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Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi speaks to the media in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 25, 2013. (AP)


Osama Al-Nujaifi: Iraq’s Future President?

Osama Al-Nujaifi: Iraq’s Future President?

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Politics in Iraq is not the art of the possible. Rather, Iraqi politics is closer to the art of the impossible, an all-or-nothing game that offers players the chance to either reach the pinnacle of political power, or see their ambitions...
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Egypt’s Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during a news conference in Cairo on the release of seven members of the Egyptian security forces kidnapped by Islamist militants in Sinai, in this May 22, 2013 file picture. (Reuters)


El-Sisi: The General at the Heart of Events

El-Sisi: The General at the Heart of Events

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Colonel General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is, now more than ever, a divisive figure in Egyptian society. There are many who laud his patriotism and the central role played by Egypt’s military institution as a stabilizing force in the country,...
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Omar (left), Zine (center), and Eminene (right) at home in Diyarbakir. (AAA)


Welcome to Kurdistan: A Tale of Two Families

Welcome to Kurdistan: A Tale of Two Families

Diyarbakir, Asharq Al-Awsat—Eminene Özbek and Zine Yilmaz have only just met, but already they have so much in common. “He was such a nice person, and he never wanted to harm anyone,” says Eminene of her son Mahir. When it is Zine’s turn to speak about her own son,...
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Iyad Ag Ghali, leader of the armed Islamist group Ansar Dine, August 7, 2012 in Kidal (AFP)


Iyad Ag Ghali: Mali’s Desert Fox

Iyad Ag Ghali: Mali’s Desert Fox

Nouakchott, Asharq Al-Awsat—In early January at the Battle of Konna in northern Mali, Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Ansar Dine, laid waste to scores of Malian soldiers trained by French and European military officials. In a matter of days, French Special Forces had...
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Minister Iyad Madani during the Economic Forum in Jeddah. Iyad Madani, was named on February 7, 2013 as the next head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to succeed Turkey’s Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in January 2014.
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Asharq Al-Awsat Profile: New OIC Chief Iyad Madani

Asharq Al-Awsat Profile: New OIC Chief Iyad Madani

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iyad bin Amin Madani, the newly-elected secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was born in April 1946 and hails from a family in Mecca. During his career he has assumed a number of ministerial posts in Saudi Arabia,...