Category Archives: Alastair Crooke

“Military experts believe Iranian-made drones set off from Yemen to strike Aramco” ra’i al yowm

I was provided this translation by Alastair Crooke's  "The Raw and the Cooked" on line magazine published from Crooke's location in Beirut.  This a very fine subscription service and I recommend it highly.  is their contact e-mail address.  pl  … Continue reading

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The Geo-Political Poker Game: Where’s the ‘Off-Ramp’? by Alastair Crooke

  At the beating heart of Trump’s Presidency lies the notion of the Art of the Deal.  It is said that Trump has few convictions, but his notion of how to negotiate – with a big stick, maximum leverage, and … Continue reading

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Syria Report – 17 March 2018

In the ongoing battles around Damascus it seems more and more clear to me that the Syrian Government is consolidating its position in its heartlands in anticipation of an armistice negotiated by the Russians, an armistice that may last for … Continue reading

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Will the War Clouds Pass Us By, Or Will the Storm Break? by Alastair Crooke

     The compulsive hatred of President Putin in élite western circles has surpassed anything witnessed during the Cold War.  Western states have been hyping political hostility in almost every sphere: In Syria, in Ukraine, across the Middle East, in … Continue reading

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” Trump’s Saudi Scheme Unravels” – Alastair Crooke

  "And, maybe MbS and Kushner thought Netanyahu spoke for Israel when he promised to be a partner in the front against Hezbollah and Iran? Was it the “grand plan” that was affirmed between Netanyahu and Trump on the day … Continue reading

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Phase Three of Operation Big Dawn – TTG

“BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has kicked off the third phase of Operation Big Dawn, tonight, a source told Al-Masdar News. According to the Syrian military, the army is going to push from the Hamimah … Continue reading

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A Syrian Cordon Sanitaire: Is Israel huffing & puffing, or is it serious ? Alastair Crooke

    Israel has backtracked on the Amman ‘ceasefire’ agreement negotiated by the US, Russia and Jordan. The latter established the outline for a de-escalation zone in south-west Syria. From the outset, this accord was all about Israel, and its … Continue reading

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