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Category Archives: Middle East

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April 26, 2018

U.S. forces in Syria aim for low profile, and high-powered results

MANBIJ, Syria –  The quiet, low-profile U.S. military presence in Syria isn’t quite so low-profile up close.
The American flag flies high from a number of a dozen or so positions the military has established, and can be spotted from afar …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
April 16, 2018

Jason Pearlman discusses Western action in Syria on BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Syria

Dr Alan Mendoza speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live about airstrikes taking place in Syria

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Syria
April 11, 2018

Alan Mendoza Appears on ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ To Discuss Syria

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Syria
March 28, 2018

Netanyahu, wife, son questioned by police in corruption case

Police on Monday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara and son Yair, in a high-profile corruption investigation revolving around Bezeq, the Israeli telecom giant.
While the prime minister faced investigators at his official residence in Jerusalem, his wife and …

Posted in Israel, News Coverage
March 17, 2018

UK experts: Extremism stems from more than just ‘radical religion’

LONDON: The idea that “radical ideology” is a core factor in motivating extremism — a notion which has become “quite fashionable” in the UK in recent years — should be treated with caution, UK experts have warned.
Jane Kinninmont, deputy head …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage
March 9, 2018

Crown prince’s approach to women’s rights is eye-catching and long overdue

In the end, it was the battle of the billboards.
Campaign posters both positive and negative displayed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sporting a smile. To be honest, both sides’ views struck me as equally questionable.
But if the avowedly modern personality …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Saudi Arabia
March 7, 2018

Najah Al-Otaibi discusses the visit of MbS to the UK on LBC Radio

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to London offers counter-extremism fresh start

Since becoming Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in June, Prince Mohammed bin Salman has laid down a series of bold initiatives, perhaps none more challenging that his vow to return the country to the “moderate Islam” of his grandfathers
It ranks …

Posted in News Coverage, Saudi Arabia

Jason Pearlman speaks to BBC Three Counties on UK-Saudi Arabia relations

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Saudi Arabia
March 6, 2018

Netanyahu reaps the benefits of treating Trump with respect, rather than contempt

Not many world leaders can claim to be on friendly personal terms with Donald Trump. There are fewer still who would regard a visit to this particular president’s White House as a crowning achievement, and one which would increase their …

Posted in Israel, Opinion Editorial, United States
March 5, 2018

Trump, Netanyahu to meet amid growing uncertainty on Mideast peace deal

President Trump will meet Monday in Washington with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with hopes of soon reaching a long-sought Mideast peace agreement, as both world leaders try to make international progress amid the strains of domestic investigations into each …

Posted in Israel, News Coverage

Dr Alan Mendoza appears on Fox News to discuss Netanyahu’s visit to the US

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Israel
March 3, 2018

The Fresh Prince: Will Saudi royal Mohammed bin Salman’s reforms bring actual change?

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made”, FDR once said.
If we were to apply the same logic to a current world leader and three-letter acronym, the Saudi crown prince known as MBS, we would be …

Posted in News Coverage, Saudi Arabia
March 1, 2018

Think twice before protesting the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia’s visit. He’s the ally Britain needs

My father – a Bedouin – was born in a tent.
He went on to have a successful army career, reaching a high rank.
My mother – who never attended formal school – married him at 16. Together they raised 13 sons …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Saudi Arabia
February 14, 2018

Why Britain needs to forge closer ties with the GCC

The recent capture by US-led Kurdish forces of Alexander Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, the two remaining British members of the so-called ‘Beatles’ group of ISIS militants, is a further welcome sign of the dissipation of the ISIS death cult …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial
February 13, 2018

Britain must back region’s fight against extremists, think tank reports

Greater cooperation with Gulf countries to counter violent extremism and tackle radicalisation of Muslims would improve British security one year on from a spate of mass casualty terrorist attacks, the Henry Jackson Society think tank says in a new report.
“Western countries …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Terrorism & Security

Britain urged to boost anti-terror ties with Gulf

LONDON: The British government can help tackle the root causes of extremism by strengthening its ties with civil society groups throughout the Gulf region, a London-based think-tank has said.
A report due to be published Tuesday by the Henry Jackson Society …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Terrorism & Security
January 22, 2018

Turkish operation in Afrin could result in calamity for Ankara

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened on Jan. 13 to begin a military operation “in about a week ” to evict Kurdish militants from Afrin in northwestern Syria. Erdoğan has repeatedly threatened to “cleanse ” Afrin of the fighters over the last …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Turkey

Syrian war reaches Britain as volunteers, not soldiers, die fighting ISIL

Between 2007 and 2011 the small British town of Wootton Bassett came to a halt as the bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan passed through on the way home to their families. Several times a month church bells rang out, …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
January 19, 2018

ISIS is building a new “caliphate” in northwestern Syria

The reality is different. ISIS terrorists are on the rise in north-western Syria. But how could this happen?
In October and November, troops of the Syrian regime advanced against the terrorist militia in the east of the country. Many expected a month-long battle for …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
January 15, 2018

Iran-backed Iraqi militias pose ‘serious’ threat to US

London- When the Islamic State (ISIS) surged across Iraq in 2014, the Iraqi state and its army buckled. Iraqi forces retreated in disorder. Soldiers were killed outright; many were captured and subsequently executed. This presaged a national crisis.
Shia cleric Ayatollah …

Posted in Iran, Iraq, News Coverage
January 12, 2018

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria’s Idlib province

The Syrian regime is conducting a major military offensive against the northwest province of Idlib – which is primarily under the control of the al-Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly known as the Nusra Front.
The offensive comes as the regime …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
January 4, 2018

Assad drops almost 70,000 barrel bombs on Syria, study finds

Bashar al Assad’s regime has dropped almost 70,000 barrel bombs on Syria during the country’s near seven-year civil war, according to a report released this week.
The report, published by the non-profit Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), is perhaps the …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
December 30, 2017

“Death to the dictator”

How dicey is the revolt for the mullahs? BILD spoke with Iran experts and Middle East analysts.

For two days, tens of thousands of Iranians across the country have been demonstrating against their government, the Islamist mullah regime.
Their starting point was the …

Posted in Iran, Middle East, News Coverage
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