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TREASON PRECEDES THE FALL OF THE ISIS

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When the leaders of an armed or revolutionary group are systematically killed it is generally due to the presence of spies within that group that relay information to its enemies. When this happens, it is usually due to the fact that the military fortunes of the group in question are turning for the worse...

MIDDLE EAST: FRIENDS AND FOES

In the Middle East’s quagmire it is hard to distinguish friends from foes. With ever evolving crisis, there are several contrasting interests at stake. As priorities change, so do the roles in a tragedy that has once common denominator: a civilian population who often can’t even tell who is to blame for its suffering. Politics based on traditional alliances are gone. The volatility of the situations asks for contingent choices...

 

THE ROLE OF THE TRIBES IN THE IRAQI WAR

In the Middle East, as in Africa, ethnic or tribal factors play a key role in politics and society. Middle-eastern countries, as opposed to African ones, also have to deal with religious differences. All of the above have to be taken into account when evaluating the scenarios unfolding in a specific country. Iraq is no different. More so when dealing with areas or cities that have been retaken from ISIS. The issue is: Which troops can I deploy in order not to frighten or hurt the susceptibilities of the locals? And this has nothing to do with the religious infighting between sunnis or shia, nor the ethnic-cultural divide between Arabs and Kurds. More often than not tribes represent the expression of social consensus...







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