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Middle East Ticker: Turkish Assassin Kills Russian Ambassador, Trump Taps Pro-Settlement Ambassador, Libyan Smuggling Ring Arrested, Kuwait Jails Political Activists

How will the assassination of the Russian ambassador affect Russia-Turkey relations? What does Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel mean? Plus Europe cracks down on smuggling arms to Libya, and Kuwait cracks down on freedom of speech.

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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: Thousands Flee Assad Regime Advance in Aleppo, Turkey Defiant as Purge Continues, and the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal Comes Closer to Reality

After four years, rebel defenses are collapsing in Aleppo, Turkey targets foster parents in its post-coup purge and doubles down on anti-American rhetoric, and Jordan picks contractors for an ambitious canal project.

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Middle East Ticker: Assad Regime Destroys Last Hospitals in Aleppo, Tunisia Confronts Its Past, and Another Truce in Yemen Fails

The Assad regime’s latest offensive is pushing deeper into Aleppo, Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission helps the country comes to terms with its past, and Saudi Arabia can’t convince its partners in Yemen to restart the peace process.

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The Caesar Bill: A Novel Approach to Human Rights Accountability in Syria

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Bill,  named for the Syrian military photographer who defected and smuggled photographs documenting Assad’s brutal crimes, embraces and amplifies the evolving and necessary role that the US and the international community must play in curbing impunity for war crimes.

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A Syrian in Auschwitz

In October 2015, I became a citizen of the United States, after a decade of refuge here from my native Syria. In June 2016, I took my first trip to Europe since coming to this country. With my own native country facing a mass destruction of its own, I visited, among other places, Auschwitz.

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