Conflict update: February 20 2017

McMaster Gets the Gig Donald Trump has a new national security adviser, and it’s not a name that was on many candidate lists: Lt. General H. R. McMaster. I’ll confess that keeping track of general officers in the US military is not exactly a pastime of mine, so I don’t know much about McMaster. John… Continue reading Conflict update: February 20 2017

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Yom Kippur War begins (1973) and Anwar Sadat is assassinated (1981)

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October 6 is a dual anniversary for contemporary Egypt. On the one hand, October 6, 1973, is the date when Egyptian forces crossed the Suez Canal in a surprise attack against Israeli forces in the (then-Israeli occupied) Sinai Peninsula while Syrian forces attacked Israeli positions…