Dave's Middle East Blog

David Isaly
News and Updates regarding the Middle East, mainly the Levant and Iraq.
Created 02 Aug 2021
  • October 20, 2021 - Syria
    20 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    There were two big incidents today: Regime bombardment of Ariha, which lies in the Idlib pocket, led to the death of 10 civilians in a busy market, four of which were children. Militants managed to la...
  • When is it Acceptable to Deal with Tyrants?
    19 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    The debate regarding normalization with the Assad regime has heated up in recent weeks as Arab countries cautiously thaw tensions with an ostracized Syria. Such a policy of normalization is acceptable...
  • October 19, 2021 - Lebanon
    19 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Shia’a Islamist group Hezbollah, announced yesterday in an important speech that Hezbollah could call upon 100,000 fighters if there were to be a war with the Leban...
  • October 15, 2021 - Lebanon
    15 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Though I had, and still have, many questions about yesterday’s armed clashes in Beirut, I was satisfied with the post I made about them. Upon getting up this morning, I discovered what seemed to be a ...
  • October 15, 2021 - Syria
    15 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Turkey’s president, Recip Tayyib Erdogan declared that there will be an offensive into Northern Syria if “diplomacy fails.” This came alongside leaflet drops across Tel Rifa’at warning civilians of an...
  • October 14, 2021 - Lebanon
    14 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    An intense armed clash broke out in Beirut today between two Shia militias, Hezbollah and Amal, on one side and a Christian militia, the Lebanese Forces (LF), on the other. What seems to have happened...
  • Another Article Published at Realist
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Realist Review published another article of mine. This time talking about Northern Syria. Check it out here. I will hopefully have an article with Realist about Turkish-Kurdish conflict in Iraq out so...
  • October 11, 2021 - Lebanon
    11 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Lebanon has been hit by two catastrophes in recent days. Over the weekend, the country’s two largest power stations were closed due to fuel shortages, leading to a mass blackout. On top of that, there...
  • October 10, 2021 - Syria
    10 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Ahmad al-Oda, the ex-rebel commander of the Russian-backed 8th Brigade that is stationed in and around Bosra al-Sham, has allegedly fled to Jordan. I have not yet been able to verify this. Iranian-bac...
  • October 7, 2021 - Syria
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    The Russians struck Turkish-occupied Northern Syrian today with some airstrikes against the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) East of Tel Rifa’at. I had thought that they would not do this aga...
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