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Backlash to Kurdish Independence Referendum Begins, Trump Has Made Decision on Iran Deal, Russian and U.S.-backed Forces Converge in Syria

Iraq and its neighbors mobilize against Kurdish referendum, Trump won’t tell his allies his plans for the JCPOA, and Russia bombs Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir El-Zour.

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Kurdish Independence Referendum Draws Criticism and Threats, Saudi Arabia’s “Authoritarian Upgrading” Strategy, and the Gulf’s New Outreach to Israel

Iraq braces for the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum, Saudi Arabia's economic reform project reaches a critical juncture, and the Gulf states seem to be changing their posture toward Israel.

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Iran Still Complying with Nuclear Deal, Rebel Coalition in Yemen Bends but Doesn’t Break, U.S. and Hezbollah Fight over Islamic State in Syria

The IAEA disagrees with the Trump administration about Iran’s compliance, Houthi and Saleh loyalists involved in Sanaa streetfighting, and an Islamic State convoy is trapped between Syria’s frontlines.

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New Qatari Royal Enters Gulf Feud, Palestinian and Israeli Leaders Confused by U.S. Policy, and Diplomats Try to Prevent Kurdish Independence Referendum

Saudi Arabia is grooming a royal rival in Qatar, the Trump administration’s latest diplomatic tour in the region has officials scratching heads, and officials are trying to give Iraqi Kurds a reason to postpone next month’s vote on secession.

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Terrorists Attack Tourist Spot in Spain, Yemen’s Rebel Coalition Fractures, Netanyahu Criticized for Tepid Response to Anti-Semitism

The Islamic State claims credit for attack in Barcelona, the Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh reach their breaking point, and the Israeli prime minister's response to the neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville suggests he is wary of offending Trump.

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Assad Regime Strains Russian Ceasefires, Iran Responds to Trump’s Plans for Nuclear Deal, Israeli Officials Snared in Corruption Scandals

Russia can’t wrangle its proxy in Syria to abide by its ceasefire agreements, Rouhani addresses Trump’s wavering commitment to the JCPOA in his inauguration speech, and Netanyahu could be indicted for corruption.

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