Daily Archive: January 10, 2019

PM Imran Khan’s Emirati Breakthrough Is One of His Greatest Accomplishments Yet

The hugely successful visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed to Pakistan a few days ago represents one of Prime Minister Khan’s greatest foreign policy accomplishments yet because it proved that his country’s “balancing” act between regional powers is capable of turning latent rivals into trusted partners. The Emirati Breakthrough Pakistani and Arab media are celebrating the hugely...

Trump Retreats from His Promise of Withdrawal While al-Qaeda Makes Progress in Syria

Al-Nusra front – al-Qaeda rebranded as HTS (Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham) – is expanding its influence and military control over entire Syrian cities and villages in northern and western rural Aleppo. Abu Mohammad al-Joulani, the ex- ISIS (the Islamic State terror group) Emir of Syria and the self proclaimed Emir of al-Qaeda in the Levant, is ordering his forces to move...

With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan

The state of Israel seems to share at least some of the responsibility for the latest shift of U.S. Syria policy — as National Security Adviser John Bolton announced on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s call to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria would now be “coordinated” with Israel, after meeting with top Israeli officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

The “Arakan Army” & “Rohingya”: “Unholy Alliance” or Tatmadaw’s “Divide-and-Rule” Tactic?

The Myanmarese military’s accusation that the Buddhist-believing “Arakan Army” insurgents are working hand-in-hand with their Muslim “Rohingya” counterparts is either a sign that these two seemingly opposed anti-government forces have struck an “unholy alliance” with one another or a clever attempt by the Tatmadaw to “divide and rule” its enemies. Background Briefing Myanmar’s conflict-prone coastal state of Rakhine has been...