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What’s in store for Mosul after ISIS?

By: Jamie Dettmer Source: VOA News The battle for Mosul has been bloody and slow — for Iraqi soldiers and civilians alike. Since Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake the city, ISIS’s last major urban stronghold in the country, last October, Iraqi troops have had to endure rockets and mortars, suicide-bombings and sniper fire, as well as unconventional small drone attacks. With Iraqi forces now focused on the western half of the city after a months-long slog to secure east Mosul, questions about what will happen to the city after ISIS fighters have finally been ousted are becoming more urgent. Added to the concerns about how Mosul will be governed, and how sectarian groups can be...

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Saudi Arabia and Israel agree on need to contain Iran

By: John Irish and Andrea Shalal Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage MUNICH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and Israel both called on Sunday for a new push against Iran, signaling a growing alignment in their interests, while U.S. lawmakers promised to seek new sanctions on the Shi’ite Muslim power. Turkey also joined the de facto united front against Tehran as Saudi and Israeli ministers rejected an appeal from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for Sunni Gulf Arab states to work with Tehran to reduce violence across the region. While Saudi Arabia remains historically at odds with Israel, their ministers demanded at the Munich Security Conference that Tehran be punished for...

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Tillerson: one condition for US/Russia military cooperation in Syria

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States will not agree to cooperate with Russia’s military in Syria until Moscow recognizes that not all Syrian opposition groups are terrorists, European allies say. During a meeting with his counterparts from France, Germany, Turkey, and other countries on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Bonn on February 17, Tillerson said the Trump administration supported UN efforts to forge peace in Syria through negotiations that are set to resume in Geneva on February 23. Diplomats at the meeting said Tillerson stressed that Moscow’s alignment with the Syrian government, which labels all Syrian...

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