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Category Archives: Middle East

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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
December 29, 2017

Turkey’s potential military operation in Syria’s Afrin: A Legal Analysis

On what grounds could Turkey intervene in Syria’s Afrin?

Syria’s continuing failure to halt the large-scale outpouring of refugees across international borders and, more importantly, to prevent cross-border terrorist attacks originating from its territory, is indicative of Assad’s inability or unwillingness …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria, Turkey

Fortunes of Nineveh’s minorities unlikely to improve under Hashd al-Shaabi

Following the Peshmerga’s mid-October pullout from Shingal and other parts of the disputed areas they controlled in Nineveh, the predominantly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces, including ones closely aligned with Iran’s goals in the wider region, have gained a foothold …

Posted in Iran, News Coverage
December 18, 2017

Trump Has Continued Obama’s Policy in Syria

Nearly a year into Donald Trump’s administration, the president has followed the track laid down by his predecessors in Syria, accelerating it in some cases, and reinforcing the negative trends of Barack Obama’s defective policy that will undo even apparent …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Syria
December 4, 2017

Securing British Interests in the Gulf Crisis

The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to impose a boycott on Qatar this summer was an out-of-character development for the Gulf, where all too much politics is conducted behind closed doors between the ruling …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Qatar
November 30, 2017

Qatar’s links to global terror groups remain deep, new report finds

Qatar’s financial and intelligence links to global terror groups and Islamist extremists remain deep and continuing, according to a landmark report by the British think tank the Henry Jackson Society (HJS).
In a new publication it recommends a four-point plan of action …

Posted in News Coverage, Qatar

New international report reveals Qatar ties with terrorism still deep

Qatar’s ties with terrorism are continuing, according to a report by the British think tank the Henry Jackson Society.
The group suggests a four-point plan of action to the British government in order to push to Qatar to change its behavior.
The new …

Posted in News Coverage, Qatar
November 29, 2017

Can Abadi reel in the Hashd al-Shaabi before May elections?

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that leaders of the paramilitaries that make up the Shiite-majority Hashd al-Shaabi will not be allowed participate in the May elections unless they disband, indicating that he intends to exert complete state control …

Posted in Iraq, News Coverage
November 21, 2017

Reaching its limits in Syria, what is the next move for the SDF?

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian regime have captured the strategic eastern city of Deir Ezzor from Daesh. Not only does this signify the loss of Daesh’s final urban stronghold in Syria, it also means that the SDF …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Syria

Syria opposition in Riyadh aims to form united front

Baghdad, Iraq – Syria peace talks have become a parallel saga to the suffering and violence that continues in the country, where 6.3 million people remain internally displaced, and more than 470,000 have lost their lives in more than seven years of fighting.
The issues surrounding …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Syria
November 10, 2017

Kyle Orton discusses the War in Syria and Assad on France 24

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Syria
October 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s call for international coalition against Hezbollah faces obstacles

Saudi Arabia appears to be trying to take the confrontation with Hezbollah to a whole new level by calling for an international coalition against the Lebanese movement.
In a tweet Oct. 8, Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan wrote, “The solution …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Saudi Arabia
October 24, 2017

Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia will ‘return to moderate Islam and destroy extremism’, Crown Prince declares as he launches overhaul of economy away from reliance on oil

Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince on Tuesday vowed to restore ‘moderate, open’ Islam, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favour of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth.
‘We are returning to what we were before – a country of …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Saudi Arabia
October 23, 2017

Kyle Orton discusses US-Iran Relations and Iraq on France 24

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Iran, Iraq
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