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Comment: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen takes a deep dive into what's driving bin Zayed's aggressive foreign policy agenda, the risks involved, and the future of UAE's alignment with Saudi Arabia.

Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security partnerships with the Syrian regime.

This is why Iran targeted Iraq's Ain al-Asad base

The New Arab

This is why Iran targeted Iraq's Ain al-Asad base

Explainer: In targeting Ain al-Asad, Iran wanted to send a message to Donald Trump.

Yemen in Focus: UAE wants its Aden power-station back

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: UAE wants its Aden power-station back

This week we look at a bizarre move by the UAE in Aden, the end of its Red Crescent programme, Houthi execution and a five-year siege of Taiz.

Houthi court issues 'subpoena' for Trump, Obama and MbS

The New Arab

Houthi court issues 'subpoena' for Trump, Obama and MbS

A Houthi court has summoned prominent figures such as Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The New Arab & agencies

Trump says US will keep 400 troops in Syria

US President Donald Trump has backtracked on a pledge to pull American troops out of Syria.

Paul Iddon

The future of US troops in Syria and Iraq

Analysis: With rising anti-US sentiment in both countries, President Trump may not be able to keep troops deployed, even if he wants to, notes ...

Bashdar Ismaeel

The Islamic State group will be back after Baghouz

Comment: Any focus on victory over IS ignores the immense work ahead, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

The New Arab & agencies

SDF calls for coalition troops to stay

The leader of the Kurdish-led forces instrumental to destroying IS calls for coalition forces to remain in Syria.

Trump's shutdown aims to weaken the American political system

Imad K. Harb

Trump's shutdown aims to weaken the American political system

Comment: Trump's recent actions are proof that he is determined to set the American house ablaze without regard to the interests of those ...

Emile Nakhleh

US pullout from Syria is all risks, no gain

Comment: Donald Trump's haphazard foreign policy decisions show a lack of knowledge of regional dynamics and bring no benefit to the United ...

Trump says US withdrawal from Syria will be 'prudent'

The New Arab & agencies

Trump says US withdrawal from Syria will be 'prudent'

President Donald Trump appears to have backpedaled on a previous commitment for the swift US withdrawal from Syria.

America's speedy exit could hand Afghanistan to Taliban

Bashdar Ismaeel

America's speedy exit could hand Afghanistan to Taliban

Comment: Afghanistan finds itself in a precarious political and security position, with the resurgent Taliban a persistent thorn on the side of ...

Turkey warns France 'no benefit' in protecting Kurd militia

The New Arab

Turkey warns France 'no benefit' in protecting Kurd militia

Turkey's foreign minister warned France would not gain in any way by retaining forces to protect a Kurdish militia in Syria.

Macron slams Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Macron slams Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria

France President Macron has slammed a decision by the US to pull its troops out of Syria.

Bashdar Ismaeel

Trump's hasty Syria withdrawal spells uncertain times for Kurds

Comment: A hasty US withdrawal would leave the region in state of greater instability than when Washington arrived, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

The New Arab & agencies

US observation posts 'in place' on Syria-Turkey border

The US has sad that American observation posts are now in place on the Syrian-Turkish border.

The New Arab & agencies

Congress to 'rebuke' Saudi Arabia, Trump administration over Khashoggi

Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The New Arab

No coalition consensus on foreign fighters detained in Syria

Countries will individually decide on the fate of hundreds of foreign fighters detained in Syria as part of the US-led campaign against Islamic ...

Battle over Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria intensifies

Manuel Langendorf

Battle over Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria intensifies

More than a year after the fall of Raqqa, Islamic State group militants still control territory. The gruelling battle to re-take Deir az-Zour ...

International Crisis Group

Six steps to make most of Senate’s Yemen vote

Comment: The Senate vote is an opportunity to move to end the war in Yemen that must not be missed, writes the International Crisis Group.

CIA chief 'prohibited from briefing' Senate on Khashoggi murder

The New Arab

CIA chief 'prohibited from briefing' Senate on Khashoggi murder

Gina Haspel will not be present at a planned private briefing on US relations with Saudi Arabia, in which the secretary of state and the defence ...

US demands Saudi Arabia halt Yemen air strikes

The New Arab

US demands Saudi Arabia halt Yemen air strikes

The US has demanded that Saudi Arabia halt military action in Yemen, in a new push for peace in the country.

US troops will remain in Syria 'until Iran leaves'

The New Arab & agencies

US troops will remain in Syria 'until Iran leaves'

“We’re not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias", said John ...

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