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Rebel fighters stand amid rubble at the entrance to a tunnel they said belonged to Islamic State fighters, which connects the city to Aqeel Mountain, in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, Syria, March 13, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

Are Ankara’s prospects in Syria dimming?

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Turkey is hemmed in by the United States and Russia in Syria, unable to achieve its aim of blocking Kurdish gains.

How 'complete' is normalization between Russia, Turkey?

Monday, Mar. 13, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Russia and Turkey recently agreed to cooperate in several significant areas, but there's still some question about how far their friendship extends.

What is Russia’s thinking on Libya?

Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

In its effort to pursue national security interests in the Middle East, Russia is increasingly involved in the conflict in Libya.

Why Iran won’t work as a bargaining chip between Russia, US

Friday, Mar. 3, 2017 | Julia Sveshnikova, Contributor

Russia and Iran have enough overlapping interests to keep their relationship strong, even if the United States tries to interfere.

What is Russia’s role in Syria and the 'post-West' world order?

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Russia is not wasting time while the new US administration gets its bearings on Syria and the rest of the world.

US should test Russia on Islamic State

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 | Andrew Parasiliti, Contributor

With the complicated regional dynamics of the Syrian war, the US could benefit from Russian assistance.

How serious is Russia's commitment to Libya settlement?

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 | Yury Barmin, Contributor

Now that recent talks to unite Libya's rival governments have failed, observers are evaluating the extent of Moscow's investment in peaceful reconciliation.

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