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About jonathanspyer

Jonathan Spyer is a Middle East analyst, author and journalist specializing in the areas of Israel, Syria and broader issues of regional strategy. He is a the director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and analysis (MECRA), a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for strategy and Security (JISS) and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Turkey Sets Course against the West in the Mediterranean

Jerusalem Post, 2/8 Turkey’s ambitions to assert itself as a Middle East power are currently in evidence across the western part of the region.  Ankara occupies a chunk of north west Syria. Its troops are currently massing on the border … Continue reading

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Militias to merge into Iraqi Security Forces?

Jerusalem Post, 5/7 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abd el-Mehdi this week announced that the Shia militias of the Popular Mobilization Units or ‘Hashd al-Shaabi’ are to be fully integrated into the Iraqi security forces.  According to the statement announcing this … Continue reading

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Missiles in the Desert

  Jerusalem Post 17/5 Evidence grows that Iran is stationing missiles directed at Israel with its client militias in western Iraq   In a speech delivered on May 9, Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, Secretary General of the Hizballah Nujaba movement in … Continue reading

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Arab Spring: the Second Coming?

Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security 1.5.19 The current instability in Algeria, Sudan and Libya has led to some excited western media coverage heralding a second chapter of the Arab Spring.  Those celebrating should be careful what they wish for. … Continue reading

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Generals Vs. Islamists in Libya

Jerusalem Post, 26/4 Regional Rivals Clash via Proxies in Tripoli Fight The offensive by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army on Tripoli is currently stalled. Haftar’s troops have encountered strong resistance from Sunni Islamist militias based in the city, … Continue reading

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The Fall of the Caliphate

No new beginnings in sight for ravaged Syria. Jerusalem Post (8/3) The Islamic State proclaimed by the Iraqi jihadist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul on June 29, 2014, is about to cease to exist. At the … Continue reading

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Below, Within and Above

Iran’s Strategy for Control of Syria Jerusalem Post, 1/2 Recent statements by a number of Israeli officials have claimed a degree of success in Israel’s efforts to contain and rollback Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.  But while Israel’s tactical successes are … Continue reading

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