Turkey incursion upends Syrian battlefield

The objective is to prevent the seizure of the portion of Aleppo province by U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces

Turkey incursion upends Syrian battlefieldPORTLAND, Ore. Aug. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Turkish military forces have crossed into Syria to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from the border area. The first objective was Jarabulus, an IS stronghold along the Turkish-Syrian border. It has been used to bring jihadists into Syria and smuggle out antiquities and oil. The Turkish intervention, dubbed Operation Euphrates…

Turkey and Egypt: a tale of two coups

The coups may have ended differently, but both are consequential for Middle East stability

Turkey and Egypt: a tale of two coupsPORTLAND, Ore. Aug. 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The eastern Mediterranean has witnessed two coups in the last three years: Egypt’s on July 3, 2013, and Turkey’s on July 16, 2016. In both, the military opposed a president committed to the steady centralization and Islamization of the country’s government. Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)…

Reining in Iran: Middle East politics at a crossroads

If the arc of Iran's influence grows, on the strength of new nuclear capacity, the whole dynamic in the region will change

Reining in Iran: Middle East politics at a crossroadsPORTLAND, Ore. July 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, and the steady expansion of Tehran’s influence, increasingly prompts the reorientation of Middle East politics along a Sunni-Shia axis. A recent report claimed a secret agreement allows Iran to restore “its full uranium enrichment capacity,” on the 10th anniversary of signing the nuclear agreement. The…

Islamic State is a big business machine

Despite vast revenue sources – from taxes to extortion to the sale of antiquities to ramsom – the terrorist group faces a cash crunch

Islamic State is a big business machineThe Islamic State (IS) has been described as either one of the world’s richest terrorist organizations or one of its poorest countries. Neither is quite true. It is a hybrid – half destitute quasi-nation state and half wealthy jihadist organization. What it does have, however, are considerable financial assets. The assets are a combination of…

Divvying up the Middle East after First World War

Beating-up on Britain’s Sir Mark Sykes and France’s Francois Georges-Picot for today's mess in the Middle East is just plain silly

Divvying up the Middle East after First World WarTORONTO, Ont. May 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It was 100 years ago this May that two diplomats – Britain’s Sir Mark Sykes and France’s Francois Georges-Picot – concluded a secret agreement dividing the (prospective) post-war Middle East into British and French spheres of influence. And by virtue of ignoring local demographic realities, their agreement…

Operation Desert Storm 25 years later

Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and the American response dramatically impacted the politics of the Middle East

Operation Desert Storm 25 years later//  desert storm  desert storm [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/01/operation-desert-storm-25-years-later/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on Operation Desert Storm  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. Jan 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ - I don’t know about you, but Operation Desert Storm – the name the Americans gave to the campaign that evicted Saddam Hussein’s…

Trudeau should push for a Kurdish state

A unified Kurdish state western interests because it would create a moderate majority-Muslim state that is largely pro-western

Trudeau should push for a Kurdish stateDownload this column on a Kurdish state for your publication or website. FREE to subscribers. Subscriptions are FREE Terms and Conditions of use TRACADIE, NS Oct. 25, 2015 /Troy Media/ – Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau could establish a legacy for himself by helping solve the problem of the world’s largest stateless nation. Trudeau should expend…