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The Sleepwalkers

PJMedia, 26/7 The terror attacks in Nice, Wurzburg and Normandy are the latest manifestations of what should now be seen as a still fairly low-level Islamist insurgency taking place in a number of west European countries. The fact that this … Continue reading

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The Number in the Darkness

19/7 On the night of August 9, 2006, our unit was ordered to cross the border and  commence an operation into Marj Ayoun and El Khiam.  It was the conclusion of a period of several days in which we had … Continue reading

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Islamic State shifts strategy

Jerusalem Post, 8/7 ISIS’s pretensions to statehood are receding as it loses ground, but the organization is anything but defeated as a recent string of mass terror attacks shows. The latest wave of bombings by Islamic State confirm a pattern long … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Second Lebanon War

(An abridged version of this article appeared in the Jerusalem Post, 23/6) 10 years since the Second Lebanon War.  For those of us who took part in it, that war remains, always just in view. Like a suitcase filled with … Continue reading

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Sinking in the Syrian quagmire

Jerusalem Report, 8/6. Hezbollah remains a powerful foe, but its claim to spearhead the Arab fight against Israel has been dented and its involvement in the Syrian civil war has cost it heavily   Speaking at a gathering in southern … Continue reading

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Black Banner at the gates of Europe

The Islamic State Comes to Libya Jerusalem Post, 29/4 At a meeting of G5 world leaders in Hanover, Germany this week, a proposal was raised for US warships to join vessels of EU navies off the coast of Libya.  Their … Continue reading

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The Changing ISIS Threat

The Australian, 23/4 Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, advances in Libya The reconquest by the forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad of the town of Qaryatayn from Islamic State this month is the latest indication of the … Continue reading

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