In the east of Syria, the so-called race to Abu Kamal between the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces and the forces of Iran, the Assad regime and Russia appears to be close to conclusion – in the latter’s favor. Regime forces moved into the town last Thursday. They were then expelled by an unexpected Islamic State […]
British-Israeli Jonathan Spyer knows he’s been gambling with his life, but says getting the story is worth it Jonathan Spyer had been behind enemy lines many times before, carefully guarding his dangerous secret. But on a fine Spring day in Aleppo this year, in an area controlled by the Syrian regime, he thought his cover […]
Beyond the Green Line is Marc Goldberg’s account of his service in the IDF, during the latter phase of the Second Intifada. Goldberg, a native of London, served with an elite unit of the IDF’s Paratroopers’ Brigade. The book takes the reader through the author’s immigration to Israel, his enlistment in the paratroopers, and his […]
The advance of Iran-supported Iraqi government and paramilitary forces against their Kurdish opponents continued this week. The Kurdish Regional Government, in a statement issued on the morning of October 25th, offered to ‘freeze’ the results of the referendum on independence conducted on September 25th, in light of what they called the ‘grave and dangerous circumstances’ […]
Iraqi forces took Kirkuk city from the Kurds this week with hardly a shot fired. Twenty-two Kurdish fighters were killed in the sporadic and disorganized resistance, while seven Iraqi soldiers also lost their lives. It is a remarkable setback for the Kurds, who just a few weeks ago held an independence referendum. The loss of Kirkuk especially, […]
Jonathan Spyer, a Middle East analyst, journalist, and author, discusses his new book, “Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars,” a first-person account from behind the scenes of the top news story of this decade.