In a speech in Baghdad on September 3, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised that his troops would “fully retake” Mosul, seat of power of the Islamic State (IS) in the country. A few weeks later, in line with the Prime Minister’s plans, a special forces unit of the Iraqi army, aided by the American air force, formally launched the battle for Mosul.
Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President, has now been in prison for more than three times as long as he was in the presidential palace, but his death sentence was quashed. Recently, the country’s highest appeal court also overturned his life sentence on a separate charge — but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be free any time soon.
Both Jews and Arab Muslims should be encouraged to resume direct talks on the complex West Asian imbroglio with an open mind for its final resolution so that terrorism may come to an end forever in the region, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.
Several years ago, I wrote that the Palestinian problem wouldn’t be resolved, at least in my lifetime. Now, I have even less time left — and the problem’s resolution has become even more unlikely.
United States president-elect Donald Trump will have to confront many conflicts in the Middle East, the number of which the US has perhaps not known since the days of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Second World War, said the London-based Pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat. “The president-elect may sit and watch the chaos like [US President Barack] Obama did, but the price will only become higher and the threats will only expand. Wars and the activity of terrorist organisations may increase and the humanitarian disaster will worsen. What is noticeable regarding the current wars in Syria, Yemen and part of Iraq is that they have one thing in common and it is Iranian military intervention. So will Trump’s administration draw limits on Iranian chaos or will it continue to adopt Obama’s policy of isolationism?”
He said terrorism was a common concern for both Saudi Arabia and India and the two countries were closely cooperating in fighting it, including through exchange of information and intelligence.
Hard to believe, but Mosul, currently in the news, would have been ours today had Atal Bihari Vajpayee not played spoilsport. After their invasion of Iraq in April 2003, Americans realized fairly early that a full- fledged occupation for an unspecified period was not possible without allies taking responsibility to administer large swathes of the ancient land.
The West is struggling to adjust to a sense of relative powerlessness. At the moment it is just firefighting. Russia and the US are trying to achieve broadly similar objectives in Aleppo and Mosul — restoring the sovereignty of controllable, authoritarian, central governments.
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The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.