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Faisal Al Yafai

Faisal Al Yafai is currently writing a book on the Middle East. He is also a frequent commentator on international TV networks such as CNN, the BBC and France 24. Al Yafai has been an investigative journalist for The Guardian, a documentary journalist for the BBC and a writer for other news outlets. He is also an essayists and playwright. Al Yafai has reported from across the Middle East, and from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. He served as a Churchill Fellow in Lebanon and Indonesia. He can be followed on Twitter @FaisalAlYafai.

Articles By Faisal Al Yafai

Hezbollah’s Push into Supermarkets Is Accelerating the Fragmentation of Lebanon By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 18, 2021

The news that Hezbollah was officially launching its own chain of supermarkets in Lebanon was greeted with derision on social media. Photos showed shelves packed with what looked to be Iranian-sourced goods, provoking enormous, and often furious, online debate as to why the supermarkets appeared to be reserved for Hezbollah supporters only. The militant group’s … Continue reading “Hezbollah’s Push into Supermarkets Is Accelerating the Fragmentation of Lebanon”

Turkey Wants More Friends, But Won’t Change Behavior That’s Made Enemies By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 4, 2021

Turkey’s president faced his Justice and Development Party (AKP) congress last week for the first time in three years and claimed a new vision for the next two years. Turkey would “increase the number of our friends and resolve hostilities in the region,” he told a crowd of thousands. Because of Turkey’s geographic position, he … Continue reading “Turkey Wants More Friends, But Won’t Change Behavior That’s Made Enemies”

A Death in Syria Forces Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries into the Spotlight By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 21, 2021

In the spring of 2017, a Syrian man was killed outside the city of Homs. Those who killed him made a gruesome video in which they first brutally beat him, before beheading him and setting fire to his corpse. The men, speaking Russian and wearing camouflage clothing without military insignia, then pose with the body. … Continue reading “A Death in Syria Forces Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries into the Spotlight”

After the Killing of 13 Turks, Ankara Threatens to Export its Syria Strategy to Iraq By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 7, 2021

  The killing of 13 Turkish citizens inside Iraq in February has sparked a far-reaching political row that now stretches all the way from Washington to Tehran and shows no signs of ending. So serious has the row become – and so determined does Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appear to be to keep it … Continue reading “After the Killing of 13 Turks, Ankara Threatens to Export its Syria Strategy to Iraq”

What a Terrorist in a Suit Says About the Future of the Syrian Conflict By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 22, 2021

An unusual photograph continues to make the rounds on the parts of social media that are obsessed with the Syrian conflict. It’s a photograph of Abu Mohammed Al Jolani, the head of Hayat Tahrir Al Sham, the militant group and former Al Qaeda-affiliate that controls Idlib, the last Syrian rebel province not in regime hands. … Continue reading “What a Terrorist in a Suit Says About the Future of the Syrian Conflict”