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Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process: Nominal Summit for Real Afghan Peace

Alwaght– The ninth “Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process” on Afghanistan was held in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe on Monday. The summit, with “strengthening consensus for peace and development” as its slogan, kicked off with the speeches of President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan. The security challenges and ...

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Iraqi Demand for Iran Power Supply Increase: Drivers, Messages

Alwaght- As the heat season arrives, the power shortage again presents itself in Iraq as a top challenge and concerning case for the government in Baghdad. In past years, power shortage sparked protests especially in the southern provinces, with the ptotesters expressing discontent with the poor government performance in supplying ...

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How Significant is Ma’rib Liberation in Yemen Conflict?

How Significant is Ma’rib Liberation in Yemen Conflict? Alwaght– Yemen’s Ma’rib province in the past few days has become the central focus of the six-year war. As the Yemeni army and popular committees already consolidated their positions by winning more than a battle against the Saudi and resigned President Abdrabbuh ...

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Biden’s Bin Salman Snub: Possible Scenarios and Effects

Alwaght– White House Spokeswoman Jen Psaki on February 16 said President Joe Biden plans to put the US relations with Saudi Arabia in a new canal and deal only with Saudi King Salman rather than his son and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The move represents a return to ‘counterpart ...

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Fire Under the Ashes: How Are UAE-Egypt Differences Surfacing Despite Playing Allies?

Alwaght– Over the past decade, ambitions of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and the UAE de facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to transform the Persian Gulf Arab state into a regional power and a leading nation in the Arab world have been a source of differences with most important ...

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Ankara-Erbil-Washington Coordinated In Turkish Operation in Northern Iraq?

Alwaght– Operation Eagle Claw 2 is the latest in a series of Turkey’s operations in neighboring Iraq’s north. Over the past few days, fierce clashes erupted between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Turkish forces in Garreh Mountain in Duhok province of the Kurdistan region. The operation comes as in ...

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Ankara-Erbil-Washington Coordinated In Turkish Operation in Northern Iraq?

Alwaght- Operation Eagle Claw 2 is the latest in a series of Turkey’s operations in neighboring Iraq’s north. Over the past few days, fierce clashes erupted between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Turkish forces in Garreh Mountain in Duhok province of the Kurdistan region. The operation comes as in ...

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Why Is Biden Silent About Iraq Policy?

Alwaght- Less than a month after his inauguration, Joe Biden and his foreign policy team have made clear their stances almost on all important foreign policy cases. While the new US president was expected to reveal a new policy regarding Iraq, he has so far avoided to do so. Even ...

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What’s Behind Iranian Judiciary Chief’s Iraq Visit?

Alwaght- The chief of Islamic Republic of Iran’s Judiciary Ayatollah Sayyed Ibrahim Raisi visited Iraq on February 8 at an official invitation of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council Faeq Zaydan. Upon his arrival, Raisi visited the site of assassination of the Iran’s top General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Abu Mahdi ...

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Why Are Turkish Alawites Being Victims to Radicalism?

Alwaght- Recently, Turkish media reported that Alawite minority’s homes in Yalova province in northwestern Turkey have been marked “X” with red paint. Such racist moves against this minority are not unprecedented, and they in the past have been subjected to such threatening actions. This has been a source of great ...

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