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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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The US and Turkey's long-term plans for northern Syria

20 February, 2018

Agendas in northern Syria appear to be converging into a single policy: Maintaining long-term foreign presences on the ground, writes Paul Iddon.

The convoluted geopolitics of the battle for Afrin

20 February, 2018

Analysis: The Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria is coming under fire from all sides, writes Paul Iddon.

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

12 February, 2018

Analysis: With the Islamic State group and domestic opposition largely crushed, foreign powers continue to jostle for power and influence in what remains of Syria, writes Paul Iddon.

Why Rouhani warned Iran not to repeat Shah's mistakes

06 February, 2018

Analysis: The slightest veneer of democracy has enabled the regime in Tehran to rule for four decades, writes Paul Iddon.

Afrin: How far will Turkey's operation against Kurds go?

29 January, 2018

Despite Ankara's long held goal of destroying Kurdish groups, operation Olive Branch will likely remain confined to Afrin.

Israeli and Turkish attacks could prolong Syrian war

22 January, 2018

Analysis: As Damascus consolidates control over much of the country, attacks by Syria's neighbours risk opening new fronts in the war, writes Paul Iddon.

A Turkish attack on Kurds will destabilise Syria's northwest

17 January, 2018

Analysis: Ankara's bid to rout Kurdish fighters from areas bordering Turkey will lead to further displacement and could likely undo progress made in establishing 'safe zones', notes Paul Iddon.

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

12 January, 2018

Analysis: Assad's Russian-backed troops are marching into Idlib, and rebel groups and Islamist militias appear unable to stop their advance, reports Paul Iddon.

Riyadh and Tehran's small steps towards cultural reform

22 December, 2017

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and Iran are both undertaking cultural reforms, but both face challenegs in shaking up society too quickly, writes Paul Iddon.

The dangers of Russia's erratic flying in Syria

22 December, 2017

Analysis: A small mistake could have drastic consequences, writes Paul Iddon.

Iraq's penchant for the 'military option' with Kurdistan

18 December, 2017

Comment: The Iraqi army's operation in Kirkuk concluded almost a decade of efforts on Baghdad's part to force the hand of the Kurds, writes Paul Iddon.

Russia expanding Middle East footprint with Egypt bases

15 December, 2017

Analysis: Putin's deal with Sisi allows Moscow to project power over the region, while bolstering Cairo's international aspirations, writes 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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