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

Will Russian Victories in Syria Spark a Regional War?

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Turkey, Saudi Arabia have few military options, but can't afford to abandon the rebels Defying U.S. predictions of a quagmire in Syria, Russia is achieving strategic victories there with this month's Aleppo offensive.
Feb 11, 2016

Will Russian victories in Syria spark a regional war? on.wsj.com/1SiI40H via @WSJ

Feb 11, 2016

Defying US predictions of a quagmire, Russia is winning in Syria. Will this spark a regional escalation? My column. wsj.com/article_email/…

Feb 11, 2016

RT @yarotrof: Defying US predictions of a quagmire, Russia is winning in Syria. Will this spark a regional escalation? My column. wsj.com/article_email/…

Feb 11, 2016

Will Russian victories in Syria spark a regional war? on.wsj.com/1SiI40H via @WSJ

Feb 11, 2016

Are Russia's victories in Syria a step toward ending the war or escalating it? Great column by @yarotrof on.wsj.com/1SiI40H via @WSJ

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Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa

bdlive.co.za — AFRICA's Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram - the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world's deadliest terrorist groups - has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others in the Cameroonian village of Bodo.

Jihad Comes to Africa

Feb 06, 2016

RT @IP_Singh2611: How Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, al Qaeda and other ruthless groups brought jihadism to Africa ln.is/www.wsj.com/ar… via @WSJ

Jihad Comes to Africa

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and other ruthless groups threaten to turn the continent into global jihad's deadliest front Africa's Muslim belt is getting bloodier.
Feb 05, 2016

Jihad comes to Africa: my WSJ cover essay on the dramatic transformation of African Islam. wsj.com/article_email/… pic.twitter.com/qNvoLDD11A

Feb 05, 2016

RT @yarotrof: Jihad comes to Africa: my WSJ cover essay on the dramatic transformation of African Islam. wsj.com/article_email/… pic.twitter.com/qNvoLDD11A

Feb 05, 2016

Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and al-Qaeda have cut a horrifying swathe across sub-Saharan Africa. wsj.com/articles/jihad… pic.twitter.com/Tplee0de4Z

Feb 05, 2016

Islam in Africa used to be inclusive, syncretic, Sufi. Now it's jihadist and deadly, thanks to Saudi influence. on.wsj.com/1QimhjC @WSJ

Feb 05, 2016

RT @guynextdoorRVA: #WSJ Jihad Comes to Africa: Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and other ruthless groups threaten to turn the continent in... on.wsj.com/1SQe8re

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Jihadism Comes to Africa

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and other ruthless groups threaten to turn the continent into global jihad's deadliest front Africa's Muslim belt is getting bloodier.
Feb 05, 2016

When radical Islam came to Africa: @yarotrof on how the Saudis created today's jihadist monster, displacing Sufis. on.wsj.com/1nS6Bx6

Feb 05, 2016

Africa is quickly becoming the deadliest front of global jihad. My Review cover essay in this weekend's WSJ. wsj.com/articles/jihad…

Feb 05, 2016

How did Africa become the fastest growing front in the global jihad? Thank Saudi Barbaria. [As usual.] wsj.com/articles/jihad…

Feb 05, 2016

Vicious groups like Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, weak states, Saudi-backed new mosques: why jihadism came to Africa. wsj.com/articles/jihad…

West Ponders Another Libya Intervention

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. As Islamic State gains ground, Europe and U.S. prepare for military action With Islamic State gaining ground in Libya, another Western intervention there looks increasingly likely.
Feb 04, 2016

Is another Western military intervention in Libya imminent, this time against ISIS? My column. wsj.com/article_email/…

Feb 05, 2016

#West ponders another #Libya intervention, writes Yaroslav Trofimov on.wsj.com/1Kstd0J via @WSJ

Feb 05, 2016

West ponders another Libya intervention, writes Yaroslav Trofimov on.wsj.com/1Kstd0J via @WSJ

Feb 05, 2016

US, Europe would rather send troops to Libya on request of unity Govt - but in its absence may act anyway. My column wsj.com/article_email/…

Feb 05, 2016

With Islamic State gaining ground in Libya, another Western intervention there looks increasingly likely on.wsj.com/1KtgZoC

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After Losing Land, Boko Haram Responds with Bombs

wsj.com — GANCEY, Cameroon-Just before dawn prayers earlier this month, a young man wearing a belt of 12 explosive canisters walked into the squat, ochre-colored building that serves as the mosque of this Cameroonian village. As he recited the prayers in the dissipating darkness, the young man accidentally stepped on the foot of Abba Ali, a 70-year-old...
Jan 28, 2016

RT @WSJ: After losing land, Boko Haram responds with bombs on.wsj.com/1JHDkim

Jan 28, 2016

What happens when Islamic State loses ground? In Africa, it's response is the suicide bombs. My column from Cameroon wsj.com/article_email/…

Jan 28, 2016

After Losing Land, Boko Haram Responds With Bombs - @yarotrof embeds with the Cameroonian army: wsj.com/articles/after…

Jan 28, 2016

I traveled with Cameroon's Israeli-trained special forces fighting Boko Haram, the Africa affiliate of Islamic State wsj.com/article_email/…

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For Fighting Jihadists, Chad Has the Go-To Army

wsj.com — N'DJAMENA, Chad-When the going gets tough against jihadists in western Africa, it's the Chadians who usually get the call. Soldiers from this Muslim-majority nation have played a critical role alongside France in combating Islamist militants in northern Mali since 2013.
Jan 21, 2016

Chad as Africa's peshmerga? In fighting Islamic State West African branch, Chad army emerges as regional superpower. wsj.com/article_email/…

Jan 21, 2016

here's my neighbor @yarotrof on Chad's mythical, invincible army. (and age-old question answered: it's "Chadians.") wsj.com/articles/for-f…

Jan 21, 2016

For fighting jihadists, Chad has the go-to army on.wsj.com/1RUTvLV via @WSJ

Jan 21, 2016

For fighting jihadists, Chad has the go-to army on.wsj.com/1RUTvLV via @WSJ

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Shifting and Uneasy Alliances Dot the Mideast Landscape

wsj.com — The Middle East once had two types of countries: America's allies, who usually abstained from fighting one another, and America's foes, whom the U.S. helped contain or defeat. Today, after years of American disengagement, those distinctions have increasingly blurred. In short, it's a frenemy world out there.
Jan 19, 2016

In the Middle East, the US used to have foes and allies. Now, it's a dangerous frenemy world out there. My analysis. wsj.com/article_email/…

Jan 19, 2016

RT @yarotrof: In the Middle East, the US used to have foes and allies. Now, it's a dangerous frenemy world out there. My analysis. wsj.com/article_email/…

Russian Intervention Emboldens Syrian Kurds

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Moscow's operations allows fighters to ignore U.S. concerns and gain ground against other rebel groups ISTANBUL-Russia's entry into the Syrian war and its subsequent conflict with Turkey have been a boon for one other combatant in addition to the Assad regime: the Syrian Kurds.
Jan 14, 2016

Russia's intervention in Syria -- and its conflict with Ankara -- emboldened the Syrian Kurds. My column. wsj.com/article_email/…

Jan 14, 2016

Are the Syrian Kurds playing Moscow and Washington against each other? My column. wsj.com/article_email/…

Jan 14, 2016

RT @yarotrof: Are the Syrian Kurds playing Moscow and Washington against each other? My column. wsj.com/article_email/…

Jan 14, 2016

Syrian Kurds have become indispensable in the US campaign against ISIS. And now they're also getting Russian support wsj.com/article_email/…

Jan 15, 2016

My column in today's WSJ: Are Syria's Kurds playing the US and Russia against each other? wsj.com/article_email/…

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Feb 13, 2016

RT @_EmmaGH: Russia's foreign minister has said the Syrian ceasefire is more likely to fail than to succeed. In case anyone was wondering

Feb 13, 2016

Makes you miss the free(r) Egypt under Mubarak. Seems to be heading into full Saddam mode. mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/13/wor…

Feb 12, 2016

One would have thought the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has other problems to worry about now. twitter.com/ikhwansyriaen/…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @EricTrager18: Italian student Giulio Regeni was apprehended by #Egypt police before being tortured and killed: uk.news.yahoo.com/egypt-dead-cam…

Feb 12, 2016

My column in today's WSJ: Russia is winning the war in Syria. What now? wsj.com/article_email/…


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