Tag Archives: Iraq

War Across the Borders

PJmedia, 28/3 It has become a commonplace to claim that the unrest in the Arab world is challenging the state borders laid down in the Arab world following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. This claim, however, is … Continue reading

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New Sunni Insurgency in Iraq

Largely ignored by the global media, Iraq today stands on the brink of a renewed Sunni insurgency.  The emergent insurgency in Iraq is following the same sectarian pattern as the civil war in Syria and the growing violence in Lebanon. It … Continue reading

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War across the borders – one sectarian war in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

 A version of this article appeared in the February 2014 issue of Tower magazine: A single sectarian war is currently under way across the Middle East.  This war has a number of fronts, some more intense and active than others.  … Continue reading

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Kurdish Independence Now

The civil war in Syria and the increasing fragility of Iraq have thrown the long-term future of these states into question. For years, they were ruled by brutal regimes that held power in the name of Arab nationalism; as a … Continue reading

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The Kurds are for the Kurds

Weekly Standard, 9/3. In northeast Syria, from the border with Iraq to the disputed town of Seri Kaniyah, a de facto Kurdish autonomous region has emerged. The area, known to the Kurds as western Kurdistan, is ruled by the Democratic … Continue reading

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War over the Ruins

Jerusalem Post, 8/3. The Syrian civil war bursts its banks This week, 48 Syrian soldiers who were reported as having ‘sought refuge’ in Iraq were ambushed and killed on Iraqi soil. At least 9, and possibly as many as 19 … Continue reading

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A Nation Once Again?

Jerusalem Post, 28/12/12 In Syria, the Assad regime’s retreat back to Damascus and the Alawi heartlands in the west of the country has made possible the emergence of a Kurdish autonomous area in the country’s northeast. This area shares a … Continue reading

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Iraq pays the entry fee to the Iran-led bloc

Jerusalem Post, 20/12/11 As the Assad regime in Syria fights for its life, it is important to remember that it still possesses a considerable number of assets. Perhaps most important among these is the fact that its regional allies have … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Shows Iran’s Stake in Regional Insecurity

Jerusalem Post- 04/05/2009 A month ago, US President Barack Obama announced a new strategy to address the current crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama’s plan to ‘disrupt, dismantle and defeat’ al-Qaida and the Taliban in ‘Afpak’ includes deployment of an … Continue reading

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Analysis: Damascus Gets What it Needs

Jerusalem Post- 13/05/2009 In his letter to Congress announcing the renewal of US sanctions on Syria, President Barack Obama was specific regarding the reasons for his decision. Syria, the President said, was “supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and … Continue reading

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