Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1966 Syrian coup

Syria’s road from French colony (er, I mean “protectorate” or whatever) to the mess it is today was littered with coups d’état: three in 1949, one each in 1951, 1954, 1961, 1963, and 1966, and finally the 1970 Corrective Movement that brought Hafez al-Assad to power. I’m probably missing a couple somewhere along the way. … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1966 Syrian coup

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Hama massacre begins (1982)

Calling this post “today in Middle Eastern history” is kind of fake newsy, I’m sorry. The Hama Massacre took place during the month of February 1982, so really we’re talking about this month in Middle Eastern history if you’re going to be pedantic about it. But here we are. While I try to make a … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Hama massacre begins (1982)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Konya (1832)

The Battle of Konya, fought on December 21, 1832, was the decisive battle in the 1831-1833 Ottoman-Egyptian War, and in that sense it serv–I’m sorry, you had a question? Yes, the Ottoman-Egyptian War of 18–huh? Another question? Oh, right. Yes, the Ottomans conquered Egypt in 1517, and we haven’t mentioned that they lost Egypt anywhere … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Konya (1832)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1966 Syrian coup

Syria’s road from French colony (er, I mean “protectorate” or whatever) to the mess it is today was littered with coups d’état: three in 1949, one each in 1951, 1954, 1961, 1963, and 1966, and finally the 1970 Corrective Movement that brought Hafez al-Assad to power. I’m probably missing a couple somewhere along the way. … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1966 Syrian coup

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Six-Day War begins (1967)

Today is the anniversary of the start of the Six-Day War, Israel’s militarily decisive but politically confounding rapid defeat of armies in Egypt, Jordan, and Syria (Iraq and Lebanon were involved as well) that has done as much as any other single event to help shape the modern Middle East. Your perspective on how the war started … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Six-Day War begins (1967)