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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

The Architect of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Shock Therapy’ Introduces Himself to the West By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 12, 2018

As always with visits of world leaders, the real work is done behind the scenes. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was in London last week and will be in Washington for four days next week. In London, of course, there were smiles for the cameras in Downing Street with the British prime minister. But the real … Continue reading “The Architect of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Shock Therapy’ Introduces Himself to the West”

Why Chemical Weapons Have Become a Battleground in Syria’s Information War By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 25, 2018

Ghouta is in the news again. The small enclave outside of Damascus has been a rebel stronghold for years and has been under constant, relentless siege by the Assad regime since early in the civil war. Any time Ghouta is mentioned, it sets off, among the supporters of the regime and the rebels, a potent, raging … Continue reading “Why Chemical Weapons Have Become a Battleground in Syria’s Information War”

Turkey’s Operation in Afrin Is Creating Something Unexpected: the Status Quo By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 19, 2018

A month on from Turkish troops crossing the border and attacking the Syrian town of Afrin, the skirmish is rapidly approaching a turning point. In the past two weeks, two unexpected and barely remarked events have taken place on both sides of the border – events that may well result in the Turkish operation restoring … Continue reading “Turkey’s Operation in Afrin Is Creating Something Unexpected: the Status Quo”

Turkey and Russia are Turning Syria into a Showcase for their Latest Weapons By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 13, 2018

In the early hours of October 7, 2015, over two dozen cruise missiles slammed into targets in Aleppo and Idlib. US forces in Syria were alarmed. Not by the targets the missiles were attacking, but by their origin. The 26 cruise missiles had come from a small Russian corvette in the Caspian Sea, demonstrating a … Continue reading “Turkey and Russia are Turning Syria into a Showcase for their Latest Weapons”