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Andrew Bernard
Staff Writer
Saudi Intrigue
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The Rise of Mohammed bin Salman

The Saudis have named Mohammed bin Salman as next in line to the throne in a surprise succession shakeup with long-term implications.

AFTER ISIS
Eastern Syria Heats Up

The U.S. shootdown of a Syrian plane is only the first sign of the coming troubles.

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The Coming Conflict Over Eastern Syria

The Russians claim to have killed ISIS’s leader and U.S.-backed forces close in on Raqqa, but the time to make difficult decisions in Eastern Syria is fast approaching.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Gets Ready for Independence Referendum

Save the date: September 25th, 2017.

Downfall
The Assault on Raqqa Begins

As the assault on ISIS’ capital Raqqa begins, another U.S. strike on the Assad regime makes clear that the scramble for Syria is only beginning.

Gulf Crisis
Gulf States Cut Ties with Qatar

The crisis in the Gulf escalates as Qatar’s neighbors cut ties and close borders.

Losing Afghanistan
Massive Truck Bomb Attack in Kabul

A month after the U.S. dropped the Mother of All Bombs, the Taliban respond in kind in Kabul.

Qatar-snipe
Gulf States in “Crisis” with Qatar

The normally discreet Gulf Cooperation Council is embroiled in an unusually public spat with Qatar.

Minya Attack
One More Massacre of Egypt’s Copts

28 Copts killed in point-blank attack on pilgrims.

Atrocity in England
ISIS Claims Attack in Manchester

Twenty-two people were killed in a bombing at a children’s concert, the deadliest in the UK since the 7/7 bombings.

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Death of a Generation

Environmentalists, take note.

American Balkanization

The Golden States’s self-righteous “travel ban” sets a dangerous and destructive precedent.

Up in the air

The much-criticized fighter jet program now appears to be a stealthy success story.

The French Will Be French

Emmanuel Macron has a large mandate on paper to push through far-reaching reforms in France, but the relatively low turnout and the threat of strikes and protests from unions opposed to what he campaigned on appear to be pushing him towards protectionism.

Power Play

Fuel trucks roll into Gaza from Egypt, keeping Hamas’ electricity running despite attempts by Abbas and the PA to shut it down.

Obamacare Repeal

The Democratic line of attack against the law is powerful—but it also highlights Obamacare’s underperformance.

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