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Paul Iddon

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


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.

Op-Ed: The Islamic State may inadvertently help unify Iraq

The devastating and destabilizing assault carried out against the Iraqi state may actually serve to make it more unified, resilient and stronger than before as the Kurds and the army prepare a counter-offensive together.

Op-Ed: U.S. airpower alone won't alleviate threat to Iraq

It will however help hamper Islamic State from advancing and consolidating gains in areas of Northern Iraq presently under its control and is therefore highly necessary.

A Stalingrad-esque showdown coming to Iraqi Kurdistan's capital?

After displacing tens-of-thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidis the Islamic State group appears poised to strike Iraqi Kurdistan's autonomous capital Erbil.

Op-Ed: Drawing a line in the dirt in Iraq

The horrendous assault on Iraq's civil society should not stand if the basic tenets of law and human rights are to stand.

Op-Ed: First they came for the Christians and Yazidi's

We should not only care about the plight of the Yazidi community in Northern Iraq, we should be doing our utmost to ensure it does not perish.

Op-Ed: The Kurds are on the front-line in the fight against Islamists

With the black flag of the Islamic State having just been flown over the town of Sinjar and the displacement of thousands more Iraqis in the north we're once again reminded of the threat posed by a strong invigorated ISIS.

Op-Ed: The Islamic States' Achilles heel

The recent ban by the United Nations on oil from areas the Islamic State control in Iraq and Syria is hopefully the first step towards setting back that groups gains.
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