With ISIS out of the way, underlying tensions have come to the surface. On Sunday October 15, the Pentagon encouraged Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Peshmerga to “avoid escalatory actions,” as Iraq gave the Kurds an ultimatum to withdraw from areas around the city of Kirkuk. The United States said it opposed […]
A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep. Stop us if you’ve heard this story before. The two largest Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation agreement on Thursday meant to reunite the West Bank and the Gaza Strip under a single political leadership, paving the way for the […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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…