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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
17-Jan-2018
Algeria
Politics
“Algeria: Prime minister’s allies abandon him and jump off the ship before it sinks…”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Democracy and Party Politics - Governmental Reform
On January 16, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Algiers: “The reports surrounding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s interference in the privatization file, with an instruction saying that any decision in this regard could only be issued by him…, have been confirmed, and were considered to be a defiance of the work that had been undertaken by Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia at this level for many weeks. For their part, the prime minister’s allies rushed to adopt and bless this instruction, based on the principle “The prime minister’s dead, long live the president of the republic,” thus causing Ouyahia to appear lonelier than ever. In the meantime, many observers are talking about Ouyahia’s imminent dismissal, and about the fact that his replacement is ready… (Read More)
“…Algeria aborts separation plot…”  (Al-Jarida, Kuwait)
Military and Defense - Unrest
On January 13, the Al-Jarida newspaper carried the following report: “The features of the plot targeting Algeria have started to emerge following the announcement on the death of Abdus Salam Tarmoun, the leader of the Movement of Sons of the Sahara for Islamic Justice, who was killed by unknown elements during an armed clash along the Libyan-Tunisian borders. This was coupled with the presence of leaders from the Azawad, and the head of the Libyan salvation cabinet, Khalifa al-Ghawil, in Algeria in a secret manner… (Read More)
Egypt
Opinion
“Why is Tunisia provoking Egypt’s concerns?”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Arab Diplomacy - Unrest
On January 17, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following opinion piece by Tunisian writer Nizar Boulahia: “It is definitely not Libya, Sudan or Ethiopia. But who can deny the fact that the developments in it are as impactful on Egypt as the developments in the latter states, if not more? Has the small Tunisia not been the source of hidden and unannounced concerns among the generals of the 100-million people country for years?... Why is Tunisia, which is hundreds of kilometres away, a source of concern to them? Can this small country truly be the cause of their worries and preoccupations? Naturally, Tunisia does not boast massive military forces which are equal or even close to theirs, and has no resources or capabilities that allow it to compete with any country. Moreover, it is suffering from ongoing problems and crises, which are preventing it from even aspiring to or thinking about exporting its revolution, or from seeking leadership or a role exceeding its regional weight and size… (Read More)
Politics
“Egypt under the Emirati tutelage”  (Al-Sharq, Qatar)
Tourism
On January 17, the Al-Sharq newspaper carried the following report: “The announcement about the Egyptian regime’s acceptance to sell the area of the archeological pyramids in Giza to the UAE, which will be running them for twenty years, was nothing but a minor part of the compromises that Es-Sisi have made vis-à-vis the UAE’s regime, which is now controlling the political and economic decision making power in Egypt… (Read More)
Iraq
Politics
“Hakim’s movement causes [Popular] Mobilization’s withdrawal from Abadi’s alliance…”  (Asharq al-Awsat, United Kingdom)
Democracy and Party Politics
On January 16, the Saudi-owned London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper carried the following report from Baghdad: “A few hours after it emerged, the Victory Alliance formed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with Popular Mobilization factions and dozens of other entities and parties, collapsed with a lethal blow. And though Al-Abadi did not comment on the withdrawal of Al-Fatih Alliance, which was formed by leader in Popular Mobilization and the head of Badr Organization, from his alliance, a source close to him announced in statements circulated by the media that Al-Abadi set conditions which were not accepted by the others and pushed them to pull out, including that the alliance be trans-ethnic, knowing that the entities that have withdrawn from it had rejected the inclusion of many other parties and entities… (Read More)
“Kurdistan optimistic about lifting of ban on airports, awaits release of employees’ salaries”  (Al-Mada, Iraq)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On January 17, the independent Al-Mada newspaper carried the following report from Baghdad by its correspondent Wael Nehme: “Kurdish sides believed it was likely to see the resumption of flights at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports at the end of next week, following the latest agreement that was reached between Baghdad and the province and managed by the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi… In statements to Al-Mada yesterday, Kifah Mahmoud Sinjari, the advisor of the president of Kurdistan Province, had assured: “The flights are expected to resume at the province’s airports on January 25.” One day prior to the independence referendum, Baghdad had asked the Kurdistan government to surrender all the international border crossings and airports to the federal government…, following which the latter shut down the province’s airports and deployed federal troops in the disputed areas… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“Has Riyadh become convinced of the impracticality and pointlessness of Hezbollah’s isolation?”  (Website, Middle East)
Democracy and Party Politics
On January 16, the Lebanese privately-owned En-Nashra news website carried the following exclusive report by its correspondent Hassan Moghrabi: “Political sources believed that the political scene in Lebanon today was heading towards a new phase of political alliances, whose headlines will become clearer after the next parliamentary elections. They continued that the alliance between Amal Movement and Hezbollah remained the strongest, in addition to the alliance between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement, which has not yet been affected by the disputes between President of the Republic General Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Birri, though some believe that the non-resolution of the problems will undermine trust between the FPM and Hezbollah. The sources also believed that the crisis endured by Prime Minister Sa’d al-Hariri [with Riyadh] was not yet over…, and linked its outcome to regional and internal developments… (Read More)
“Hezbollah isn’t done yet with coded messages of Hamdan’s assassination attempt”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)
Terrorism - USA EU
On January 17, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report by Ali Dahi: “The many, detailed analyses carried out by the Resistance and Opposition axis regarding the attempted assassination of the Hamas movement’s cadre, Mohammad Hamdan, in Saida this past Sunday have not been concluded yet, especially within Hezbollah’s leading circle specifically the military and security sections. In form, the operation was concluded with the failure of the assassination and Hamdan’s survival knowing that the man is now recuperating. Thus, the security “shock” that nearly caused an explosion was concluded knowing that, a few hours later, hundreds of soccer fans were pouring into Saida from the south, Beirut, and the Bekaa to attend an Al-Nejmeh soccer game… (Read More)
Palestine
Politics
“Resistance Alliance to replace the PLO?”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)   
Military and Defense
On January 17, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “…The fact that the Islamic Jihad followed by Hamas refused to take part in the session held by the Palestinian Central Council did not go by unnoticed by the head of the Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who strongly criticized their refusal to participate and accused the former of being politically shortsighted and the latter of “walking behind the official, Mahmoud az-Zahar” who, along with Fathi Hamad, represents, from the Fatah and the Authority’s point of view, the objective alternative of the movement’s present leaders, Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar and one of the causes behind “hindering the reconciliation… (Read More)
Syria
Politics
“Syrian Kurds reject US attempt to turn terrorist PYD organization into regular army in Syria”  (Website, Middle East)
Refugees
On January 5, the official Turkish Anadolu News Agency carried the following report from Sanliurfa by its correspondent Khalil Fidan: “Syrian Kurds, who were displaced to the Sanliurfa province in South Turkey, expressed on Monday their rejection of the United States’ efforts to turn the terrorist PYD/PKK organization into a regular army in Syria… The US attempts to turn the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, which are being used by the PYD/PKK organization as a front for its activities, [into a regular army], had generated concerns among many Syrian Kurds in the refugee camp [in the Suruc region of the province]. Speaking to Anadolu, Adol Mustafa said he escaped the city of Ain al-Arab [Kobani], northeast of the Aleppo governorate, four years ago as a result of the ongoing battles between the terrorist ISIL and PYD organizations, thus leaving everything behind and seeking refuge in Turkey… (Read More)
United States
Politics
“…Trump’s actions and behavior are exhausting the inveterate institution of the State Department…”  (Website, Middle East)
USA EU
On January 17, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following report: “Officials at the US State Department complained that the department’s professional team is suffering from being restricted as a result of the failure to obtain the president’s signature, which is required by law, on a number of protocols pertaining to this department exclusively such as updating the regulations and rules, and appointing and sacking ambassadors… (Read More)
Yemen
Politics
“Tarek Saleh is rejected in the south: beginning of rebellion against UAE?”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)   
Arab Diplomacy - Military and Defense
On January 17, the Al-Akhbar daily carried the following report: “The UAE and Saudi Arabia are trying to bring together the Yemeni parties loyal to them in the framework of a plan aimed at unifying all the efforts to confront Ansarullah. However, this plan is ridden with some major difficulties since it has to bring together opposed parties on the ideological, political, and territorial levels… (Read More)
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