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Growing Up in War Zones, a review of Shooting Ghosts: A US Marine and a Combat Photographer, and their Journey Back from War by Finbarr O’Reilly and Thomas J. Brennan. (Viking,2017).

  Jerusalem Post, 24/8 ‘Shooting Ghosts’  is a joint memoir, depicting the friendship, experience of war and trauma and long road to recovery of two very different individuals.   Finbarr O’Reilly is a veteran Canadian photojournalist, formerly of the Reuters wire … Continue reading

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Teheran Triumphant in Syria?

Jerusalem Post, 25/8 A flurry of diplomatic activity is currently taking place in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas. While the moves are occurring on separate and superficially unrelated fronts, taken together they produce an emergent picture. That picture is of … Continue reading

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Is Washington ceding Syria to Russian influence?

Jerusalem Post, 28/8 Goodbye ‘Timber Sycamore’: What will the end of the CIA program providing support to Syria’s rebels mean for the future direction of the Syrian conflict? President Donald Trump recently appeared to confirm a number of media reports … Continue reading

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A Match Made in History

American Interest, 17/7 The recent two-day visit of Narendra Modi to Israel, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister, has been depicted as heralding a new strategic partnership between New Delhi and Jerusalem. Indeed, simply by taking place at all, … Continue reading

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Israel and Hizballah: The Battle before the Battle

Jerusalem Post, 14/7 During the 2006 war beween  Israel and Hizballah, Israeli military actions were limited by the broader diplomatic situation.  The expulsion of Syria from Lebanon had taken place a year earlier.  The government of then prime minister Fuad … Continue reading

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Stormclouds over Syria

(Originally Published as ‘Trump is Tripping over Iran and Russia’s Red Lines in Syria’ in Foreign Policy, June 26, 2017) http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/26/trump-is-tripping-over-iran-and-russias-red-lines-in-syria/ In the past five weeks, U.S. forces in Syria have struck directly at the Assad regime and its allies … Continue reading

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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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