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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.

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”

It Will Take More Than One Speech by Tillerson to Reverse the US’s Policy on Syria By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 6, 2018

Finally, after months of waiting, but without too much fanfare, America’s defense secretary put flesh on the bones of Donald Trump’s new Syria strategy. Speaking at Stanford University last month, Rex Tillerson outlined what the United States hopes to accomplish in Syria. What he didn’t explain was the how. Perhaps the reason for this reticence … Continue reading “It Will Take More Than One Speech by Tillerson to Reverse the US’s Policy on Syria”