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Michael Jansen
By Michael Jansen - Aug 14,2019
Donald Trump is neither an armchair warrior, nor a competent battlefield commander-in-chief. Trump dodged military service in the Vietnam war just as his grandfather Friedrich Trump did when he fled Bavaria's army for New York at the end of the 19th century.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 08,2019
Last weekend's death toll in the war of attrition in Syria's Idlib province was lower than the 31 fatalities in US mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 31,2019
Turkey and Lebanon have been deporting Syrian refugees to their home country despite pressure from mainly Western humanitarian agencies, which argue the situation in Syria remains unstable, putting returnees’ lives at risk.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 24,2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement that Britain must look after its own shipping in the Gulf is both outrageous and amazing.  His words are outrageous because the US put British shipping in the Gulf at risk by asking Britain to seize Grace 1, a super-tanker with a
By Michael Jansen - Jul 17,2019
The struggle for Syria is far from over.  Damascus has control of 65 per cent of the country's territory and intends to regain the rest.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 11,2019
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's decree ordering Shiite paramilitary factions belonging to the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) to renounce their political affiliations and integrate fully with the regular army is unlikely to be obeyed by the July 31 deadline.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 03,2019
US President Donald Trump's crossing of the demilitarised zone between South and North Korea on the weekend and his handshake with the latter's leader, Kim Jong-un, is not a template for calming tensions between the US and Iran.
By Michael Jansen - Jun 26,2019
Sunday's defeat of the candidate proposed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the election for mayor of Istanbul was a serious blow to the leader who has dominated Istanbul's political scene for a quarter of a century.
By Michael Jansen - Jun 19,2019
Britain is the only Western US ally that has swallowed the proclamation by President Donald Trump’s administration that Iran is responsible for six recent attacks on tankers in the Gulf. Disbelief has been expressed by a wide range of governments and pundits.
By Michael Jansen - Jun 13,2019
Raqqa is in ruins. Thousands of civilians are dead. Survivors are recovering their remains from under the rubble of homes, shops, public buildings, schools, hospitals and mosques. The US is the main culprit.



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