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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Saturday, 30 Aug, 2014

Burham Salih: Iraq needs “active” Arab regional role

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Burham Salih, former head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and a former deputy prime minister of Iraq, is able to walk the streets of the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah unencumbered by bodyguards. Such is the popularity and respect enjoyed by the senior Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader. Sulaymaniyah's residents—young and old—stop Salih on the street to ask for a picture, an autograph, and Salih is always more than happy to oblige. ...

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Thair Abbas
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on : Sunday, 24 Aug, 2014

Samir Geagea: Lebanon would be ISIS’s graveyard

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stressed that he would not renounce his presidential ambitions, but added that he would not oppose parliamentary elections taking place before a new president is elected. Lebanese lawmakers have been unable to choose a successor to former president Michel Suleiman whose term in office ended on May 25. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for November, with many in Lebanon worried about how the elections can take place bef...

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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Saleh Al-Mutlaq: Iraq is going through hell

Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saleh Al-Mutlaq, one of Iraq's most prominent Sunni politicians, is a controversial figure. The deputy prime minister described outgoing prime Mini...

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Nadia Al-Turki
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on : Wednesday, 20 Aug, 2014

Tunisian Defense Minister: War on terror requires patience

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Minister of National Defense Ghazi Jeribi highlighted Tunisia’s efforts against terrorism, acknowledging that the war on terror is an asymmetr...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Sunday, 17 Aug, 2014

Fuad Masoum: My decision was constitutional

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—The recent struggle to form a new Iraqi government has refocused attention on the country’s presidency, and its new occupant, the veteran Kurdish l...

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Nasser Al-Haqbani
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on : Friday, 15 Aug, 2014

Palestinian PM: Israel does not want Palestinian unity

Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat—After a damaging seven-year split between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank, the Palestinian unity government that was sworn into office at...

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Fahd Al-Zayabi
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on : Thursday, 14 Aug, 2014

Saudi National Guard Minister: All Saudis must resist extremism

Rafha (Northern Borders Province), Asharq Al-Awsat—With the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and the continued predations of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, ...

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Thair Abbas
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on : Thursday, 14 Aug, 2014

Syrian Coalition Head: Lebanon must rein in Hezbollah

Istanbul, Asharq Al-Awsat—The shocking rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its rampage across Iraq has taken attention away both from the conflict in neigh...

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Waleed Abdul Rahman
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on : Wednesday, 13 Aug, 2014

Egypt’s Grand Mufti: We need a new religious discourse

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—During times, especially in recent years, when Islamic extremism seems to almost monopolize the media spotlight, attention often turns to the quest...

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Mohammed Al-Shafey
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on : Monday, 11 Aug, 2014

Lawrence Wright: Radicalism will increase without the Muslim Brotherhood

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—A graduate of the American University of Cairo, Texas-based author Lawrence Wright shot to international fame in 2006 with his Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

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