Israel, not Iran, started Middle East nuclear arms race

The Vienna deal will not start a nuclear arms race in the region — an arms race has been underway in the Middle East for 65 years.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on July 28

Iran's dos and don'ts for talking about the nuclear deal

Iran's Culture Ministry believes the nuclear negotiations are a national security issue and specific guidelines must be followed in their coverage to prevent divisions in society.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on July 28

Is Turkey really committed to fighting IS?

Turkey's striking harder at the PKK than at the Islamic State has raised concerns that it is pursuing the domestic political agenda of the Justice and Development Party to marginalize the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party and gain sole control in early elections.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on July 28

Hamas visit to Riyadh strikes nerve in Iran

A Hamas delegation recently visited Saudi Arabia to bolster relations between both parties, as Iran fumed.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 28

International intrigue surrounds missing Czechs in Lebanon

Speculation has it that the disappearance of five Czech nationals in the Bekaa Valley is connected to an alleged Lebanese smuggler who is wanted by the United States, is being detained in Prague and has supposed ties to deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on July 28

Salehi speaks on 'secret side deal' with IAEA

In an interview with Iranian state television, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, talked about the agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency of how the inspections of specific sites will be handled.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on July 27

Libya scrambles to find Gadhafi's missing billions

The Libyan government is coming up with a plan to recover the funds as foreign reserves dry up and oil revenues decline.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 27

Is PKK real target of Turkish strikes?

Turkey’s decision to open two fronts, against the Islamic State and the PKK, complicates US cooperation with Kurds in Syria.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on July 27

The case for releasing Pollard

US authorities deny any linkage between the Iran deal and the fact that it won't oppose the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard later this year.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on July 27

Travel permits aim to manage, not solve, Palestine-Israel conflict

Palestinians were granted permits to travel to Israel for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, but larger issues remain.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on July 27

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