The Turkish military this week scouted Syria’s Idlib province, in the north west of the country, in preparation for a military operation in the province. The deployment of a reconnaissance team into Idlib came days after Turkish troops and armor massed on the Turkish Syrian border, and a section of the border wall was dismantled […]
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In April 2017, rumors circulated about new sanctions to be imposed on Hizballah and its allies by the U.S. Congress and Treasury Department, following the leaking of a draft sanctions bill. This was following their repeated violations of UN Resolution 1701 in South Lebanon as well as involvement in the Syrian civil war. The initial […]
This article demonstrates “circuitous but intended outcomes”–or the desirable consequences accurately anticipated and predicted by the actors involved at the moment the act is carried out–in the case of the October 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt. This case provides a strong illustration of how an actor who wages war can circuitously achieve political goals despite suffering military defeat on the battleground. Egypt’s President Anwar al-Sadat astonishingly predicted the indirect results of the war he initiated. Sadat forecast that Egypt needed a spark–“crossing the canal and capturing just ten centimeters of Sinai”–which would trigger the involvement of much more powerful forces, such as the superpowers–and the United States in particular–leading them to successfully compel Israel to withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt’s desired goal.
Previously I have written on Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi, a small group deployed at the time I wrote the article to Latakia province, under the leadership of one al-Hajj Mukhtar and asserting direct affiliation with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Cor…
Details regarding my upcoming book, to be published on December 1st: https://www.amazon.com/Days-Fall-Reporters-Journey-Syria/dp/1138561207 Advertisements
Understandably, there has been widespread disbelief on social media regarding the claim published by the Islamic State’s Amaq News that the Las Vegas attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State” (i.e. inspired by Islamic State to carry out the attack)…