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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

Soleimani's Death Has Offered Iran’s Hardliners an Early Election Gift By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 8, 2020

With around six weeks to go before Iran’s parliamentary election, Tehran’s hardliners could scarcely have wished for a better gift from the president of the United States than the sudden, shocking killing of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force. The death of Soleimani, a cunning military commander who had a hand in conflicts … Continue reading “Soleimani's Death Has Offered Iran’s Hardliners an Early Election Gift”

China, Russia and Iran’s War Games in the Gulf of Oman Are a Means of Plotting an Escape Route By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 6, 2020

The sight of warships sailing toward the Gulf of Oman is a common one, but the last few days of December provided an unprecedented spectacle in the waters off the coast of Iran. For the first time, Russian frigates joined Iranian ships and a modern Chinese guided-missile destroyer for a four-day naval exercise in the … Continue reading “China, Russia and Iran’s War Games in the Gulf of Oman Are a Means of Plotting an Escape Route”

The Architect of a New Era in Algeria Is Dead But a Rare Opportunity Has Come to Life By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 29, 2019

Grand politics so often comes down to mere circumstance, shaped by, as the post-war British prime minister, Harold Macmillan, purportedly said, “Events, dear boy, events.” So it is with Algeria, where last week former Prime Minister Abdelmajid Tebboune was inaugurated as the country’s first new president for two decades. Just days later, army chief Ahmed … Continue reading “The Architect of a New Era in Algeria Is Dead But a Rare Opportunity Has Come to Life”

Piece by Piece, India’s Government Is Seeking to Turn Millions into Strangers in Their Own Land By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 17, 2019

For days, protests have spread across India against a new citizenship law that critics say marginalizes Muslims. Prime minister Narendra Modi insists the law will not “affect any citizen of any religion,” but protestors are not inclined to believe him or his government. As is often the case, the protesters are shrewder than the politicians. … Continue reading “Piece by Piece, India’s Government Is Seeking to Turn Millions into Strangers in Their Own Land”

Turkey Is Forcing Europe to Deal with Its Forgotten Sons and Daughters By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 14, 2019

Four weeks have passed since Turkey began enacting one of its most controversial policies, forcibly deporting ISIS fighters and their families without the consent of the receiving country. The deportations have continued regularly; on December 9, 11 French nationals landed back in France. At least two dozen ISIS members have been deported to countries across … Continue reading “Turkey Is Forcing Europe to Deal with Its Forgotten Sons and Daughters”