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Syrian Factions Prepare for Astana Talks, Trump’s Cabinet Discusses Middle East Policy, U.S. Senators Propose Bill in Response to U.N. Vote

Syria’s rebels will attend the Russian-backed peace talks and the Trump administration has an open invitation, Trump’s cabinet picks testified about their Middle East policies at confirmation hearings, and Sens. Graham and Cruz have a terrible plan to undo the U.S. abstention on the U.N. Israel resolution.

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Turkey Turns to Russia for Air Support in Syria, Fighting Continues Despite Ceasefire, U.S. Policy Could Shift in Libya, and One of Iran’s Founding Fathers Dies

Turkey’s pivot to Russia has brought support for its campaign against the Islamic State, rebels and regime forces are fighting over water access for Damascus, the fortunes for the Libyan National Army are rising, and former Iranian President Rafsanjani leaves behind a complicated legacy.

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Russia’s Shaky Ceasefire in Syria, the Islamic State’s Deadly New Year’s Attacks, and Kerry’s Valedictory on the Peace Process

A new ceasefire in Syria is holding but might not last until the start of peace talks, the Islamic State kills dozens in attacks in Turkey and Iraq, and Kerry’s parting speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process receives mixed reviews.

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Brouhaha over Israeli Settlement Resolution, Two Libyans Hijack Plane to Flee Conflict, and Syrian War in Lull

The Israeli government is mad about a reiteration of decades of policy, two Libyans are facing terrorism charges in Malta for hijacking a plane to seek asylum, and Russia mourns a military plane crash while pivoting toward peace talks in Syria.

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Middle East Ticker: Turkish Assassin Kills Russian Ambassador, Trump Taps Pro-Settlement Ambassador, Libyan Smuggling Ring Arrested, Kuwait Jails Political Activists

How will the assassination of the Russian ambassador affect Russia-Turkey relations? What does Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel mean? Plus Europe cracks down on smuggling arms to Libya, and Kuwait cracks down on freedom of speech.

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Middle East Ticker: Assad Regime Corners Rebels in Aleppo, U.S. Reauthorizes Iran Sanctions, and Islamic State Prepares Its Fallback Plan

The Assad regime has captured 70 percent of eastern Aleppo and isn’t letting up, experts and foreign governments defend the Iran nuclear deal, and the Islamic State is ready to retreat to Deir Ezzor.

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Middle East Ticker: Thousands Flee Assad Regime Advance in Aleppo, Turkey Defiant as Purge Continues, and the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal Comes Closer to Reality

After four years, rebel defenses are collapsing in Aleppo, Turkey targets foster parents in its post-coup purge and doubles down on anti-American rhetoric, and Jordan picks contractors for an ambitious canal project.

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Middle East Ticker: Assad Regime Destroys Last Hospitals in Aleppo, Tunisia Confronts Its Past, and Another Truce in Yemen Fails

The Assad regime’s latest offensive is pushing deeper into Aleppo, Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission helps the country comes to terms with its past, and Saudi Arabia can’t convince its partners in Yemen to restart the peace process.

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