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By Osama Al Sharif - Jun 24,2014
More than two weeks have passed since fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stormed the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, extending their control over the governorates of Nineveh, Salaheddin and Anbar. They have been assisted by armed Sunnis and forme
By Osama Al Sharif - Jun 17,2014
In retrospect, the Sunni uprising that is gripping northern and eastern Iraq today was bound to take place eventually. Eight years under Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki’s self-serving policies of political exclusion and marginalisation pushed Iraq’s Sunnis over the ed
By Osama Al Sharif - Jun 10,2014
With Sunday’s swearing in of Abdel Fattah Al Sisi as president of Egypt, in the presence of Arab, regional and international leaders and representatives, a tumultuous chapter in this country’s history nears its end. There is a sense of hope that after more than three
By Osama Al Sharif - Jun 03,2014
President Barack Obama’s foreign policy speech at the West Point Military Academy last week was criticised by pundits for being vague about America’s military response to ongoing and future crises around the world. The US president talked about America’s leader
By Osama Al Sharif - May 20,2014
It was only a matter of time before someone would step in to fill the power vacuum in Libya, and that was a nationalistic retired general, Khalifa Haftar, who had once led the nascent Libyan National Army, which was formed after the fall of Muammar Qadhafi in 2011. Last week, Ha
By Osama Al Sharif - May 13,2014
Unless swift and coordinated action is taken, the region will be overtaken by small but toxic wars that extend from western Iraq to eastern and southern Syria, and from northern Sinai to Yemen and parts of Saudi Arabia. The checkered battlefronts promise to exhaust regime resour
By Osama Al Sharif - May 06,2014
The race to the presidential palace in Egypt has officially kicked off this week with only two candidates in the race: Former defence minister Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, considered by most as the favourite, and underdog veteran politician for more than 40 years, Hamdeen Sabahi. There
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 29,2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas knew that he could never fill the shoes of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, the avuncular leader of the Palestinian people. Arafat’s charisma and intuitive style of leadership were in contrast to Abbas’ reserved demeanour and bureau
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 22,2014
In an extraordinary development, last Wednesday Royal Jordanian Air Force intercepted and then destroyed at least four vehicles that tried to cross the border from Syria. It was an unexpected escalation that underlined Jordan’s determination to stop the flow of infiltrator
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 15,2014
Someone who is not familiar with the Arab world would be excused if he believed that democracy is thriving in this part of the globe. Elections are due to take place in Algeria, Iraq and Egypt.

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