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Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON (National Review)

By   /  October 16, 2019  /  friends/enemies, hypocricy, International, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Oct. 15, 2019 Critics now upset about abandoning our Kurdish friends demanded abject withdrawals — and the abandonment of friends — in Afghanistan and Iraq. “The chief problem is that the Kurds are our friends but not our legal allies. In contrast, the Turks are not really our friends anymore but are legal, treaty-bound allies.” Click here for full […]

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From Israel: Ouch!!, by Arlene Kushner

By   /  October 11, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 12, 2019 The situation I address here is awash in complexities and troubling aspects. This past Sunday, October 6, President Trump, after a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced a very sudden decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria. This was in the face of Turkish threats to invade […]

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Trump did not betray the Kurds, by Caroline B. Glick (Israel Hayom)

By   /  October 11, 2019  /  friends/enemies, International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 11, 2019 The US has neither major influence in Syria nor an interest in confronting Turkey to protect the Kurds. Trump avoided war with Turkey this week and began extracting America from an open-ended commitment to the Kurds it never made. Click here for full article

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The Iran-Israel War Is Here – Jonathan Spyer (WSJ via Daily Alert)

By   /  August 28, 2019  /  friends/enemies, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Aug. 28, 2019 The Iran-Israel War Is Here – Jonathan Spyer The regime in Tehran favors the destruction of the Jewish state. This is a longstanding aim, dating to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. What’s brought it to the fore is that Iran has emerged in the past half decade as the prime beneficiary of the collapse […]

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The Extinction of Christians in the Middle East by Giulio Meotti (Gatestone Inst.)

By   /  August 19, 2019  /  dhimmitude, Human Rights, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Aug. 18, 2019 “I don’t believe in these two words [human rights], there are no human rights. But in Western countries, there are animal rights. In Australia they take care of frogs…. Look upon us as frogs, we’ll accept that — just protect us so we can stay in our land.” — Metropolitan Nicodemus, the […]

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ISIL’s Mass Murder, by Geoffrey Clarfield (National Post)

By   /  July 12, 2019  /  International, media bias, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

ISIL’s Mass Murder  by Geoffrey Clarfield, July10, 2019 ISIL is waging a war of terror against the people they formerly slaughtered and enslaved, namely the Yazidi people of Iraq https://nationalpost.com/opinion/the-annihilation-of-the-yezidi-is-continuing-but-we-say-nothing A coalition of countries led by the United States, including Canada, has been fighting a war in Iraq and Syria for the past few years. […]

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FROM GAZA TO IRAQ: FIRE IS A NEW WEAPON OF ISIS, HAMAS AND OTHERS, by Seth J. Frantzman (J. Post)

By   /  June 9, 2019  /  Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Jun. 9, 2019 More than 2,000 fires have been set in southern Israel and 8,700 acres burned between May 2018 and May 2019. Click here for full article

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Iran-Backed Militias Step Up the Battle in Iraq – Jonathan Spyer (WSJ via Daily Alert)

By   /  March 19, 2019  /  Human Rights, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Mar. 19, 2019 Iran-Backed Militias Step Up the Battle in Iraq – Jonathan Spyer Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq are operating with increasing impunity. On Feb. 3, Shiite militiamen murdered Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub, a chronicler of Iraq’s lost Jewish community, who was a bold critic of Iran’s increasing power in Iraq. A few days later, […]

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The Fall of the Caliphate – Jonathan Spyer (J. Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  March 8, 2019  /  International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Mar. 8, 2019 The Fall of the Caliphate – Jonathan Spyer The Islamic State proclaimed in Mosul on June 29, 2014, is about to cease to exist. The demise of the caliphate does not mean the end of the organization that established it. We are likely to be hearing again from the nucleus of Iraqi Sunni jihadists who […]

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Iran’s Diligent Investment in Empire – Alberto M. Fernandez (MEMRI via Daily Alert)

By   /  March 1, 2019  /  International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Mar. 1, 2019 Iran’s Diligent Investment in Empire – Alberto M. Fernandez While domestically Iran is struggling, regionally it is pursuing an ambitious agenda to reshape the region in its image. The military-security-intelligence relationship between Iran and its regional proxies is the heart of its power projection. Less known are Iranian non-military efforts to create facts […]

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