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By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 13,2018
Syria has become a congested arena for various state and no-state combatants, each with its own agenda. So much so that Saturday's precarious incident, when Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli F-16 fighter jet over northern Galilee, appeared inevitable.
By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 06,2018
In a rare phenomenon, this year will see a number of legislative and presidential elections take place across the Arab world. Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and even Libya and Tunisia are all lining up to hold what can only be described as crucial elections.
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 30,2018
The Syrian regime has never had it so good; a reversal in fortunes since it faced an almost certain debacle in the late summer of 2015 before a Russian military intervention in September of that year provided a new lease on life.
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 23,2018
There have been many speculations over President Donald Trump's plan to reach an ultimate deal between Israel and the Palestinians, and until  December 6, when the US president announced his infamous decision with regard to Jerusalem, the Palestinian leadership was cautiousl
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 16,2018
There was an ironic sense of déjà vu surrounding Sunday's meeting of the Palestine Central Committee (PCC) in Ramallah; a feeling that we have been here before. And that is true in many ways.
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 09,2018
There is little doubt that the US decision to withhold or delay payment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is more than an impulsive reaction against the Palestinian leadership in the wake of the political storm caused by
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 02,2018
What Russia wants to achieve in Sochi later this month remains uncertain as the Syrian opposition, including key military factions, have decided not to attend.
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 26,2017
Despite world-wide sympathy for the Palestinians in the wake of the unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reaction to President Mahmoud Abbas' declaration that Washington has disqualified itself as an honest broker and was no longer accepted as a peace
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 20,2017
The year 2017 will be looked upon as setting a crucial milestone in the long and costly war against jihadists and in particular the self-proclaimed "caliphate" of Daesh.
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 12,2017
It will take many years for Iraq to fully recover from the deep wounds left by Daesh, the self-proclaimed “caliphate” whose fighters swept through the country in 2014 wreaking havoc and occupying more than one-third of its territory at one point.



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