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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Turkish-backed Rebels Enter al-Bab, Trump and Netanyahu Ready for Meeting, Trump and Congress Mull Designating Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization

Turkey and the Assad regime reach agreement on offensive against Islamic State in al-Bab, what will happen in Trump and Netanyahu’s White House meeting, and what happens if the United States declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group?

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International Fallout from Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Order, U.S. Raid Targets AQAP in Yemen, Greece-Turkey Tensions Escalate over Coup Extradition

The blowback to Trump’s executive order is starting, U.S. commandos raid a remote al-Qaeda outpost in Yemen, and the Turkish government is angry that Greece will not extradite runaway soldiers accused of involvement in the attempted coup.

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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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Turkey Turns to Russia for Air Support in Syria, Fighting Continues Despite Ceasefire, U.S. Policy Could Shift in Libya, and One of Iran’s Founding Fathers Dies

Turkey’s pivot to Russia has brought support for its campaign against the Islamic State, rebels and regime forces are fighting over water access for Damascus, the fortunes for the Libyan National Army are rising, and former Iranian President Rafsanjani leaves behind a complicated legacy.

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Russia’s Shaky Ceasefire in Syria, the Islamic State’s Deadly New Year’s Attacks, and Kerry’s Valedictory on the Peace Process

A new ceasefire in Syria is holding but might not last until the start of peace talks, the Islamic State kills dozens in attacks in Turkey and Iraq, and Kerry’s parting speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process receives mixed reviews.

Middle East Ticker

Brouhaha over Israeli Settlement Resolution, Two Libyans Hijack Plane to Flee Conflict, and Syrian War in Lull

The Israeli government is mad about a reiteration of decades of policy, two Libyans are facing terrorism charges in Malta for hijacking a plane to seek asylum, and Russia mourns a military plane crash while pivoting toward peace talks in Syria.

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Middle East Ticker: Assad Regime Corners Rebels in Aleppo, U.S. Reauthorizes Iran Sanctions, and Islamic State Prepares Its Fallback Plan

The Assad regime has captured 70 percent of eastern Aleppo and isn’t letting up, experts and foreign governments defend the Iran nuclear deal, and the Islamic State is ready to retreat to Deir Ezzor.

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Middle East Ticker: Syrian Rebels Announce Raqqa Operation, Turkey’s Anti-Democratic Purge, and Egypt’s Economic Turbulence

Turkey and the Kurds prepare to race for Raqqa, Turkey’s post-coup purge turns against elected officials, and Egypt’s currency devaluation may not be enough to save the economy.

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