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After Liberation, Will Mosul Fall to Iran?

After Liberation, Will Mosul Fall to Iran? Categories: Iran, Iraq     Author: Michael J. Totten

For the first time ever, Shi'ite mosques operate inside the city. Shi'ite slogans appear on posters and are spray-painted on walls. You can now hear martial Shi'ite religious music on the streets. "We proudly entered Tikrit and Al Ojah and we will arrive in Fallujah soon," go some of the lyrics. Man

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After ISIS falls, who will benefit?

After ISIS falls, who will benefit? Categories: Iran, Iraq, Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

On the surface, the wars in Syria and Iraq are continuing at full intensity. The fight between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State in western Mosul is proving a slow, hard slog... But while the tactical contests are continuing, the general direction of events in both the war against Islamic S

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

As ISIS falters

As ISIS falters Categories: Iraq, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The Islamic State, whose main slogan in Arabic is Baqiya watatamadad (remaining and expanding), has in reality been contracting since the high point of its advance in the autumn of 2014. Its eventual demise, at least as a quasi-state entity, is assured. But Syria is host not only to the war against

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The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath Categories: Iraq     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Various sources report today that facing ISIS's 5,000-10,000 combatants in Mosul, about 65,000 Iraqi troops from different units have massed to dislodge ISIS. Some Arab sources place the total number of combatants of the anti-ISIS coalition at almost 140,000 fighters...

The Retreat of ISIS

The Retreat of ISIS Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Two years ago, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq's (ISIS) blitz assault across a swath of land as big as the United Kingdom led to the establishment of the self-proclaimed Caliphate and fragmented both Syria and Iraq. The recent defeats inflicted on Islamic radicals, however, have considerably shr

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya Categories: Iraq, Libya, Updates    

This Update deals with two major crisis areas in the Middle East, both with profound effects on the fight against ISIS. One is the major political crisis in Iraq, where the government of Prime Minister Abadi seems paralysed and under threat from radical Shi'ite groups opposed to his reforms designe

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In late February the US Embassy in Baghdad released a statement warning that the Mosul Dam is at a ‘a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning.' The Embassy confirmed that such an event would represent an unprecedented humanitarian and strategic crisis for Ira

Scribblings: Two Quotes

Scribblings: Two Quotes Categories: Iraq, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

What Netanyahu was actually saying - a two-state resolution is not possible "today" - is actually the view almost across the spectrum in Israel. Opposition leader Herzog - a smart and sincere man - thinks the same thing.

Making Sense of ISIS

Making Sense of ISIS Categories: Iran, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Shirin Lotfi

Interview: Michael Weiss - co-author with Hassan Hassan of the New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror; Senior Editor at The Daily Beast and Editor of The Interpreter Shirin Lotfi: How did you come to write this book? Michael Weiss: I've been covering the Syria conflict since its

How to Destroy ISIS: Five Rules of Battle

How to Destroy ISIS: Five Rules of Battle Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Syria     Author: Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, Eric Brown & Peter Rough

On June 10, 2014, a little over a year ago, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) shocked the world by seizing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The government in Baghdad watched helplessly as its security forces crumbled and tens of thousands of residents fled their homes. Le

What ISIS might do next

What ISIS might do next Categories: Egypt, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Syria     Author: Yaakov Amidror

Over the past several months, ISIS, the militant jihadist Islamic State, has made significant gains. It controls a huge expanse stretching in Iraq from Ramadi west of Baghdad across the Syrian border to the archeologically rich Tadmur (Palmyra). And, at the same time, it has been consolidating its h

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Shatter Zones

Shatter Zones Categories: Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen     Author: Michael J. Totten

The chattering class has spent months bickering about whether or not the United States should sign on to a nuclear deal with Iran. Hardly anyone aside from the Saudis, however, seems to recognise that the Iranian government's ultimate goal is regional hegemony and that its nuclear weapons program is

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