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With the collapse of its caliphate dreams in the Middle East, it is likely that the hotbed of terrorist activity will shift to Southeast Asia as fighters return to their home countries in the region.

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After successfully defeating ISIS, Iraq is now embarking on its reconstruction. The United States did not pledge any contributions for Iraq’s reconstruction, although US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did encourage other countries to do so.

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Rebels have opened a new front in the Yemeni civil war. Yemeni separatists, known as the Southern Transitional Council, have taken almost full control of the southern port city of Aden after days of fighting with government forces.

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On 21 January, the Turkish military bombed Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled city in northern Syria. Referring to the Kurds, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “clean our region from this trouble completely“.

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Last Sunday, 14 January, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claimed Israel “killed the Oslo Accords”. The following day, leaders of the Palestinian Central Council voted to call for the suspension of PLO’s recognition of and security cooperation with the Jewish state, until Israel “recognises the state of Palestine”, ceases its annexation of East Jerusalem, and stops the expansion of settlements.

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