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The March of Folly in Iraq

PJmedia, 19/5 (published under the title ‘Did US Policy Allow Ramadi to Fall?’) The fall of Ramadi to the fighters of the Islamic State is a disaster for the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The taking of the … Continue reading

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A tremor in Iranian Kurdistan

Iranian Kurds break their silence Jerusalem Post, 15/5 The events this week in the Mahabad area of Iran’s Western Azerbaijan province cast light on the difficult situation faced by one of the region’s least-noticed minorities – the Kurds of Iran. … Continue reading

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Assad Not Finished Yet

Jerusalem Post, 1/5 A number of reports have been published in recent days suggesting the tide of the war in Syria may finally have turned decisively against the Assad regime. The reports cite a series of successes the Syrian rebels … Continue reading

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The Islamic State Comes to Damascus

 Jerusalem Post, 18/4 The latest reports suggest that Islamic State fighters have largely withdrawn from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk, on the outskirts of Damascus. The jihadis have returned to the district of Hajar al-Aswad, from where they launched … Continue reading

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The Middle East Battle Lines are Drawn

Jerusalem Report, 16/4. In the last decade, the Middle East has been living through a political convulsion of historic proportions.  Regimes that once appeared immovable have been destroyed or have receded.  New forces have risen up and are making war … Continue reading

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ISIS Pushes West

PJMedia, 10/4 The conquest by the Islamic State of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus confirms the resilience of the jihadis and is an indicator of their current strategy.  Islamic State has lost considerable ground in Iraq, with the … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of the Gunmen

PJmedia, 5/4 In a process of profound importance, five Arab states in the Middle East have effectively ceased to exist over the last decade.  The five states in question are Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Libya.  It is possible that … Continue reading

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