Middle East Ticker

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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. Sinks Deeper into Syrian Civil War, Gulf Feud Starting to Shift Qatari Policy, U.S. Resumes Weapons Deliveries to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. military shot down a Syrian bomber on Sunday, Qatar is reconsidering its support for Hamas while continuing to fight it out in the editorial pages, and the United States is supplying the Saudi air campaign in Yemen again.

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Qatar Cut Off by Diplomatic Rift, Syrian Forces Begin Attack on Raqqa, Germany Withdraws Troops from Turkish Airbase

Saudi Arabia escalates its renewed spat with Qatar, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces coalition is pushing into the Islamic State’s de facto capital, and Germany and Turkey can’t resolve their diplomatic feud.

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U.S. and Iran Compete in Eastern Syria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia Renew Old Feud, and More Fighting in Libya after Attacks in Manchester and Minya

The U.S. endgame in eastern Syria looks difficult to defend, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are fighting again after a two-year detente, and Egypt and Britain are watching Libya warily.

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Russia’s Latest Plan for Syria, Yemen Coalition Tearing Itself Apart, Economy and Syria on Agenda in Iran’s Election

Russia proposes “de-escalation zones” to reduce fighting in Syria, the UAE and Yemeni governments are feuding within the Saudi-led coalition to fight the Houthis, and Iran’s election highlights criticisms of the intervention in Syria.

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Middle East Ticker: Turkey Cracks Down at Home and Abroad, Iraq Caught in Middle of Syria’s Proxy War, and Saudi Arabia Sends Mixed Messages in Yemen

Turkey arrests more political opponents and bombs Kurds in Iraq and Syria, the transnational drama of an Iraqi hostage crisis, and will or won’t the Saudis try to capture Hodeida?

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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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