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The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new...

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of...

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Jul 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA”s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials. Arab intelligence services and the CIA have been training rebels since 2013 under the code name Timber Sycamore. The training...

UN ends round of Syria with ‘no breakthrough’

UN ends round of Syria with ‘no breakthrough’

Jul 15, 2017

The seventh round of intra-Syria talks aimed at helping to end the country’s six-year-old war wrapped up with “no breakthrough, no breakdown”. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday the Syrian government has not budged in its unwillingness to discuss political transition at the talks in Geneva while President Bashar al –...

What the taking of Mosul means

What the taking of Mosul means

Jul 13, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy PAUL ROGERS 13 July 2017 Victory is declared in Iraq’s second city. But ISIS is undefeated, and the long war continues. Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi travelled to Mosul on 10 July to announce the city’s final seizure from ISIS. The campaign had begun in October, and was expected to be over...

ISIS After Mosul

ISIS After Mosul

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Mosul, the city where the group first announced its self-styled caliphate three years ago. Before long, ISIS is expected also to lose Raqqa, its last stronghold, on which its grip is already...

Deficit of Trust Between Arabs, Kurds Complicates Raqqa Battle

Deficit of Trust Between Arabs, Kurds Complicates Raqqa Battle

Jul 11, 2017

Kurdish-led fighters made further advances Tuesday in the fight to oust the Islamic State terror group from its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria. They have been consolidating their foothold in the old city, while amassing soldiers in the eastern suburbs, ready for a deeper strike, say commanders with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.…...

Battle to Retake Raqqa a Desperate House-to-House Fight

Battle to Retake Raqqa a Desperate House-to-House Fight

Jul 11, 2017

The battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group is a fight increasingly without front lines. The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have breached the old city and control about a quarter of the terror group’s de facto capital, say American officials, but holding what has already been seized is…...

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

Jul 9, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Shlomo Ben-Ami TEL AVIV – With the battles of Mosul and Raqqa dislodging the Islamic State (ISIS) from its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the Syrian civil war becoming a war of attrition, the Middle East’s most acute conflicts are evolving fast. But that doesn’t mean they will soon be resolved. ISIS’s self-proclaimed...

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a major independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence informs....

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