The Arab press this week referred to international moves on Syria, as well as continued tension in the Gulf region and to successive Turkish crises.
Al-Arab: Assad is making changes to the security services to reduce Iranian hegemony
In this context, Al-Arab newspaper reported that the changes that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recently brought about in the security services indicate a desire to reassure the Russian side on the one hand and to try to reduce the Iranian domination of some of these devices, especially the Air Intelligence Service, which was directed by General Jamil Hassan on the other hand.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: US-Russian understanding in Syria to weaken Iran, fight al-Qaeda
"Negotiations between Washington and Moscow have resulted in" silent understandings "that allow the US military to launch" surgical strikes "in northwestern Syria targeting extremists close to al-Qaeda, a" threat to US national security, "the newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported. With Russia making "quiet steps" to curtail Iran's influence.
Al-Arab: An international path to end the crisis in Syria
Al-Arab newspaper said in turn that " A path appears in the horizon to resolve the Syrian crisis since 2011, amid the rapid pace of Russian and American diplomatic moves, and the United Nations', which is often away from the eyes of the media, to ensure the greatest secrecy until the achievement of the desired goal."
The question that currently imposes itself is whether Iran and Turkey are in the mood, especially since the arrangements are contrary to their interests.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: An Arab-International Forum in Eastern Euphrates concludes with a review of future options
As for the results of the International Forum on Daesh, which was held in the north and east of Syria, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper concluded yesterday the work of the International Forum on «Daesh» organized by the «Roj Center for Strategic Studies» over three days with the participation of more than 125 guests of academicians, experts, political researchers and economists from 15 countries, including the United States and Western and Arab countries, to review options for the future. "
Al-Arab: Ankara fully throws its weight at the Battle of Idlib
As for the escalation in Idlib, its surroundings and its regional and international links, Al-Arab newspaper said: "Turkey has fully thrown its weight at the battle in the province of Idlib, by providing unprecedented military and logistical support to jihadist and militant groups, led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham led by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham(formerly al-Nusra) facing the Syrian government forces. "
"The province of Idlib and its adjacent areas, home to about three million people, face an escalation of the shelling for more than two months, accompanied by fierce battles concentrated in the northern Hama countryside. The province in northwest Syria is the main center of Turkish influence which loss means putting an end to Ankara's dreams in control of northern Syria, and a major setback in its efforts to hit the Kurds whom it considers an existential threat."
Al-Arab: London joins Washington's tough strategy toward Iran
"The British government announced on Thursday that it is ready to discuss any US request that would support Washington's strategy in the Middle East, while Iran threatens to target international shipping across the Strait of Hormuz," Al-Arab newspaper reported.
James Slack, spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May, said his country was ready to consider any US request that would support Washington's Middle East policy.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Washington targets the political wing of «Hezbollah»
"The United States listed three senior figures in Lebanon's Hezbollah as part of the sanctions," al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said in a statement. "This move target3ed for the first time two elements of the political wing of the party despite an old decision not to distinguish between the political and military wings of the party."
Signing "Khartoum Agreement" authorizes a new phase in Sudan
On the Sudanese issue, the Sudanese military council called on Thursday local and international media to attend the signing ceremony in the initials of the transitional agreement with the forces of "freedom and change" in the evening amid talk about postponing the result of some differences.
"The signing of the agreement between the military council and the civil coalition of the Freedom and Change Forces to authorize the start of a new phase in Sudan after the closure of the page of the regime of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Erdogan's party splits... and Babacan is the latest departing
On the Turkish issue, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that "the fragmentation situation within the AKP, led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is worsening. Ali Babacan, one of the founders of the party and previously deputy prime minister, minister of economy and foreign affairs and minister of negotiations with the European Union, resigned from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in preparation for the establishment of a new party with former President Abdullah Gul.
Al-Arab: Turkish-Israeli intelligence coordination reveals Erdogan's contradictions
"The close cooperation between the Israeli intelligence and its Turkish counterpart has helped thwart 12 attacks targeting Israeli interests in the past three years, despite the anti-Israeli rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," Al-Arab newspaper said.
An Israeli television report revealed that Turkey had foiled attacks based on Israeli intelligence. The information was transmitted to Turkey even during periods in which Erdogan attacked Israel publicly and when relations between the two countries were cut off.
The Israeli report reinforces the intelligence coordination between Turkey and Israel, despite Ankara's attempts to conceal it in the context of personal calculations of President Erdogan.