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Paul Iddon

Digital Journalist based in Kilkenny, Ireland, Ireland. Joined on Mar 12, 2012
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Op-Ed: Atrocities continue to plague both Iraq and Syria

Iraq, having faced sectarian strife and war for years now, and its neighbour Syria, facing as it is yet more bloodletting, both have seen very heinous atrocities visited upon their respective citizenry.

Op-Ed: The rudiments of a de-facto aerial umbrella over Syria's east

As the Syrian regime focuses its sights on opposition groups in the country's north, west and south Syria's east may eventually become the first "safe-zone" against the Assad regime.

Op-Ed: 'Those who confront death' go to confront ISIS in Syria's Kobani

A contingent of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga (which roughly translated to 'those who confront death') are en route to the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to fight the Islamic State (IS) group. Here's why it matters.

Op-Ed: On Egypt adding a buffer-zone to the bilateral embargo on Gaza

What Egypt's moves to establish a buffer zone on its Sinai frontier with the Gaza Strip tells us about the broad nature, and reasoning, behind the binational blockade of that Palestinian enclave.

Op-Ed: Cultural Cleansing: An imperfect name for a growing problem

The director of UNESCO has dubbed the intentional destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage "cultural cleansing." A bland and imperfect, but necessary and welcome, name for a very real and, sadly, recurring trend.

Why Israel is updating its Merkava tanks

While there has been some speculation that Israel and Hezbollah may engage in another war by 2016, the Israeli military is updating the Merkava tank for scenarios involving engaging against such forces.

Why Hezbollah may welcome an Israeli attack in the near future

There has been some speculation that Israel and Hezbollah may fight another war by 2016. Who would this benefit? And how?

Op-Ed: War of Words: Jihadi propaganda needs to be overcome, not stopped

The solution to the menace that is online jihadist propaganda is a bottom-up one, not a top-down one as is being currently advocated by those who ought to know better.

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.
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