Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Anybody familiar with the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre knows about the Palestinian terror group “Black September,” which was active in the early 1970s. Black September, the organization, was either a faction within or a splinter off of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah party that specialized in terrorist attacks on an international scale (by which I mean in places… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Middle East update: February 3-4 2018

SYRIA Obviously the weekend’s big news was the downing of a Russian Sukhoi SU-25 aircraft over Idlib province on Saturday. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham claimed credit for the shoot down and for killing the pilot, who bailed out and made it to the ground but was killed in a subsequent firefight. Assuming HTS did shoot the plane… Continue reading Middle East update: February 3-4 2018

Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Anybody familiar with the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre might wonder if the title of this post refers to the Palestinian terrorist organization that perpetrated the Munich attack, and the answer is See, “Black September,” the organization, never would have existed if it weren’t for “Black September,” the event that began on September 16, 1970 in… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)