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Belarusian President Lukashenko with Russian President Putin in Minsk, Belarus, in June 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Russia and Belarus - An increasingly difficult alliance

Commentary:  Russia deems Belarus as essential, above all from a military viewpoint, as a "buffer state" safeguarding the security of Russia’s western borders. But there have been increasingly visible cracks in the "special relationship" for some time

The Syria-Iraq border in Abu Kamal, one of the populated areas where the Iranian forces are hiding. Photo: REUTERS/THaier Al-Sudani

Iran transferring weaponry to residential neighborhoods in Syria

According to reports, the redeployment includes the transfer and hiding of rockets and heavy weapons in tunnels that Iranian forces previously dug in the heart of populated civilian neighborhoods in eastern Syria. A Syrian military expert says Israel was "just around the corner" 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit earlier this month. Photo: Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

The significance of the Saudi Arabia-Qatar agreement for Israel

In an article published by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Dr. Mordechai Kedar analyzes the causes of the crisis in the Gulf, the Iranian influence on the reaching of the agreement, and the possibility of the warming of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia in its aftermath 

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