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The significance of the battle for Mosul’s Great Mosque: This is where modern Iraqi history meets the medieval

A looming battle around Mosul’s medieval Great Mosque of al-Nuri as part of the final stages to push the Islamic State out of the city is expected to deliver another important tactical and even symbolic victory against the Islamic State.

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Appeasement: A primer

Here’s the key thing to remember: Appeasement is a position of negotiating with a strong state from a position of weakness.

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Invasion of the Jareds

I rarely frequent posh places, but lately when I do, I am noticing young men who in attire, physique, and expression remind me of Jared Kushner, the youthful fellow who currently is the second most powerful person in the United States.


Making the Middle East Worse, Trump-Style

American presidents have generally been pretty good at botching things in the Middle East, but this one is winning at it.


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