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Mideast Weekly Roundup

By Jessie Owen Payne

The president declines to endorse a two-state solution, the Syrian government is accused of using chemical warfare, and Hamas names a new leader.

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Three Important Takeaways From Donald Trump’s Sensational Press Conference

By Douglas Burton

During President Donald Trump’s combative press conference yesterday, he made three announcements that directly affect U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

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Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan: Big Mouths and Hard Truths

By Zubair Simonson

Could there be a silver lining to having a president with a big mouth? Donald Trump is hardly the first president to put aside political correctness.

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From the Front Lines of Mosul: What Is ISIS Without Al-Baghdadi?

By Douglas Burton

The Iraqi military reported that its airstrike injured Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Although unconfirmed, what would this development mean for ISIS?

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