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30/08/2014 Article

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

/ Alastair Crooke

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Global Post/Huffington Post, 27 August 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html BEIRUT – The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have

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01/07/2007 Interview

Video: Middle East – Behind the Conflict

Tags: Fatah, Hamas, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria

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Avi Lewis, from the Canadian television international affairs analysis program, On The Map, recently interviewed Conflicts Forum director, Alastair Crooke. The broadcast aired on CBC,

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28/06/2007 Article

Our Second Biggest Mistake in the Middle East

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Fatah, Gaza, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mecca Agreement, Palestinians

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London Review of Books, June 28, 2007 ‘The situation in Gaza is dangerous, and the danger is that Hamas will take over and turn Gaza

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18/06/2007 Article

The Palestinian Question: What Now?

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Bush Administration, Fatah, Gaza, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mecca Agreement, Occupied Territories, Palestinians

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In “Gaza: Another Mess Made in U.S.,” Rootless Cosmopolitan’s Tony Karon likens the defeat of Mohammad Dahlan’s U.S.-backed Preventive Security Services to an earlier American

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23/05/2007 Article

Document Details ‘US’ Plan to Sink Hamas

/ Mark Perry & Paul Woodward

Tags: Bush Administration, Fatah, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mecca Agreement

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Asia Times, May 16, 2007 On April 30, the Jordanian weekly newspaper Al-Majd published a story about a 16-page secret document, an “Action Plan for

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17/05/2007 Article

Maliki and Sadr

/ Baghdad Correspondent

Tags: Bush Administration, Iran, Iraq, War in Iraq

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American troops entering Baghdad on April 9, 2003 noted the strange quiet that enveloped large parts of the city. While Baathist gunmen continued to launch

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10/05/2007 Article

Blueprint for the Third Intifada – America’s Reverse Midas Touch

/ Paul Woodward

Tags: Bush Administration, Fatah, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mecca Agreement, Palestinians

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On May 4, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an account of a U.S. security plan for Gaza along with “Acceleration Benchmarks for Agreement on Movement

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