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Osama Al Sharif

Osama Al-Sharif is a journalist and political commentator based in Amman.

20 February 2019 11:34 AM

Why celebrating Daesh’s defeat in Syria may be premature

As the drama surrounding the so-called final battle against ISIS in Syria continues to unfold, the question on everyone’s mind is this: Has the terrorist group been defeated, as US President Donald Trump claims? Certainly not many are inclined to agree with the president, either at home or on the European shores of the Atlantic.

30 January 2019 09:33 AM

Israel-Iran war in Syria could be just one misstep away

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s admittance last week that Israel had carried out massive airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, including a weapons depot in Damascus airport, marked a major change in policy.

14 January 2019 12:50 PM

Erdogan’s diminishing returns in Syria

A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had an opinion piece titled “Trump is right on Syria.

10 January 2019 10:11 AM

Pompeo, Bolton on damage control mission in Middle East

Two top US officials have been dispatched to the Middle East on a salvaging mission aimed at calming allies and clarifying policy following last month’s surprise decision by President Donald Trump to pull his troops from northern Syria within a few months.

12 December 2018 09:10 AM

Political turbulence likely to continue unabated in 2019

Political analysts like to make predictions. This is, after all, what is expected of them; and this commentator is no exception.

05 December 2018 03:24 PM

Syrian impasse serves Astana players’ interests — for now

Last week’s 11th round of the Astana process has failed to launch a political process aimed at ending the seven-year Syrian crisis.

31 October 2018 03:36 PM

Istanbul summit fails to deliver plan to end Syrian conflict

The four-way summit on Syria that was held in Istanbul on Saturday was extraordinary in more ways than one.

18 October 2018 02:31 PM

Abdul Mahdi facing an almost impossible mission in Iraq

Iraq’s prime minister-designate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has his work cut out for him.