The Israel-Iran Clash Will Be a Battle of Small Increments, Not an All Out War By Faisal Al Yafai - May 21, 2018

Even now, nearly two weeks on from the most serious clash between Iran and Israel inside Syria on May 9, it is not clear what actually happened. The story, repeated without compelling evidence by most media outlets, is that Iran fired around 20 rockets at the Israeli army in the Golan Heights, Syrian territory that … Continue reading “The Israel-Iran Clash Will Be a Battle of Small Increments, Not an All Out War”

After the Fighting, Turkey Confronts the Real Struggle for Afrin By Haid Haid - May 20, 2018

Having won the battle for the northern Syrian city of Afrin, Turkey now faces the much more daunting task of winning the peace. Motivated first by the priority to drive the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from its southern border, Turkey has been left with a governance vacuum that it will struggle to fill. There … Continue reading “After the Fighting, Turkey Confronts the Real Struggle for Afrin”

Turkey and Israel’s Fraying Ties Go Beyond Erdogan and Netanyahu By Ömer Taşpınar - May 20, 2018

Turkish-Israeli relations are going from bad to worse and there is not much light at the end of tunnel. Those who believed Turkey and Israel should be able to work together based on shared economic and strategic interests – strong trade, energy cooperation, stability in Syria, containment of Iran – often make a simple point: … Continue reading “Turkey and Israel’s Fraying Ties Go Beyond Erdogan and Netanyahu”

Who and What Is Behind the Surge of Assassinations in Rebel-held Syria? Those are the Wrong Questions By Haid Haid - May 14, 2018

In a country at war with itself, death is tragically the norm in the battle for territorial domination. But even by the standards of the seven-year-long civil war in Syria, the spate of assassinations witnessed recently is unheard of. For while assassinations are not uncommon, the intensity, apparent coordination and timing of these incidents make … Continue reading “Who and What Is Behind the Surge of Assassinations in Rebel-held Syria? Those are the Wrong Questions”