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A New Order Emerges in Southern Syria

Jerusalem Post, 30/11 Syrian Regime closes accounts with west- and Israel-linked rebels, as Iran builds and expands its presence in the area   Evidence emerging from south west Syria indicates that the Assad regime has begun to ‘close accounts’ with … Continue reading

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The Return of ISIS

Jerusalem Post, 2/11 The jihadi organization is currently stirring in outlying areas of Iraq and Syria Islamic State fighters operating in the Lower Euphrates river valley this week killed 68 fighters of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces.  Under cover of … Continue reading

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Iran’s ‘Phoney War’

Jerusalem Post, 9/10 Teheran prefers to strike directly only at weak and peripheral enemies, while acting against stronger ones through proxies. Is this distinction sustainable? The effort by the US and its allies to contain and ultimately roll back the … Continue reading

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Leveraging  Murder

Jerusalem Post, 27/10 Turkey and Qatar seek to turn the death of Jamal Khashoggi to political advantage   The killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi represents a golden opportunity for all those forces opposed to the current direction of … Continue reading

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Monuments to the Caliphate in north-east Syria

29/9 In Raqqa, they were exhuming  a mass grave as we drove into the city.  It was by the municipality, in the center of the town.  A great gaping pit.  A group of men in blue municipality uniforms at work … Continue reading

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Basra Heat: Unrest in the city reflects underlying instability in Iraq

Jerusalem Post, 14/9 Over the past week, violent protests have swept the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Twelve people have been killed in the protests and hundreds injured. The protests focused on the dire living conditions in the city, which … Continue reading

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Syrian War: Uneasy Calm in US-protected Kurdish Enclave

The Australian, 8/9 The Syrian-Turkish border area in the early morning hours is calm and almost serene. Driving from the town of Kobane to the border crossing at Semalka one may get the impression that there is not much of … Continue reading

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