Why are so many nations competing in Libya?

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France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, Russia, Qatar, Germany, Algeria, Tunisia, Greece, Cyprus are all countries involved or caught up in the Libyan conflict that has raged throughout the country for the last six years. As militias compete for supremacy, with Haftar leading the way militarily despite his rival Fayez Serraj in …

Can Iraq’s Parliament actually force US troops to leave?

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Context Baghdad’s parliament has agreed a draft bill calling on foreign forces to leave Iraq. Few are in doubt that the law is aimed at US forces following the high-profile assassination of Iran’s most powerful and influential military general Qassem Suleimani and Iraq’s unofficial kingmaker. Suleimani was renowned for arbitrating between the Iraqi Shiite parties whenever they clashed with one …

Why was the Kuala Lumpur Summit significant?

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A summit that brought together Turkey, Qatar, and Malaysia, a last-minute invitation for Iran, and a threat from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Pakistan and Indonesia warning them not to attend. Why was the Kuala Lumpur Summit significant enough to warrant such a series of diplomatic manoeuvres? Put simply, the summit was a challenge to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, …

Saudi Arabia is prepared to reconcile with Qatar. The UAE is not.

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In November 2019, Qatar’s foreign minister made a secret visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the prospect of reconciliation. The visit followed a rumoured meeting of Saudi and Qatari officials on the fringes of the UN General Assembly which caused enough anxiety in Qatar’s ally Turkey that President Erdogan made a visit to Doha seeking an explanation. Saudi Arabia reciprocated …

Why did Saudi Arabia threaten Pakistan over Kuala Lumpur Summit?

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Why did Saudi Arabia threaten Pakistan over Kuala Lumpur Summit? Imran Khan has announced that he will not be attending the summit of Muslim countries in Kuala Lumpur. Indonesia has also pulled out. The withdrawal of the two largest Muslim countries is a body blow to Mahathir Mohamed’s summit that was touted as the most significant challenge to the status …