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Trump, Iran sanctions and the danger of war

The fact that Trump announced the U.S. intent to violate the nuclear agreement is a potentially dangerous development.
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What to make of Iran’s demonstrations

The future of Iran is not to be decided by Trump, Tillerson and Haley, nor Clinton, Obama and the rest.
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Iran survives, thrives under sanctions and threats

Analysis of the elections in Iran
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‘War crimes’ in Syria but business as usual in Iraq and Yemen?

How can you tell when war crimes are being committed? How do you know if civilian casualties of war are victims of a murderous campaign or simply “c...
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U.S. air strikes help ISIS – A mistake?

On Sept. 17, U.S. fighter jets bombed Syrian government forces.
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Turkish military enters Syria

On Aug. 25, for the first time in the five-year civil war, Turkey’s military crossed over into Syrian territory and engaged directly in a ground ope...
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ISIS suffers setbacks, US policy in conundrum

The tide is turning against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.
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Syria: U.S. Special Ops Forces to Fight Against ISIS or Damascus?

There is a real danger, in the not so distant future, of incremental increases in U.S. forces in Syria leading to another U.S. invasion.
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Will the U.S. abandon ‘Assad must go’?

On March 27, the Syrian military forced the Islamic State out of Palmyra and retook the historic city.
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Behind the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict

On Jan. 2, Saudi Arabia announced the execution of 47 people, some by beheading and others by firing squads.