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Paul Iddon

Digital Journalist based in Kilkenny, Ireland, Ireland. Joined on Mar 12, 2012
Expertise in Politics


Fire from Syrian skies

What the stepped-up air strikes by the Syrian Air Force in one recent 36-hour period tells us about the complicated situation on the ground in, and in the skies over, Syria.

Resolving to make Kobani Islamic State's Stalingrad

The Stalingrad analogy is a suitable one for the present situation in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. One hopes that Kobani prove to be the Stalingrad of Islamic State.

Op-Ed: Realpolitik continues to permeate Washington's Syria policy

One of the primary reasons that the U.S. administration is prioritizing Iraq in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) is because a form of realpolitik still largely dominates its policy towards the Syria situation.

Op-Ed: U.S. coalition risks being unwitting accomplice in Syrian carnage

In Syria lack of a long-term strategy will eventually make the United States and its coalition allies unwitting accomplices in that country's destruction.

Op-Ed: Mosul Dam operation could be a precedent for Kobani

Air power alone obviously will not defeat Islamic State (IS) in Syria, but when coordinated with local ground forces it can surely set back that group's gains.

Assessing Turkey's potential role in Syria

As Turkey is contemplating intervening militarily in Syria it is important to determine what kind of actions it will take and what will be the likely consequences of those actions.

Syrian regime approves of anti-ISIS US-led air campaign

Syria's Foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, said the Syrian authorities of whom he is an accredited representative aren't displeased with U.S. air strikes against IS forces in his country. He even went as far as to say they were "satisfied" with it.

Op-Ed: U.S. continues to mull over what to do in Syria

Regarding an operation against Islamic State (IS) in Syria the United States still has to decide if it will also target the Syrian regime in the process.

Taking the long-view on the ISIS threat in Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama has quite rightfully insisted that the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) will indeed take time. However his administration has yet to devise a clear strategy.

Op-Ed: What's very telling about Syria's arrest of pro-regime activists

The Syrian regime recently arrested pro-Assad activists who had criticized the military for its recent losses against Islamic State (IS) forces who have taken over large swaths of the country's east.

Op-Ed: Kerry's proposed solution to Islamic State is very vague

Kerry, and indeed the wider Obama administration, has been very vague about just how the United States will go about confronting the threat posed by Islamic State.

Op-Ed: Before striking IS in Syria U.S. should give Assad an ultimatum

The United States is right not to cooperate with President Assad when it comes to combating Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria.

Op-Ed: Assessing upcoming US action against IS in Syria

Given the Washington administrations reluctance to deploy "boots on the ground" in the fight against Islamic State, one wonders what kind of a campaign we may see against Islamic State in Syria.

Will the US have an alliance of necessity with Syria's Assad?

Recent comments made by Syria's Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem, suggest that Syria would cooperate with the U.S when it comes to fighting Islamic State forces in that country.

Op-Ed: Assad remains part of the problem, not a solution

In Syria the so-called realists continue to make a point of missing the point. Assad isn't a solution to the Islamic State threat. He is in fact part of the reason it gained so much ground in the region.

Op-Ed: Why helping Iraq is the right thing to do

Iraq has been facing dire threats to its security and territorial integrity. Given the situation it's important to evaluate why Iraq is fundamentally worth helping.

Op-Ed: Summing up the nature of the new Anglo-American missions in Iraq

Britain's Defense Minister, Michael Fallon, recently announced that Britain will be involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq that may last a few months. What kind of operational role will it, along with the U.S., likely be undertaking?

Op-Ed: Assad picks an apt moment to place IS in his crosshairs

Now that the international community is taking action to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State threat to its existence the Syrian regime is simultaneously delegating more of its stretched resources to fighting Islamic State forces in Syria.

Op-Ed: Moment of truth on Mount Sinjar

The humanitarian and military intervention in Northern Iraq to save the Yazidi community is still underway. Its success should be of paramount concern and importance.

Op-Ed: The prospect of a U.N mandate on Palestine

A recently disclosed Israeli foreign ministry document presents us with an appropriate time to ponder the feasibility, not to mention the possibility, of a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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