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Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs

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A history of Iraq-Syria relations

08 November, 2018

The two countries have gone through their ups and downs, with probably more downs than ups, writes Paul Iddon.

Review: From eye doctor to tyrant: 'House of Assad'

02 November, 2018

Comment: This three-part series is a fascinating look at how a man who never intended to rule Syria, finished up overseeing the greatest tragedy of our generation, writes Paul Iddon.

The US never supported Kurdish secession

15 October, 2018

Analysis: Russian claims that Washington is trying to break up Syria are not grounded in either history or reality, writes Paul Iddon.

Will the US stay in Syria?

09 October, 2018

Despite President Trump's reservations, the answer is 'probably', reports Paul Iddon.

Turkey consolidates presence in northern Syria

20 September, 2018

Analysis: Ankara's investments south of its border indicate it plans to maintain influence there so some time to come, writes Paul Iddon.

Iran, Turkey up-the-ante with targeted attacks on Kurdish adversaries

10 September, 2018

Analysis: Stepping up assassinations on foreign soil may spark unprecedented violent reactions, writes Paul Iddon.

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

30 August, 2018

Comment: Following six years of de-facto self-rule, it's clear that Syria's Kurds have established themselves in ways impossible to undo, writes Paul Iddon.

Idlib: Will Syria's last major battle be its deadliest?

17 August, 2018

The last major redoubt held by Assad's opponents in Idlib may become the site for the fiercest fighting and devastation in the Syrian conflict to date, writes Paul Iddon.

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

07 August, 2018

Analysis: The GCC is fractured, Oman has a legacy of neutrality and Qatar is under siege by other Gulf nations. Trump's bid to unite them all against Iran is doomed.

The Trump administration's Iran policy is completely misguided

27 July, 2018

Comment: Iranians may well be unhappy with the country's current economy and politics but pursuing aggressive regime change with the deeply unpopular MEK would be disastrous, writes Paul Iddon.

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

20 July, 2018

Analysis: The US, Russia, Turkey and Iran all have different motives for staying - and for leaving, writes Paul Iddon.

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

10 July, 2018

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes Paul Iddon.

Paul Iddon
Paul Iddon

Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs

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