Category Archives: Middle East

IMO Iran will wait for Biden

A journo friend called yesterday to ask my opinion about the course of near term events regarding Iran. The murder of a senior Iranian scientist at the weekend may have been done by Israel or the United States or both … Continue reading

Posted in Borg Wars, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Richard Sale | 34 Comments

“What Syria withdrawal? There was never a Syria withdrawal,” Jeffrey said.

" … even as he praises the president’s support of what he describes as a successful “realpolitik” approach to the region, he acknowledges that his team routinely misled senior leaders about troop levels in Syria.  “We were always playing shell games … Continue reading

Posted in Borg Wars, Middle East, Syria | 29 Comments

Gulfies on the Temple Mount? Haaretz

"When Israel and Bahrain announced the normalization of relations, their joint statement included the affirmation by Israel affirmed that "all Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al-Asqa Mosque."  The Old City of Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Middle East, Palestine | 1 Comment

“… the Israeli Victory Is Nearly Complete.” Amira Hass

"Twenty years later, the Israeli victory is nearly complete: The well-planned armed robbery of Palestinian land goes on daily unhindered. The model that Israel created in Gaza is being copied in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and translated into … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Middle East, Palestine | 23 Comments

Bibi admits that the UAE/Israel deal is based on a lie. AMN

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he has not agreed to remove the issue of the extension of Israeli sovereignty over lands in the West Bank and will not relinquish it. Netanyahu said during a speech on Thursday … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Middle East | 46 Comments

OPCW members denounce report on Syria. thegrayzone

"On April 8, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons released a report by its newly formed Investigation and Identification Team, a unit ostensibly established to identify alleged perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The IIT investigation examined three alleged … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East, Syria, weapons | 2 Comments

“Iran’s IRGC to receive new stealth drone with 2,000km range” AMN

"The drone is said to have a 7,600 meter flight ceiling, and the ability to be armed with precision-guided air-to-surface missiles or anti-tank missiles. The drone’s outward appearance seems to be in line with design concepts found in many Western … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Middle East, weapons | 13 Comments

A few thoughts – 24 April 2020

1.  IMO the US Navy will be doing a good thing if it persuades Trump to restore Captain Crozier to command of USS Theodore Roosevelt.  He did a very foolish thing by appealing to the whole wide world to support … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, As The Borg Turns, Borg Wars, Current Affairs, government, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Policy, Politics, Syria | 14 Comments

The Idlib cease-fire is already disintegrating.

"On March 15, the Russian Military Police and Turkish forces conducted first joint patrol in southern Idlib. According to agreements reached in Moscow, the patrol was set to be conducted along the part of the M4 highway, where a buffer … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East, Syria | 2 Comments

“we will be violent to the kuffar. Like in Syria.” Tayyip Erdogan

"Contemporary Turkish Calls for Jihad On October 25, 2019, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the Friday prayers at the Great Çamlıca Mosque in Istanbul. He was accompanied by Istanbul’s governor Ali Yerlikaya, mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, Istanbul’s chief of police … Continue reading

Posted in History, Middle East, Turkey | 23 Comments