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My OpEd in #IndependentArabiya. US withdrawal decision from Syria will have a domino effect in the region.
US isolated in #Iraq, will leave
Rise of an Ikhwan emirate in N. Syria
Iran highway is back
independentarabia.com/node/64211/آراء/قرار-ترمب-بالانسحاب-والتداعيات-الاستراتيجية-الخطيرة
القوات التركية تحت أوامر الرئيس رجب طيب أردوغان يبدو كأنها تعمل بكل ما في وسعها لإقامة شريط حدودي يمتد من إنطاكية عبر عفرين إلى الحدود العراقية- السورية في الشمال الشرقي، وتستهدف هذه المنطقة إخراج قوات سوريا الديمقراطية والسيطرة على البلدات والمدن الكردية والعربية والمسيحية.
أبلغ أردوغان العالم بأنه ينوي الدفع بمليون لاجئ سوري موجودين داخل تركيا إلى هذه المنطقة لتوطينهم، وهذا يعني عملياً دفع مليون من القاطنين الأصليين في هذه المنطقة إلى خارجها نحو الجنوب وشرقاً إلى العراق،
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It's not even surprising that the @WashingtonPost provides space to terrorists any more.

Cemil Bayik, the #PKK leader, has an op-ed in today's paper calling for "peace" with #Turkey. It's a skilled piece of propaganda. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/… <thread below>
Bayik notes #PKK was "born in 1978 [and] launched a guerrilla war in 1984". In that gap, the PKK, which spent all its time in #Turkey fighting the Left and other Kurds, moved to Syria and Lebanon to be built into an army by the #Soviets, using #Asad and the #PLO as cut-outs.
#PKK leader Cemil Bayik in his WaPo op-ed skips over the return to violence by the #PKK in 2004 entirely, and then misrepresents how the second ceasefire broke down in 2015, blaming #Turkey. In fact, the PKK murdered several policemen, claiming it as "revenge" for an #IS attack.
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Excited to share my first piece in 18 months and in @ForeignPolicy, co-authored w/ Simon Miles, an assistant professor @DukeSanford, completing a book on US-Soviet relations during the early 1980s based on new Eastern bloc archival sources. 1/ foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/30/wha…
Context: @mike_giglio had an excellent piece last month on how the #Trump admin may be executing a strategy of "maximum pressure" against #Iran, partly inspired by the book "Victory" & its claim that Reagan used this strategy to defeat the Soviet Union. 2/ buzzfeednews.com/article/mikegi…
There's only one problem: "Victory" is not good history, to put it politely. The most basic critique is that the author didn't have access to US & Soviet archives when the book was published in 1994. You can find much harsher academic critiques online. 3/ amazon.com/dp/0871136333/…
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America's war in #Afghanistan began on July 3, 1979. Yes, six months before the #Soviets invaded and long before Operation Enduring Freedom. That's four decades of winning, losing and not giving a damn when the Taliban rolled in. counterpunch.org/1998/01/15/how…
the talibs or #Taliban owe their origins to Shah Waliullah Dehlawi, who translated the Koran into Persian and the Deobandi Dar al-Ulum in Deoband in the Uttar Pradesh province of India opendemocracy.net/sayed-hassan-a…
Frustrated at the number of checkpoints run by warlords and with much of Afghanistan and Kabul destroyed by militias, In September, 1994, Mullah Mohammad Omar left the Sang-i-Hisar Madrassa in Maiwand to form a militia to oust a local warlord in the border town of Spin Boldak.
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