Author Archives: David Habakkuk

SHORT AND SHARP: East Aleppo Rebel Stronghold Stormed by SAA and Allies

By Patrick BAHZAD    As readers will probably be aware by now, huge developments have taken place in rebel held Eastern Aleppo over the weekend. In a matter of 48 hours, the rebels have lost some 40 % of the … Continue reading

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The Battle for Mosul: IS’ swansong or yet another shapeshifting ? (part 1)

By Patrick BAHZAD   This is it then. The battle for Mosul, which had first been announced (a bit hastily) by Iraqi government officials in mid-2015, has finally begun. An improbable alliance of Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni … Continue reading

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October 23rd 1983, Beirut Bombings

    On this very day 33 years ago (it was a Sunday as well), 241 US Marines and sailors, as well as 58 French paratroopers lost their lives in two almost simultaneous attacks against the Marines' barracks and the French "Drakkar" … Continue reading

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Showdown in Aleppo

By Patrick BAHZAD It has been several days since the start of the joint Syrian-Russian offensive on Aleppo and here we are again, contemplating an already familiar level of urban devastation and human suffering, wondering which turn events are now … Continue reading

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SHORT AND SHARP: Orlando between disbelief, disconnect and déjà vu …

By Patrick Bahzad Who would have thought? Who could have imagined something of this magnitude happening in the US, six months only after the terrible Paris attacks? Back then, in November 2015, events in the French capital looked like the … Continue reading

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