Columnist @TheCradleMedia; West Asian geopolitics; Frmr Senior Associate, St Antony's College, Oxford Univ. @ColumbiaJourn
Jun 7, 2018 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
Just finished a whirlwind trip to all of #Syria’s southern provinces whose fates depend on the battles/negotiations in the days and weeks ahead. Here’s a view of Israeli-occupied Majd al Shams on the Syrian Golan.
Abu Abdo, the father of Druze martyr Abdo Tawil, stands in front of a “martyr tree” in Hadar, Quneitra. To a man, the Druze of Hadar tell me that Israeli firepower provides cover for the Islamist militants every time they try to storm this defiant town. #Syria
Mar 13, 2018 • 9 tweets • 7 min read
Was in #EastGhouta today, 25 meters from a battlefront btwn Shifouniyeh & Misraba, areas recently liberated from militants. Western journalists flock to humanitarian corridor in north, but not a single one visited this makeshift chemical lab discovered by the SAA yesterday.
With the US threatening direct attacks on #Syria because of alleged chemical weapons use, and the Russians & Syrians claiming militants are using CWs to provoke a US attack...you would think western journalists would be all over this terrorist-run lab - even if to debunk it.
Jan 14, 2018 • 9 tweets • 5 min read
A detailed reminder that the US-armed "Free Syrian Army" was mainly a PR front for Al Qaeda, ISIS and other jihadist terrorism in #Syria. A must-read: libertarianinstitute.org/foreign-policy…2) Inside #Syria, since the beginning, it was always understood that there was essentially no difference between US-armed FSA "rebels" and Nusra/terrorists. The FSA said it themselves: