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  • "Key Arab Gulf states — Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE — will continue to fund violent Sunni Islamist factions, and truly dangerous extreme movements like al Qaeda and [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] will continue to gain funding and volunteers," he said. "The spillover of violence into Lebanon and Iraq will continue, and likely will expand."

    Syria peace talks open with bitter clash on fate of Bashar Assad →

  • "The maxim that any dialogue is better than no dialogue — 'to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war' — may produce some benefit, although there are times when better understanding does lead to even more hostility," Middle East analyst Anthony Cordesman wrote in an assessment published Wednesday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

    Syria peace talks open with bitter clash on fate of Bashar Assad →

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