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بنجامين داوود

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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Stop Asking Why Americans Support Trump

I'm amazed that I *still* hear people saying "I can't believe Trump won!" or "How did he get all this support?!" etc. Please. Trump's supporters didn't just appear out of nowhere. This level of support for a candidate who is... 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 →

The Coming Collapse of the Afghan “Government”

The Afghan forces have been taking a heavy beating over the last few years. In September of 2015 they briefly lost Kunduz, the 5th largest city in Afghanistan, before regaining control with US support. They then managed to lose another 5% of the... 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 →

The Crocodile Tears of the Republican “Moderates”

There is an increasing phenomenon in America; "moderate" Republicans coming out and claiming that Trump's statements and actions go against the spirit of the party and what it stands for. From Mitt Romney criticising his "demagoguery and populism" to other... Continue Reading →

Bernie Sanders and Red-Brownism

During the Democratic presidential debate on April 14, the issue of Iraq rose to the fore, as it always does. When asked if Clinton had what it takes in terms of intelligence to be president, Sanders responded in the affirmative... Continue Reading →

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