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The Dangers of Military Mission Creep in Syria

by : Daniel R. DePetris Washington must leave Damascus before it searches for new monsters to destroy and other reasons to stay. President Donald Trump was never especially enthralled with the notion of keeping several thousand U.S. troops in Eastern Syria over the long-term. Last April, he suggested to a …

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2019: 5 Places America Should Avoid Going to War

2018 was a year of breakthrough diplomacy and proxy warfare, Trumpian chaos and unexpected U.S. military drawdowns. An American president and a North Korean dictator shook hands for the very first time since the Korean Peninsula was divided into two nations. American pilots released more munitions in Afghanistan this year …

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Forget North Korea: Pakistan Might Be the Real Nuclear Threat

by: Daniel R. DePetris Could Pakistan be more of a nuclear security threat to Israel than Iran? Despite all of the attempts from the nuclear non-proliferation community, Pakistan will continue to develop and strengthen its nuclear deterrent as long as the high brass in the Pakistani military continues to have …

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What Should We Learn from 40 Years of U.S. Intervention in the Middle East?

by : Alireza Ahmadi The presence of America’s vaunted military cannot necessarily shape the political orientation and structure of societies. With the surprise announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, and to a lesser extent, the announcement of a drawdown of 7,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, many interventionist …

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Learning from the Folly of Middle Eastern Regime Change

by :Ted Galen Carpenter The naïve assumption of interventionists that U.S.-orchestrated forcible regime change would usher in new, democratic political systems was evident in Iraq, Libya and Syria. The hostile reaction among most members of Washington’s political and media elites to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from …

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US new sanctions to impact Iranian nation: Dorsey

James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, says the new US sanctions will affect the lives of the Iranian people. Dorsey also says, “Iran would retain the moral high ground by remaining committed to the JCPOA.” Following is …

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Macron so far has augmented French isolation

By: Mohammad Ghaderi French President Emmanuel Macron has recently criticized the unilateral pullout of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but at the same time expressed pleasure that Washington has allowed France and the other JCPOA signatories to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. In an …

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Saudi Arabia, dilemma over ruling colonial or police state

By: Seyedeh Mahdieh Qoreishi Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) announced the kickoff of Saudi Arabia’s massive Vision 2030 economic reform when implementation of these reforms required maximum stability and control of the country. To reach the goal of “stability”, MBS adopted an invasive policy, marginalized his political rivals, …

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Pompeo and Bolton want to torture Iranian nation

Washington (Web Desk) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his special representative for Iran Brian Hook have claimed that humanitarian supplies such as food and medicine are exempted from sanctions against Iran. If it were so, there must not have been a shortage of medicine in Iran and some …

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Rouhani urges prevention of corruption, money laundering

Tehran (Web Desk) Stating that Iranians are revolutionary, standing by each other in a great country, President Rouhani said, “we are a big family and it is natural to have problems. We should be proud of fighting corruption step by step.” Speaking at the regular weekly cabinet session on Wednesday, …

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