Tallha Abdulrazaq is an award-winning academic and writer, with a specialism in Middle Eastern strategic and security affairs.
The Saudis and Emiratis have the ear of the US president and are likely pushing for a confrontation with Iran - but they might end up disappointed as the 'America First' president does not have an appetite for war.
Forgiving war criminals is just one more way to dehumanise citizens of those countries that the US fights wars against.
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's video appearance is an attempt to revive the morale of a group that has suffered heavy losses and is looking to rebrand itself.
The execution of 37 prisoners in Saudi Arabia is a scathing indictment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's 'liberalising reforms'.
The parallels between Daesh and violent white ultranationalists should inspire everyone to be vigilant against a rising tide of far-right terrorism and the mainstream narratives that enable it.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is desperately trying to stir up Israeli nationalist sentiment as he finds himself battling re-election, corruption scandals and now a spat with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The 'defeat' of Daesh will lead to a rebirth of Daesh that could make them more dangerous, and harder to fight.
Returning militants are a security concern but also an opportunity for European states to heal.
When Islamophobes convert to Islam, it's an opportunity for everyone to build bridges.
If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
The Iraqi government has surprised everyone by warming up to the idea of a friendship with Israel.
A Human Rights Watch report on the treatment of children in custody of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq should lead to an inquiry and accountability by the Iraqi government.
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