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Greater Middle East columnist of The Wall Street Journal. Author of Siege of Mecca. Endorsing nothing. Email me yarotrof at gmail. Instagram @yarotrof

Taliban Advances But Scores No Strategic Wins After U.S. Pullout From Afghanistan

wsj.com — KABUL-This year's fighting season is the first where Afghan security forces have had to battle the Taliban pretty much on their own. So far, they are standing their ground where it matters. How long the Kabul government can keep up this resistance, especially if President Barack Obama goes ahead with his plan to withdraw almost all the remaining...
Aug 27, 2015

RT @yarotrof: With most US troops gone, Afghan forces manage to hold the ground against Taliban where it matters. But for how long? wsj.com/articles/talib…

Aug 27, 2015

With most US troops gone, Afghan forces manage to hold the ground against Taliban where it matters. But for how long? wsj.com/articles/talib…

Aug 27, 2015

RT @yarotrof: With most US troops gone, Afghan forces manage to hold the ground against Taliban where it matters. But for how long? wsj.com/articles/talib…

Aug 27, 2015

Taliban advances but scores no strategic wins after U.S. pullout from Afghanistan on.wsj.com/1PVOrm0 via @yarotrof

Aug 28, 2015

RT @WSJ: Taliban advances but scores no strategic wins after U.S. pullout from Afghanistan on.wsj.com/1UgwbV3 pic.twitter.com/7zfjeBjV57

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Israel Misses Gas-Wealth Opportunities

wsj.com — Political feuding, bureaucracy delay development of biggest gas field TEL AVIV-Israel couldn't believe its luck when huge natural-gas deposits were found in its waters five years ago. There was hopeful talk of cementing regional peace with pipelines to energy-hungry neighbors, and of plentiful gas fueling a new economic boom.
Aug 20, 2015

Gas wealth was meant to transform Israel and the region. Instead, the biggest field remains undeveloped. My column wsj.com/articles/israe…

Aug 21, 2015

By mishandling its newfound natural-gas wealth, Israel lost $26.5 billion and rising. My column in today's WSJ. wsj.com/article_email/…

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Sudan’s Split With Iran Boosts Saudi Camp

wsj.com — KHARTOUM, Sudan-The whitewashed compound that once housed Iran's cultural center here has overgrown with weeds. On the street outside, Sudanese motorists have learned to ignore the fading signs that prohibit parking to anyone but the now-departed Iranian diplomats.
Aug 14, 2015

RT @yarotrof: My column in today's WSJ: Sudan's split away from Iran is the biggest regional victory for the Saudi-led Sunni camp wsj.com/articles/sudan…

Aug 14, 2015

RT @yarotrof: My column in today's WSJ: Sudan's split away from Iran is the biggest regional victory for the Saudi-led Sunni camp wsj.com/articles/sudan…

Aug 13, 2015

RT @WSJeurope: Sudan’s split with Iran is a boost for the Saudi camp, writes @yarotrof on.wsj.com/1TuuRTG

Aug 13, 2015

Sudan used to be Iran's BFF in the region. Now, it switched sides to embrace the Saudis. My column from Khartoum wsj.com/articles/sudan…

Aug 13, 2015

RT @yarotrof: Sudan used to be Iran's BFF in the region. Now, it switched sides to embrace the Saudis. My column from Khartoum wsj.com/articles/sudan…

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Can Iraq’s Baathists Become Allies Against Islamic State?

wsj.com — Sunni leaders and some Western diplomats say they can be enlisted BAGHDAD-Islamic State started up as part of Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgency against Shiite majority rule. At first, that was an insurgency launched by loyalist officers of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, suddenly made jobless after the U.S.
Aug 06, 2015

Who's the Trojan horse? Baathists tried to use ISIS to regain power. Instead, ISIS "dumped their bodies in Euphrates" wsj.com/articles/can-i…

Aug 06, 2015

“Baathists have an ambition 2 return, 2 win, and 2 lead the country again."Can they become allies vs #ISIS? on.wsj.com/1M6ZhWf @yarotrof

Aug 07, 2015

My column in today's WSJ: Can Iraq's Baathists, former allies of ISIS, be enlisted against it? wsj.com/articles/can-i…

Aug 07, 2015

RT @yarotrof: My column in today's WSJ: Can Iraq's Baathists, former allies of ISIS, be enlisted against it? wsj.com/articles/can-i…

Aug 07, 2015

Can Iraq’s Baathists become allies against Islamic State? on.wsj.com/1M6ZhWf via @Yarotrof

In Turkey’s New Conflict, Erdogan’s Powers at Stake

wsj.com — Turkey's government-which lost its parliamentary majority last month- bills its new two-front war against Kurdish militants and Islamic State as a much-overdue reaction to terrorism. But, on the third front of domestic politics, this violence could also help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party regain control.
Jul 30, 2015

RT @yarotrof: My column in today's WSJ: Erdogan's war on the Kurdish militants is also a war to regain his political power wsj.com/article_email/…

Jul 29, 2015

In Turkey's new war on PKK, Erdogan's political power is at stake. My column on.wsj.com/1SMX8Px

Jul 29, 2015

"A temporary government with its temporary prime minister is dragging Turkey step by step into a civil war" wsj.com/article_email/…

Jul 29, 2015

In Turkey’s New Conflict, Erdogan’s Powers at Stake fb.me/wgy58JUp

Jul 29, 2015

Erdogan's three-front war: against ISIS, against PKK and, crucially, to maintain political power. My column wsj.com/article_email/…

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Fears and Hopes of a Hamid Karzai Comeback in Kabul

wsj.com — KABUL-Kabul's political elite was abuzz with peace talks last week-not the ones between the beleaguered government and Taliban insurgents, but between President Ashraf Ghani and his increasingly assertive predecessor, Hamid Karzai. Mr. Karzai's 13-year rule, marred by open hostility with the U.S. in its final months, ended with Mr. Ghani's inauguration last September.
Jul 23, 2015

RT @yarotrof: Fears -- and hopes -- of a Karzai comeback in Kabul. My column on intrigues to unseat the Ghani-Abdullah government. wsj.com/articles/fears…

Jul 23, 2015

Fears -- and hopes -- of a Karzai comeback in Kabul. My column on intrigues to unseat the Ghani-Abdullah government. wsj.com/articles/fears…

Jul 23, 2015

Back to the future in Kabul? Fears and hopes of a Karzai return to power. My column. on.wsj.com/1CRPoKu

Jul 23, 2015

RT @yarotrof: Back to the future in Kabul? Fears and hopes of a Karzai return to power. My column. on.wsj.com/1CRPoKu

Jul 23, 2015

RT @yarotrof: Back to the future in Kabul? Fears and hopes of a Karzai return to power. My column. on.wsj.com/1CRPoKu

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Iran’s Sway Undermined by Sunni-Shiite Split

wsj.com — DUBAI-Ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran tried to cast itself as the leader of the entire Muslim world, and not just of its own minority Shiite sect. Fanning hostility to the American "Great Satan" and to the "Little Satan" of Israel has been a core part of that strategy-which, for a while, did win Iran and its Shiite proxies the admiration of millions of Sunnis.
Jul 15, 2015

Tehran signed nuke deal w the Great Satan just as Iran itself became the greatest of satans to many Sunnis. My column wsj.com/articles/irans…

Jul 15, 2015

Iran struck the nuke deal just as it became increasingly isolated in the region amid a Sunni-Shiite rift. My column. wsj.com/articles/irans…

Jul 16, 2015

Good read for those worried about Iran taking over Arab world: Iran’s sway undermined by Sunni-Shiite split on.wsj.com/1V3SctB @yarotrof

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After Backing Regime, Syrian Minorities Face Peril

wsj.com — ISTANBUL-Ever since the Syrian revolution began in 2011, President Bashar al-Assad tried to cast it as a religious conflict with radical Sunni Islam in which he would wear the mantle of protector of the country's numerous minorities.
Jul 09, 2015

"As bad as things have been in Syria, they could get a whole lot worse" My column on how minorities fear for survival wsj.com/article_email/…

Jul 09, 2015

RT @yarotrof: "As bad as things have been in Syria, they could get a whole lot worse" My column on how minorities fear for survival wsj.com/article_email/…

Jul 09, 2015

"The majority of minorities either supported Assad or opposed the revolution." My column on how Syria can get worse. wsj.com/article_email/…

Jul 09, 2015

RT @yarotrof: "The majority of minorities either supported Assad or opposed the revolution." My column on how Syria can get worse. wsj.com/article_email/…

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Arabs Fleeing Islamic State Upset Kurdistan’s Ethnic Balance

wsj.com — SHAQLAWA, Iraq-Nestled amid pine-covered hills, this Kurdish resort town has long welcomed visitors seeking relief from the sweltering heat of the Iraqi plains below. But now Shaqlawa isn't so Kurdish anymore, and the welcome has begun to wear out. Ever since Islamic State surged through Iraq's Sunni belt last summer, some 30,000 Arab...
Jul 02, 2015

How Shaqlawa turned Shaqluja: Arab exodus from ISIS changes Kurdistan demographics. My column. wsj.com/article_email/… pic.twitter.com/NU0xvGDJWV

Jul 02, 2015

RT @WSJ: Exodus of Sunni Arabs to Iraqi Kurdistan overwhelms the region and sparks a backlash, @yarotrof writes. on.wsj.com/1Nz158Y

Jul 02, 2015

“If the Kurdistan government lets us, we'll stay here for the rest of our lives.” My column on influx of Arab Iraqis wsj.com/articles/arabs…

Jul 03, 2015

1.5 million displaced in #Iraq|i Kurdistan challenges demographics, resources, autonomy ambitions: on.wsj.com/1CcLwDx, by @yarotrof

Jul 03, 2015

Arabs fleeing Islamic State upset Kurdistan’s ethnic balance in #Iraq on.wsj.com/1CcLwDx

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To Many Iraqis, U.S. Isn’t Really Seeking to Defeat Islamic State

wsj.com — American military response is criticized as too weak BAGHDAD-In a tent city under a highway overpass in Baghdad, refugees from Iraq's Sunni province of Anbar were unanimous about whom to the blame for their misery.
Jun 25, 2015

America's perception problem in Iraq: belief that US isn't serious about defeating ISIS -- and may even be helping it on.wsj.com/1LqBwbA

Jun 25, 2015

RT @yarotrof: America's perception problem in Iraq: belief that US isn't serious about defeating ISIS -- and may even be helping it on.wsj.com/1LqBwbA

Jun 25, 2015

A rare thing uniting many Sunni and Shiite Iraqis: a belief that the US is trying to help, not defeat, Islamic State wsj.com/article_email/…

Jun 25, 2015

RT @yarotrof: A rare thing uniting many Sunni and Shiite Iraqis: a belief that the US is trying to help, not defeat, Islamic State wsj.com/article_email/…

Jun 25, 2015

RT @Levitt_Matt: To Many Iraqis, U.S. Isn’t Really Seeking to Defeat Islamic State (to many Americans, Iraqis aren't either) wsj.com/articles/to-ma…

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Aug 29, 2015

RT @CNBC: 11 years ago, someone named Mark Zuckerberg appeared on CNBC to discuss a social network that had 100K users. amp.twimg.com/v/3e92687d-e3e…

Aug 28, 2015

RT @ghoshworld: Doctors Without Borders says a Bollywood film may be putting thousands of its workers at risk qz.com/490312 via @qzindia

Aug 28, 2015

RT @Abihabib: As war closes in, Syria’s Assad puts emphasis on living life as usual on.wsj.com/1IgpjAc via @WSJ

Aug 28, 2015

With most US forces gone, Afghanistan has managed to hold ground against the Taliban so far. My column in today's WSJ wsj.com/articles/talib…

Aug 27, 2015

With most US troops gone, Afghan forces manage to hold the ground against Taliban where it matters. But for how long? wsj.com/articles/talib…

Aug 27, 2015

RT @RoryWSJ: Fantastic piece of digital journalism led by @LeighWSJ and @JoeWSJ. The paths Jihadis have taken to Syria graphics.wsj.com/jihadi-trails/

Aug 27, 2015

RT @_Mans00r: Breaking: Court issues orders to arrest Former PM Yousaf Raza Gillani and Former Minister Amin Faheem and present them on 10th Sept #PPP

Aug 27, 2015

RT @anneapplebaum: Russia inadvertently posts numbers of casualties in Ukraine : 2000 dead, 3200 disabled forbes.com/sites/paulrode…

Aug 26, 2015

U.S. spies say they were pressured by administration officials not to report bad news about ISIS strength and growth thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @DailySabah: 2000-year-old Istanbul castle falls victim to botched restoration job, evokes 'SpongeBob' sabahdai.ly/AZ3nB8 pic.twitter.com/25jz5ElrHV


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