Middle East Weekly Roundup: IS Withdrawal from Raqqa, Historic Deal Between Fatah and Hamas, and Trump’s Plans to Exit the Iran Deal

Islamic State militants are withdrawing from Raqqa in response to the continued advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Saudi government has deployed its National Guard to the Yemeni border, and Turkey sent soldiers and armored vehicles into the Idlib Province of Syria.

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How foreign aid undermines good rebellions in Syria

Despite the international community’s efforts to shape governance in Syria, moderate opposition groups have failed to gain a foothold in the country’s political sphere. This is largely related to the international community’s strategy in Syria, which has shifted from demanding the departure of Bashar al-Assad to providing humanitarian assistance and countering the Islamic State. As part of this shift, the international community has emphasized the promotion of a “good” rebellion and governance training for rebel groups in Syria.

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