Iraq

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Why Did Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Go to Iraq?

Saudi Arabia’s national interests in Iraqi domestic politics, and their impact on regional dynamics, have never been that far from the surface.

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Iraqi-Iranian Maritime Exercises Send Message to Gulf Arab States

Overshadowed by the fall of Aleppo and terrorism in Europe, the stakes between Iran and the Gulf Arab countries in the strategic waters of the Gulf seem to have been significantly raised in recent days.

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Oil Prices Firm Up as Producers Agree to Cuts

Global oil markets have gone from strength to strength following an unprecedented level of cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers to reduce global oil supplies in an effort to shore up prices and resuscitate their ailing economies.

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Turkey’s Role in Mosul Prompts Reassurance and Anxiety in the Gulf

Few outside forces that are not directly involved in the conflict in Iraq have more at stake in the outcome of the battle over Mosul than Gulf Arab countries.

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Arab Gulf States Wary of Iran’s Role in the Battle for Mosul

As the battle to drive the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant out of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, is waged by Iraqi government troops, supported by an array of Kurdish, Shia, and Sunni forces, concerns about growing Iranian influence in Iraq are rising.

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Gulf States Caught Up in Sadr’s “Game of Thrones”

The Middle East is full of local dramas reminiscent of events depicted in the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” the sword and sorcery fantasy about power struggles in mythical kingdoms.

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Saudi Arabia: A War on All Fronts?

Saudi Arabia is directly and indirectly waging a war on practically all fronts, whether declared or not.

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