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Al-Arabiya write about my recent visit to Syria

  http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/mob/arab-and-world/syria/2017/05/18/%D8%B5%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%87-%D8%B9%D8%B6%D9%88-%D9%88%D9%81%D8%AF-%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A7.html

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Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist

Foreign Policy, 20/5. Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist

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Assad’s Hollow Crown

Jerusalem Report, 9/5. The mortar shells came early in the morning.  At about 5.  At regular intervals. Solemn and sinister. They were a reminder of how close it all was. We were in the Damascus Old City. There was still … Continue reading

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After ISIS

Jerusalem Post, 10/3 Who will dominate the post-Islamic State landscape in Iraq and Syria? On the surface, the wars in Syria and Iraq are continuing at full intensity.  The fight between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State in western … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Mosul

Jerusalem Report, 23/2 ‘So I’m a sniper, right, and I see four IS guys approaching.  I’m on a roof.  I take down two of them.  Then the rifle jams. And they’re coming forward.  So I make it down the stairs, … Continue reading

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From the Mosul Frontlines

The Australian, 10/2 The neighbourhood of Hay al-Arabi in eastern Mosul city has the appearance of a place recently visited by apocalypse.  This was one of the last areas east of the Tigris River vacated by the Islamic State organization, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Weapon Wizards by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot

Jerusalem Post, 10/2 Israel’s success over many decades  in the field of military endeavor has long fascinated observers.  The focus on this area was imposed on Israel and the early Zionist movement out of necessity.  But defense industries have today … Continue reading

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