Middle East

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All Eyes on Al-Bab

22 December 2016 – Vancouver, CA by Stewart Webb As the fighting in Aleppo dwindled down, the next chapter of the Syrian conflict focused on the small city of al-Bab – population approximately 63,000. Last week, some speculated that five armies would converge on al-Bab. Yesterday, we saw fierce clashes between the Turkish-backed Syrian rebels…

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Book Watch: Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins

Review by Chris Murray 26 July 2016, Kingston, CA Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins By Paul Rogers; I.B.Tauris, 2016. USD 29.95 ISBN-10: 1784534889 ISBN-13: 978-1784534882 The early 20th century witnessed an imperial war that consumed Europe and tore apart the world’s great powers. In the great halls, headquarters and staff colleges of Europe a fierce debate…

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What Happened in Turkey

25 July 2016, Kingston, CA by Chris Murray The world was caught surprised by the attempted coup in Turkey. While Turkey has had relatively frequent interaction with coups since the 1960’s the events of this past weekend were surprising for a number of reasons. Although probably found elsewhere a brief bit of history concerning the relationship between…

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Book Watch: From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy

Review by Stewart Webb 19 December 2015 – Vancouver, CA From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy by Jean-Pierre Filiu – Oxford University Press, 2015. USD 24.95 ISBN-10: 1849045461 ISBN-13: 978-1849045469 2015 has been quite the year for North Africa and the Middle East. The civil wars in Libya…

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Book Watch: Inferno in Chechnya: The Russian-Chechen Wars, the Al Qaeda Myth, and the Boston Marathon Bombings

Review by Chris Murray 2 December 2015, Kingston, CA Inferno in Chechnya: The Russian-Chechen Wars, the Al Qaeda Myth, and the Boston Marathon Bombings By Brian Glyn Williams; ForeEdge – University Press of New England, 2015. USD 29.95 ISBN-10: 1611687373 ISBN-13: 978 1 61168 737 8 There was a time where the name of the remote…

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