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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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Civilian casualties of anti-Islamic State campaign shouldn't be downplayed

14 March, 2019

Comment: Downplaying the number of civilian deaths caused by coalition airstrikes taints the military victory over the Islamic State, writes Paul Iddon.

Saudi long-range missile factory sparks fears over weapons proliferation

20 February, 2019

Comment: There are worrying signs that ballistic missile proliferation in the Middle East is spiralling out of control, writes Paul Iddon.

High points, low points: A history of Iran-Egypt relations

15 February, 2019

Egypt and Iran had a lot in common, but seismic geopolitical events have made sure to keep them apart for much of the 20th century and the past 20 years.

Controversial European arms sales to Middle East in spotlight

29 January, 2019

Analysis: Macron's silence over weapons sales during his visit to Egypt speaks volumes.

Manbij bombing could become major propaganda coup for IS

21 January, 2019

Analysis: Spinning the US withdrawal as a forced retreat, the Islamic State group is capitalising on its recent attacks in Manbij and Hasakah.

Where will Syria's next battlefields be?

14 January, 2019

Analysis: Kurdish-controlled areas in the east and HTS-controlled areas in the west are likely to be the final battlefronts, along with anywhere Israel feels like bombing.

Have Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia peaked?

21 December, 2018

Analysis: The outrage over weapons deals to serial human rights abusers may finally be making an impact, writes Paul Iddon.

A history of Iranian threats to close Hormuz Straits

13 December, 2018

Tehran has frequently threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a bottleneck choke-point for the world's oil supplies, over the past 50 years.

Iraqi-Kurdish cooperation in Kirkuk vital for defeating Islamic State

04 December, 2018

Comment: Baghdad must recognise that a multiethnic joint security force would be much more effective at disrupting Islamic State activity, writes Paul Iddon.

East of Suez: Britain's new Gulf military build-up

21 November, 2018

Analysis: A formidable British presence in the region will likely help London secure further lucrative arms sales with the Arab Gulf states, Paul Iddon writes.

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.

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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