Middle East update: August 1 2017

You may have noticed that I've been away for a couple of weeks. While I'm absolutely not going to try to catch you up on everything that's happened while I've been away, I will be interspersing the usual daily news with a few stories that developed over that time. IRAQ Combat operations in western Mosul … Continue reading Middle East update: August 1 2017

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It’s important to know who your friends are

There's an interesting internal dispute going on within the Syrian opposition right now that I think really helps to illustrate how difficult it will be for the US to ever successfully cultivate a "moderate" opposition in order to counter ISIS and, eventually, to maybe take on Bashar al-Assad. Lately it seems that Jabhat al-Nusra, currently … Continue reading It’s important to know who your friends are

Judean People’s Front, Judean Popular People’s Front, and Campaign for a Free Galilee unite to form Popular Front of Judea–er, Syria

If the Syrian rebels were half as good at fighting Assad as they are at reorganizing themselves into new combinations, the war would've been over two years ago. My innate cynicism aside, though, this reorganization might be a big deal: A statement posted online said Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Suqour al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, … Continue reading Judean People’s Front, Judean Popular People’s Front, and Campaign for a Free Galilee unite to form Popular Front of Judea–er, Syria