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Security Exchange Newsletter | January | MENA

31 January 2020

Iraq & Iran – The fate of Iraq and Iran are inextricably linked, evident in the aftermath of the killing of Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani. The US airstrikes which targeted Iran’s most senior military official near Baghdad airport also killed Abu Mahdi a-Muhandis, the commander of the Kataib Hezbollah militia and deputy chief of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). Iran’s immediate response saw multiple rockets fired at Iraqi military bases which housed US troops; it was recently revealed that 50 US soldiers were wounded in the attack. The incidents raised the prospect of a direct confrontation between Iran and the US taking place in Iraq. The government in Baghdad called for the withdrawal of US troops from the country, although this week it was confirmed that joint operations against the Islamic State (IS) group were ongoing.

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Bibi's Breakdown

30 May 2019

On Wednesday night lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament after Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu failed to form a coalition. Israel is now headed for another general election, just six weeks after the last vote. It is also the first time that a prime minister-designate has failed to form a government in the country’s history.

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The No State Solution

17 May 2018

On Monday, the chances of a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians seemed more remote than at any time since the 2014 Gaza war. At least 60 people were killed, including an eight-month-old girl, when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas at Palestinians who had gathered at the Gaza-Israel border. More than 2,500 others were wounded, many of them suffering life-changing injuries. The violence was in stark contrast with the scenes in Jerusalem, where US and Israeli officials gathered for the opening of the US embassy in the city.

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