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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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A new chapter in the Sunni-Shi’ite war

Jerusalem Post, 3/4 The assembling of a Sunni coalition to challenge the advance of an Iranian proxy in Yemen, and the subsequent announcement in Sharm al-Sheikh of the formation of a 40,000 strong  Arab rapid reaction force are the latest … Continue reading

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The Kobani Precedent

Jerusalem Report, 23/3 Recently,  I attempted to undertake a reporting trip into the Kurdish Kobani enclave in northern Syria.  It would not have been my first visit, neither to Syria nor to Kobani.  For the first time, however, I found … Continue reading

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Four rival factions pick over Syria’s bones

PJmedia, 5/3 In the latest blow to supporters of the “moderate” elements among the Syrian rebels, the Harakat Hazm “Movement of Determination” this week announced that it was disbanding. Hazm was never a large group. It never possessed more than … Continue reading

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Heartbreaking Times

Jerusalem Post, 7/3 Kobani refugees faced a bitter winter on the Turkish-Syrian border, yet there was one bright spot: The fight to rid the Kurdish Syrian town of Islamic State jihadists was officially declared over on January 27. The Kurdish … Continue reading

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