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US Strategy and Israel’s Stake in Eastern Syria

Jerusalem Post, 24/6 The downing on June 18th  of a Syrian Air Force SU-22 by a UA Navy F-18 Super Hornet over the skies of northern Syria sharply raises the stakes in the emergent stand-off in the country.  This stand-off … Continue reading

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Lines in the Sand

Jerusalem Post, 9/6 An alliance of pro-US Sunni Arab states is emerging The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen  to cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar is the latest step in the re-emergence of … Continue reading

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The Race for the Ruins

Jerusalem Post, 26/5 Events taking place in a remote stretch of south east Syrian desert in recent days reveal the current direction of US Middle East strategy.   An observable ratcheting up of US and allied air and special forces … Continue reading

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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 English translation of the article: The British researcher Jonathan Spyer  managed to obtain an entry visa to the areas under the control of the Assad regime last April. This was within the framework of  a delegation of foreign … Continue reading

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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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