civil war?

Major international parties continue to fumble for a solution to the Syria crisis as the plot thickens, and Russian airstrikes join the fray.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on October 1

PYD leader: Russia will stop Turkey from intervening in Syria

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, PYD leader Salih Muslim says Russia will prevent Turkey from intervening in Syria.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on October 1

Is Syria bringing Iran, Egypt together?

Egypt's seemingly shared interests with the Syrian government may provide grounds for improved relations with Iran.
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Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 1

Is Turkey's military returning to politics?

There are many and varied opinions about whether the military plans to intervene in Turkey's politics.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on October 1

Abbas at UN: Palestinian flag outside, warning flag inside

The Palestinian flag has been raised at the United Nations, but the address by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas failed to rally concern about the desperate and volatile current situation.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on October 1

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