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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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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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