Category Archives: Syria

The Saudi Roots of Today’s Shi’ite-Sunni War

My latest piece at The Huffington Post: The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its fervent anti-Shi’ite worldview has once again sparked the debate about the “age-old” conflict between Shi’ites and Sunnis with countless “experts” … Continue reading

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s March

There is much to say about the recent news from Iraq but perhaps the most mind-blowing aspect of ISIL/ISIS and its recent gains in Iraq is the group’s declaration that the Sykes-Picot agreement is null and void. The Sykes-Picot agreement … Continue reading

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Chechens now fighting on both sides of the Syrian conflict?

The “prestige” of Chechen fighters is growing among the rank-and-file of the “rebels.”  Abu Omar ash-Shishani (see image) will be a name we will know as commonly as we know Bin Laden’s in the near future–if he survives the Syrian … Continue reading

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Prolonging the War in Syria

I read an article yesterday that I simply cannot stop thinking about… it outlined how the US is arming the “rebels” in Syria with light weapons and rudimentary military training in CIA camps in Jordan, both of which are not … Continue reading

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“We can get rid of Assad or fight al-Qaeda, but we can’t do both”

This is a very informative article containing a lot of food for thought. The Telegraph: For the past three years, when seeking enlightenment about the Syrian crisis, I have often talked to Alastair Crooke, a former MI6 officer. Mr Crooke, … Continue reading

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