Author Archives: jonathanspyer

Doha Descending

Jerusalem Post, 11/1 Amid rumors of Mashaal’s expulsion, Doha trying to regain alliance with Egypt, Saudi Arabia It is still not clear whether reports in Turkish newspaper Aydinlik concerning the expulsion by Qatar of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal are accurate. … Continue reading

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How are Things in Kobani?

PJmedia, 9/1 The battle for the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani just entered its fourth month. It is now a fight for a heap of ruins. Four months of intense ground combat, involving tanks, mortars and RPGs as well as … Continue reading

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A Crossing of the Lines (an excerpt from a book I want to write)

On the night I was due to leave I sat in the media center talking to a very thin, very tall and soft spoken Kurdish man in his mid-30s, who everyone treated with a sort of quiet deference.  This was … Continue reading

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Interview with Eric Stackelbeck.

http://blogs.cbn.com/stakelbeckonterror/archive/2014/12/30/the-watchman-show-2014-year-in-review.aspx

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Battlelines Emerge in Israel’s Election Campaign

PJmedia, 26/12 With the date of the elections set for March 17th, the campaigning season has begun in Israel. There was little public enthusiasm for the new polls. It is only 20 months since the last time Israelis turned out … Continue reading

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Islamic State forces Approach Israel-Syria Border

Jerusalem Post, 26/12 Islamic State has suffered severe losses as a result of coalition air strikes in the last months. Over 1,000 of its fighters have been killed, and Kurdish peshmerga forces have driven the jihadists back on a wide … Continue reading

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Iran and the Shia militias advance in Iraq

Tower Magazine, December, 2014.   http://www.thetower.org/article/how-iraq-became-a-wholly-owned-subsidiary-of-the-islamic-republic-of-iran/ (Co-authored with Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi) The United States and its Western allies have recently undertaken airstrikes and other military measures against the Islamic State (I.S., also known as ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq. Contrary to … Continue reading

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