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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

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 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/…

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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The State of the Kurds

linkis.com — With a political win in Turkey, victories over Islamic State and autonomy in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurds are enjoying a triumphant moment-and thinking of a country of their own
Jun 20, 2015

RT @rbrancatelli: Amid an imploding Mideast ravaged by religious hatreds, the Kurds provide rare bright spot ln.is/www.wsj.com/ar… via @WSJ

The State of the Kurds

wsj.com — It is a time of good news for the Kurds, a people more accustomed to tragedy than to triumph. Just last week in Turkey, a political party rooted in the struggle for Kurdish rights vaulted over the 10% threshold for parliamentary representation, giving the Kurds their biggest say ever in Turkish politics.
Jun 20, 2015

Must read: Amid imploding Mideast ravaged by religious hatreds, Kurds provide rare bright spot by @yarotrof on.wsj.com/1fm7CZK via @WSJ

Jun 19, 2015

The Stateless Nation: Has the moment finally come for the Kurds, whose successes provide a rare ME bright spot? on.wsj.com/1fm7CZK @WSJ

Jun 19, 2015

The Middle's East's Kurdish moment: my Review cover essay on the rise of the Kurds in @WSJ: wsj.com/article_email/…

Jun 19, 2015

RT @yarotrof: The Middle's East's Kurdish moment: my Review cover essay on the rise of the Kurds in @WSJ: wsj.com/article_email/…

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Saudi Arabia Reluctantly Finds Common Cause With Israel in Suspicions About Iran

wsj.com — JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia-After launching into a tirade about the malicious designs of their perfidious foe, three Saudi academics and analysts on separate recent occasions began by pronouncing "Israel"-and then, catching their error of habit mid-word, corrected themselves to say "Iran."
Jun 18, 2015

#Saudi Arabia reluctantly finds common cause with #Israel in suspicions about #Iran, by @YaroTrof on.wsj.com/1fjfA5I via @WSJ

Jun 18, 2015

Rise of Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen mirrors that of Hezbollah, makes strange bedfellows of Saudis and Israel: wsj.com/articles/saudi…

Jun 18, 2015

Saudis on Israel: "Enemy because of its origins, not its actions -- while Iran is an enemy because of its actions." on.wsj.com/1GumiPs

Jun 18, 2015

RT @yarotrof: Saudis on Israel: "Enemy because of its origins, not its actions -- while Iran is an enemy because of its actions." on.wsj.com/1GumiPs

Jun 18, 2015

Anwar Eshki has one particular complaint about Israel: it was too soft on Hizbollah in 2006 on.wsj.com/1RckgGj

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To U.S. Allies, Al Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Becomes the Lesser Evil

wsj.com — As Islamic State gains ground, calls to reach out to the Nusra Front intensify BEIRUT-In the three-way war ravaging Syria, should the local al Qaeda branch be seen as the lesser evil to be wooed rather than bombed? This is increasingly the view of some of America's regional allies and even some Western officials.
Jun 12, 2015

'We must differentiate between fanaticism and outright monstrosity': why Al Qaeda affiliate is lesser evil in Syria wsj.com/articles/to-u-…

Jun 11, 2015

To US allies, Qaeda's Syrian branch increasingly becomes the lesser evil, to be wooed rather than bombed. My column. wsj.com/article_email/…

Jun 11, 2015

RT @MaxAbrahms: Fletcher School dean equates working w/ al Qaeda to allying w/ Russia in WW2 but Russia wasn't at war against us then on.wsj.com/1JHutLX

Jun 11, 2015

RT @WSJ: To U.S. allies, al Qaeda affiliate in Syria becomes the lesser evil: on.wsj.com/1FLj1IZ

Jun 11, 2015

"It does say something when suddenly Nusra become a lot more tempting.” Latest Middle East column by @yarotrof on.wsj.com/1ML7bTS

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Jul 29, 2015

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

Jul 29, 2015

Not the Onion. Russian Army TV says Malaysian jet was downed by a BBC journalist on CIA payroll. tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i…

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

RT @majorlyp: Afghan allegation that Mullah Omar died in Karachi hospital is conspiracy to defame competence a& thorough medical care in Ka…

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

Mullah Omar -- not seen in public since 2001 -- is dead, Afghan officials and some Taliban say. Our coverage. wsj.com/articles/talib…

Jul 28, 2015

RT @KekHamo: Pro-Erdogan Turkish journalist threatens to do with the Kurds same what they did to the Armenians... pic.twitter.com/0xdvTrTyJ8

Jul 28, 2015

RT @HaiderAlAbadi: Council of Ministers considers Turkish airstrikes on Iraqi territory a dangerous escalation and a violation of Iraq's sovereignty (1/3)



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