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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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War in Syria: Can the Kurdish forces fight back?

By   /  October 16, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 9, 2019 Click here for 10 min. France 24 broadcast explaining geographically, what’s going on in Syria

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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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Assad Tries to Stir Up Trouble among the Druze on the Golan Heights – Pinhas Inbari (JCPA via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 17, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 17, 2019 Assad Tries to Stir Up Trouble among the Druze on the Golan Heights – Pinhas Inbari Since the Assad regime returned to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in July 2018, pro-Syrian activities have increased among the Druze in the area. During the first week of September 2019, a large group of […]

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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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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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Are Iran Sanctions Working? – Amir Taheri (Asharq al-Awsat-UK via Daily Alert)

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

July 11, 2019 Are Iran Sanctions Working? – Amir Taheri (Asharq al-Awsat-UK) The pro-Tehran lobby claims that sanctions do not work. But if the aim is to persuade the Khomeinist clique in Tehran to change aspects of its behavior abroad, sanctions are working. The mullahs have started to reduce their footprint in Syria and Yemen. Offices […]

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Tensions Grow between Russia, Iran in Syria – Sirwan Kajjo (VOA via Daily Alert)

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

May 28, 2019 Tensions Grow between Russia, Iran in Syria – Sirwan Kajjo Russian military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria’s Aleppo international airport, local media reported. In the aftermath, several Iranian militia leaders were arrested in what was seen as the latest episode of tensions between Iranian […]

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Trump on track in Middle East by Michael Doran (the Australian)

By   /  May 8, 2019  /  friends/enemies, International, Israel, media bias, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

May 8, 2019 Pay attention to what Donald Trump does, not what he tweets, former prime minister John Howard said in an interview last year. Look beyond the “media snow”, he counselled, and examine “the substance of the outcome of all the things he does”. That was good advice 10 months back, but it is […]

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