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Smiles in Damascus and Tehran

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Smiles in Damascus and Tehran

Syria and Iran seem like unnatural allies. Syria is a predominantly Sunni state run by Alawites, a largely secular Shiite offshoot; Iran is a mainly Shiite state, run by religious mullahs. Despite this ideological paradox, the two countries’ “special relationship,” which stretches back to the 1970s, has only strengthened since the invasion of Iraq, the U.S.-led undermining of Syrian control of Lebanon, and the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an anti-U.S. hardliner.


By CFR, USA.


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A Three State Solution?

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A Three State Solution?

With the Hamas rout of Fatah on the Gaza Strip last week, the land claimed by Palestinians now falls under the sway of three separate entities, leading to new problems and talk of at least some new opportunities. Fatah, the old guard of Yasir Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization led by President Mahmoud Abbas, has consolidated its hold on the West Bank and set up a new government bereft of the Islamists of Hamas (ArabNews).


By CFR, USA.


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