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Ben Davies

Analyst & writer, formerly filming in Syria in 2013. My primary focus is on the Middle East, with an emphasis on Syria, Iraq and Iran. I also conduct research into war criminals fleeing the conflict into Europe.

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Turkish news and commentary site Haksöz Haber has translated "The Chameleons of Rojava" for a Turkish audience. The article deals with the ever-shifting loyalties and positions of the PYD during the Syrian civil war. See the translation here. For the... Continue Reading →

From Mosul to Aleppo

The battle for Mosul is in full swing. The Iraqi Golden Division, Kurdish Peshmerga and other forces are engaging with Da'esh across the outskirts of the city. Mosul is a tough nut to crack. Da'esh has been preparing for some... Continue Reading →

Humiliation in Kunduz

The second battle of Kunduz commenced on October 3. The Taliban briefly captured the city (Afghanistan's 5th largest) in September 2015, before voluntarily withdrawing. It was an embarrassing defeat for the ISAF & allies. Afghan soldiers and police dropped their... Continue Reading →

Syria’s Enemies Are No Longer Hidden, Internal Or External

  It's safe to say that Syria's revolution has seen setbacks on the battlefield of late. A promising opposition offensive into Aleppo in August ended with the regime's siege of the city of several hundred thousand being broken by opposition... Continue Reading →

Bombs Are “Civilised”, But Knives Are Barbaric?

At least 212 Syrian civilians were killed in bombings by the US coalition in the Tokhar area of Manbij on Tuesday. Manbij is the scene of fierce fighting between Da'esh and the PKK's YPG offshoot and allies in the SDF ("Syria... Continue Reading →

The Obama Administration Prepares To Strike The Syrian Opposition?

Secretary Kerry shared several of his thoughts on his administration's (ostensible) plans for peace in Syria late last month. Speaking in Aspen, Kerry claimed it was crucial to "reach an understanding" with the Russian government. This "understanding" would include the... Continue Reading →

Obama’s Scramble To Rehabilitate Tyrants

President Obama recently completed an unprecedented trip to Cuba from 21 to 22 March, meeting Cuban leader Raúl Castro (brother of the ailing Fidel) and working to establish a new relationship with the communist state. It was the first visit of a... Continue Reading →

How Credible Is The Russian “Withdrawal” From Syria?

Vladimir Putin has raised quite a stir in media and diplomatic circles by suddenly announcing that Russian forces will begin a withdrawal from Syria as of March 15th. Putin claims the objectives of the Russian forces have been "generally accomplished" and... Continue Reading →

The Chameleons of Rojava

The recent exploitation of the collapse of the rebel front line in Aleppo by the PYD's armed wing (YPG) and its allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces took some observers by surprise. Having been praised by many (including Syrian revolution supporters) for... Continue Reading →

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