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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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Syria

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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

Khamenei’s Men in Palestine

The inception of the Iranian nuclear deal has given Tehran new life, and a fresh opportunity to branch out across the Middle East. Already running what remains of Souria al-Assad through Revolutionary Guard commanders and a patchwork of Iraqi and... Continue Reading →

No, Syria’s Rebels Do Not Sympathise With Da’esh

The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics recently published a report in which it claimed that 60% of anti-regime fighters in Syria sympathise with Da'esh. The report claimed that 15 militias (containing 65,000 fighters) would "fill the gap" if the Assad regime was... Continue Reading →

Abuses Against Refugees, Journalists in Hatay Increase Dramatically

Some names are hidden until further notice, to protect the identity of those involved. On October 28th 2015 I was arrested in Turkey's Hatay Province by the Jendarma. I was working there as the English language spokesman of the Salam (Peace)... Continue Reading →

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