Assad is Back. But the Syrian President’s three-phase master plan to portray himself to the world as the only alternative to ISIS was in vain

He’s back and he’s got everything to play for now. But can, asks Miriam Awadallah, Syria’s own despot stay in the game long enough to play one last hand? Hiding in the shadows of the…

Analysis: Won’t anti-IS strikes put Jordan in firing line of IS and Nusra militants?

  Already grappling with homegrown Islamists, Jordan has kicked the “hornet’s nest” by joining the US-led war on jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, analysts say. The Hashemite kingdom, a staunch ally of Washington, has…

Iran suffers 2nd take-off crash in weeks blamed on budget passenger planes, bought due to West’s sanctions

The Iranian plane crash that resulted in 48 causalities, 39 dead and nine severely wounded, on August 10 was caused by a malfunction in the plane’s motor followed by a failed alert signal, AFP revealed…

Déjà Jew. Netanyahu under fire for more histrionics at UN podium, Arab leaders scold him for ‘ludicrous’ speech

Some might accuse the Israeli leader of seriously dumbing down his helicopter viewpoint of the Middle East; others might argue that he simply lies about a great many issues which the American public simply cannot…

Syrian rebels not ‘mature’ enough and still can’t be trusted with sophisticated weapons –now may face backlash from ordinary people who feel ‘betrayed’

Western-backed rebels in Syria say they face a backlash from Syrians angered by the US-led offensive, which is threatening to complicate Washington’s plan to turn disparate rebel groups into a disciplined and ‘mature’ ground force…

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