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IS and the Incoherence of Western Policy

Fathom Journal, October 2014 Western bombing of targets in the area controlled by the Islamic State (IS) organisation has commenced. US and allied planes have struck at both military and infrastructural targets in the area controlled by the IS and … Continue reading

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The Shia-Sunni war Reaches Lebanon

Jerusalem Post, 17/10 Hezbollah is under pressure as the consequences of its ongoing intervention in Syria have come back to bite the terrorist organization. There are increasing indications that the sectarian war raging in Iraq and Syria is now moving … Continue reading

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MERIA Special Report: Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani?

*** WARNING:  This post contains images which some readers may disturbing.   Please scroll down to view these images. The fate of Kobani city now hangs in the balance, as around 9000 fighters of the Islamic State organization close in on … Continue reading

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Western fear of angering Turkey leaves besieged Kurdish town at mercy of Islamic State

Jerusalem Post, 7/10 The fate of the Kurdish enclave in Kobani appears to be sealed. The greater part of the formerly Kurdish-ruled area has already fallen to the forces of Islamic State. Some 9,000 Islamic State fighters are positioned close … Continue reading

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Flawed western strategy in Iraq and Syria

The United States and its allies have launched a military campaign whose stated goal is, in the words of President Barack Obama, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (I.S., also known as ISIS or ISIL) established by Sunni … Continue reading

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The Defense of Kobani

Jerusalem Post, 27/9 This week witnessed the second determined attempt by Islamic State forces to destroy the Kurdish enclave around Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) city in northern Syria. Kobani is one of three autonomous enclaves maintained by the Kurds in Syria. … Continue reading

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The Guns of August

Inside the Kurdish-IS War Jerusalem Report, 17/9   Erbil has changed a lot since I was there last. In early 2013, on my way into Syrian Kurdistan, I had stopped off in the city for a few days to make … Continue reading

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