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By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 02,2014
Barely a week had passed since a ceasefire agreement was reached by Palestinians and Israelis, through Egyptian mediation, before verbal clashes erupted between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas over the 50-day Gaza war. Abbas accused the Islamist resistanc
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 26,2014
For the first time since the break out of the Syrian crisis, in March 2011, there are indications that policies towards the Damascus regime are about to change drastically. That is not because President Bashar Assad altered his position since the uprising against him or vis-&agr
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 19,2014
The almost impossible task of salvaging Iraq has begun along two distinct, but interconnected, courses: political and military. Last week’s decision by former prime minister Nouri Al Maliki to withdraw his candidacy for a third term as head of the Iraqi government has pave
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 12,2014
The coming few hours will be crucial in determining if a political solution is found to end the war between Palestinian resistance forces in Gaza and Israel. A new three-day truce has been agreed upon and the Israeli delegation is back in Cairo to deliver its response to Palesti
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 05,2014
The Israeli war on Gaza has come to a temporary pause following an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour truce commencing on Tuesday morning. The difficult task of negotiating a long-term ceasefire has begun in Cairo. It could all collapse at anytime.
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 22,2014
As the assault on Gaza enters its third week, the Israeli army is no closer to achieving its military objectives than it was on the first day.
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 15,2014
The coming few hours will determine the fate of an Egyptian initiative to implement a ceasefire between Israel, which has accepted the deal, and Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza.
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 08,2014
It is difficult to understand the strategy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, if he has any, following the brutal murder of an Arab youth in occupied Jerusalem last week, apparently by a group of radical Jews.
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 01,2014
If there is anything to be learned from the events of the past few weeks in Iraq and Syria, it is that politics makes strange bedfellows. The enemies of yesterday could easily become the allies of today, although often only until the winds change direction again. The United Sta
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



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