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In the Ticker, Lawfare collects relevant items from around the Middle East and North Africa. Modeled on Paul Rosenzweig’s “Bits and Bytes” featurette, the Ticker’s goal is to keep readers informed of legally-inflected stories people may have missed from a region that never ceases to provide grist for those interested in tough national security choices.

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U.S. May Deploy More Troops to Syria, Iran’s Presidential Campaign Season Begins, and Experts Warn against U.S. Escalation in Yemen

Trump says the fight against the Islamic State could require new deployments, Iran announces candidates running against Rouhani, and the United States could be sinking into the quagmire in Yemen.

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Turkey’s Referendum Pushes Country Toward Authoritarianism, Attack Targets Civilians in Syrian Ceasefire Deal, New U.S. Escalation in Yemen Takes Shape

Erdogan finally gets his constitutional reforms, Tillerson can’t convince Russia to give up Assad, and State Department officials are wary of the Pentagon’s plan for Yemen.

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Trump Administration Sends Mixed Messages about Syria Strike, Christians Targeted in Egypt, and a New Proposal for Libya

The Trump administration can’t agree on what its missile strike in Syria means, Christians have lost faith in Sisi’s promises to protect them, and a contender for the Libya envoy job offers an Ottoman-era proposal.

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Sisi Gets Warm Welcome at White House, Tillerson Visits Turkey, and a Trump Tie to Russia Runs Through the Emirates

The Trump administration makes clear how little they clear about human rights, U.S. officials continue to plan for the Raqqa offensive, and the United States’ shadiest mercenary may have been an intermediary for Trump and Russia.

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Civilian Casualties Mount in U.S. Fight against Islamic State, U.S. Forces Launch Surprise Attack Near Mosul, and Mubarak Released after Years in Detention

Did changes to U.S. rules of engagement allow a deadly strike in Mosul? Is there an endgame for the upcoming battle for Raqqa? And the release of the biggest autocrat to fall in the Arab Spring is a symbolic defeat.

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Israeli Strike in Syria Meets Unusual Opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Meets with Trump, and Morocco Reshuffles Its Prime Minister

The Syrian military actually shot back at Israeli jets, the Iraqi prime minister thinks U.S. support will increase, and Morocco tries to form a government five months after elections.

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U.S. Deploys More Troops to Syria, Trump Loosens Rules for Counterterrorism Operations, and Turkey Feuds with Europe ahead of Referendum

The United States is preparing for the Raqqa offensive and what will come after, U.S. troops have a green light to take more risks in Yemen and Somalia, and Erdogan is rallying his base with a diplomatic spat with Germany and the Netherlands.

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The United States Escalates in Yemen, the U.S.-backed Rebels in Syria Cut Raqqa’s Lifeline, and the Saudis Try a Charm Offensive

The United States might be losing allies in Yemen by fighting one war instead of the other, U.S.-backed rebels in Syria are advancing on the Islamic State but under fire from frenemies near Manbij, and the Saudis try a new tactic against Iran’s influence.

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Rebels and Regime Clash in Syria While Fighting Islamic State, Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul, and Washington Prepares for Sisi’s Visit

Russia is trying to find an equilibrium between Turkey and the Assad regime in Syria, the U.S. military is thinking past the battle for Mosul, and the Egyptian president has reasons to look forward to his meeting with President Trump.

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Iraqi Forces Advance on Western Mosul, U.S. Weighs Deploying Troops to Syria, Netanyahu Meets with Trump

Iraqi forces are moving again against the Islamic State with closer U.S. support, the United States is considering sending ground troops to Syria, and Netanyahu’s wild ride in joint press conference with Donald Trump.

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