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What is Russia's end game in Afrin?

Growing US-Kurdish ties and a possible change in Turkey's position on Assad may be behind Moscow's tacit support.<p>Turkey launched its air and ground operation against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian enclave of Afrin on Saturday, with Moscow turning a blind eye on the military offensive.<p>Russian forces …

Middle East

How the U.S. and Israel Can Reshape the Middle East

Iran's rise has created new opportunities for an old alliance.<p>At a dinner the other evening in Tel Aviv, the former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon said, “There are more changes happening in the Middle East today than at any time since the 7th century.” He was referring, of course, …

Middle East

China May Be the Biggest Winner of All If Assad Takes Over Syria

Russia's bombardment of Syrian rebel positions and open backing of the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria meant that Moscow's role in the six-year …

Exclusive Analysis: A Coherent Arab Strategy Would Curb Iran’s Influence

If the year 2017 started with relations between Iran and Arab countries in stormy mode, it ended with even darker clouds on the horizons.<p>The …

Middle East

America Quietly Starts Nation-Building in Parts of Syria

The U.S. has escalated its presence in the country, and has signaled no timetable for when it will end.<p>Announcing his new Afghanistan strategy in August, President Donald Trump insisted “we are not nation-building again.” The pledge—made while increasing indefinitely the American commitment to the …

Middle East

Why are so many countries expanding in the Red Sea?

Turkey has signed a $650m deal to develop an island on the Red Sea.<p>Turkey has signed an agreement with Sudan that will allow it to have a military presence on the Red Sea.<p>It is the latest country to expand into the area.<p>The list of countries already in the region or building bases there include: …

Red Sea

see documentaries of 2017

From the Boy who Started the Syrian War to Taking Back Marawi - these are the documentaries you need to watch.<p>Al Jazeera has released dozens of documentaries in the last 12 months, many of them award-winning.<p>So we've compiled a list of our must-see documentaries of 2017, covering some of the year's …

Middle East