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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.

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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Will Turkey invade north east Syria?

Jerusalem Post, 11/1 Significant obstacles remain before a Turkish push south The announcement by US President Donald Trump on December 19 of his intention to rapidly withdraw US forces from eastern Syria led to expectations of a rapid move by … Continue reading

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Five thoughts on the passing of Amos Oz

28/12 if I think back to the days of my aliyah and the year or two that preceded it -the period 1989-91, Amos Oz was one of the writers who was most present and influential in my mind. His prose, … Continue reading

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Betrayal on the Euphrates

Jerusalem Post, 21/12 The apparent decision by US President Donald Trump to order the complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria was preceded by a looming crisis between the US and Turkey. It is worth looking at this crisis in … Continue reading

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A New Order Emerges in Southern Syria

Jerusalem Post, 30/11 Syrian Regime closes accounts with west- and Israel-linked rebels, as Iran builds and expands its presence in the area   Evidence emerging from south west Syria indicates that the Assad regime has begun to ‘close accounts’ with … Continue reading

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