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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.

Idlib: The Next Phase

Jerusalem Post, 6/3 Russia’s desire to woo Turkey from the west likely to prevent all out Turkey-Syria War   Clashes between Turkish and Syrian regime forces in north west Syria are ongoing.  For the first time in the Syrian civil … Continue reading

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Syria’s Wild South west

Jerusalem Post, 21/2 The global spotlight has currently returned to Syria because of the Assad regime’s current bloody offensive in Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia Provinces.  The regime is trying to reduce the last enclave held by the Sunni Arab rebels … Continue reading

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Anonymous Soldier

A LEHI operative in London Jerusalem Post magazine, 21/2. Ya’acov Heruti, one of Israel’s first covert warriors, is today the resident of a quiet and well ordered retirement home in Tel Aviv.  His room is neat and well-kept, his Filipina … Continue reading

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The Benefit of Clarity: Hizballah-dominated government emerges in Lebanon

Jerusalem Post, 24/1 For the first time since the departure of Syrian troops from Lebanon in 2005, the latter country has a government in which only Hizballah and its allies are represented.  This is likely to have a significant negative effect … Continue reading

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Letter from Tel Tamr

A version of this article, entitled ‘New Year, same Chaos in Syria,’ appeared in the Australian Newspaper on 3/1 ‘On October 9th, at 3pm, the attack on Ras al-ain began.  There was artillery shelling.  We sent the women and children … Continue reading

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The Blood-Dimmed Tide

Jerusalem Post, 27/12 Syrian chaos reflects the conclusive breakdown of the post Cold War Regional Order   A number of significant developments under way in Syria reflect the confusing strategic situation in the region, as a variety of players compete … Continue reading

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The Riddle of Baghdad

Jerusalem Post, 13/12 Last week, five rockets were fired at the Ayn al-Asad base in Iraq’s Anbar Province.  The base is a facility housing US troops.  Ayn al-Asad is something of a symbol for the 5,000 strong US presence in … Continue reading

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