Middle Orient

Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 18, 2024)

The southern arena: The IDF forces increased their hold on the Khan Yunis area while significantly damaging Hamas’ Khan Yunis Brigade. They focused on Nasser Hospital, where according to intelligence, there was Hamas military activity and Israeli hostages had been held. As far as was possible, the IDF activity allowed …

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Jihadi Trends: What Is On The Horizon In 2024?

Introduction The Hamas attack against Israel on October 7, 2023, has reinvigorated jihadi groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda, which are reprioritizing the cause of “Palestine” and the fight against the “Jews” and their “Crusader” allies as a key foundation of their messaging campaigns which aims at …

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Turkey is a sanctuary for terrorism financing

Since the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks against Israel, much of the international focus on Turkey has centered on its patronage of Hamas. Along with Qatar and Iran, Turkey provides the terrorist entity with safe harbor and material support. What is less widely acknowledged and reported is Ankara’s emerging support of …

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Hundreds of Terrorist Operatives Found at Gaza Hospital

Latest Developments Israeli soldiers detained hundreds of terror operatives, some dressed up as hospital staff, at the Nasser Hospital in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on February 18. Dozens of terrorists likewise surrendered to the IDF at the Amal hospital in Khan …

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SDF, Syrian regime recent clashes: Benefit for both parties without changes on the ground

The past few days have witnessed a military escalation between the Syrian regime forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which control areas of northeastern Syria. The clashes that took place in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor last week resulted in deaths and injuries. The clashes came with the …

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Iran Update, February 18, 2024

Reuters reported on February 18 that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander Esmail Ghaani directed Iranian-backed Iraqi groups to “pause” attacks on US forces during a January 29 meeting in Baghdad.[i] Ghaani met with the leaders of Iranian-backed Iraqi militia groups less than 48 hours after the …

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Bombing Muslims for Peace

Like many American boys of the baby-boomer generation, I played “war” with those old, olive-drab, plastic toy soldiers meant to evoke our great victory over the Nazis and “the Japs” during World War II. At age 10, I also kept a scrapbook of the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel …

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Israeli Settler Colonialism Is At An End

Professor Ilan Pappe spoke at IHRC’s annual Genocide Memorial Day in London, UK on 21st January 2024, on the need to understand that the genocide of Palestinians we are currently witnessing, as brutal as it is, is also the demise of the so-called Jewish state. We need to be ready …

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Houthi Rebels Claim Responsibility For Oil Tanker Attack

Yemen’s Iran-back Houthi rebels claimed responsibility Saturday for an attack Friday on an oil tanker in the Red Sea. In a statement Saturday, Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree said Yemeni naval forces fired missiles at what he called a British oil tanker, the Pollux, adding that the strikes were “accurate …

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Erdogan In Egypt: Strategic Implications For Turkey And Egypt – OpEd

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan touched down in Cairo on February 14 as part of a major state visit intended to address movement toward normalization of relations between Egypt and Turkey, as well as the expansion of bilateral relations on multiple fronts. Erdogan’s visit to Egypt is significant for several …

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