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Time for Turkey to move toward secular diplomacy

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From an optimistic perspective, it could be argued that there are hopeful indicators that the civil war in Syria will soon end, thanks to the ongoing Geneva and Astana processes. Although a stable and peaceful Syria that has secured its unity is a long way ahead, some have observed a relative end to the mass killing of civilians and a relatively solid truce between the Syrian regime and opposition groups.

Amid the decline of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has suffered multiple defeats against the anti-ISIL coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian regime, there are hopes that the war-torn country will be fully cleared of jihadist terrorists in 2018.

In Iraq, the failure of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in its move for independence - thanks to the rare cooperation between Turkey, Iran and Iraq - seems to offer a new opportunity for those three countries to launch a new regional cooperation initiative. With the assistance of the international community, Iraq is also winning the fight against ISIL in its........

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