The Middle East Ticker reviews 2017's biggest news stories about the region.
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Many thought the splitting of al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, was a public relations move, but recent revelation suggest it was an acrimonious divorce.
The Islamic State's foreign fighters are leaving Iraq and Syria, but they're not always going home. Some states are deporting them, and then they disappear.
What should the United States and its partners do now that they've forced ISIS from it's de facto capital?
On October 30th, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing titled "The Authorizations for Use of Military Force: Adminstration Perspective," featuring Secretaries Mattis and Tillerson. This is a good thing. We should have an updated AUMF. But, failing that, we should at least have regular and serious hearings in which Congress elicits information about how the President currently
The Pentagon has confirmed that an American citizen is being held in U.S. military custody in Syria or Iraq as an enemy combatant
The Assad regime and its allies are trying to wrap up the Syrian civil war. It's not a happy ending and may not be an end at all.
The Assad regime says its "open for business" again, but can Syria's reconstruction avoid relapsing into a bloodier war?
In a scathing New York Times op-ed today, Micah Zenko lays into the Trump administration both for maintaining the “counterproductive” and “immoral” counterterrorism policies of its predecessors (particularly those involving the use of military force), and for makin
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.