Jonathan Spyer Articles

4 Jews Killed in Paris Attack Buried in Israel

3:22 PM, Jan 13, 2015

Under a cloudless Jerusalem sky, a crowd of thousands gathered at the cemetery at Givat Shaul on Tuesday, to bury the four Jews murdered at the Hyper Cacher in Paris. Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada were laid to rest in Har Hamenuhot, on the approach to Jerusalem from the west.

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At the Kurdistan Front

Holding the line against the Islamic State.
Sep 22, 2014

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan
A war is being waged along a 900-mile front between two entities that today constitute de facto quasi-states stretching across the old border between Syria and Iraq. These are the Islamic State to the south and a contiguous area of Kurdish-controlled territory to the north. Recently, I traveled to the latter, in regions of northern Iraq and northeast Syria, like the town of Derik, where I spoke with a Kurdish soldier who had recently been in a firefight with IS forces in the neighboring village of Jeza’a.

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Wars Within Wars

In northern Syria, the Kurds try to carve out a territory and fend off the jihadists
May 26, 2014

Kobani, Syrian Kurdish Region
With Syrian presidential elections scheduled for June, the incumbent and shoo-in for reelection, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is campaigning on the promise that 2014 will be the year in which military operations in Syria end. However, the situation in northern Syria, exemplified by the conflict in the canton of Kobani, an area stretching from the Turkish border to south of Kobani city, and from Tell Abyad in the east to Jarabulus in the west, casts doubt on Assad’s optimism.

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Putin’s Move on Ukraine

Showdown in Kiev.
Dec 30, 2013

For the demonstrators in Kiev’s Independence Square, the protest is no longer about the EU Association agreement that President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign on November 21. The precise benefits to be derived from greater economic ties with Brussels are not what is keeping several thousand Ukrainians encamped in the now renamed “Euro Square” in the dead cold of a Kiev December. Rather, the issue has become a more basic one—where is Ukraine headed?

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The Kurds Are for the Kurds

Syria’s other combatants
Mar 18, 2013

Syrian Kurdistan

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Hamas’s Miscalculation

1:31 PM, Nov 18, 2012

The crisis now under way in Gaza represents the moment when the wave of Sunni Islamism that has been achieving triumph after triumph in the region since early 2011 finally crashes up against the Jewish state.

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The Battle for Aleppo

A report from the front lines of the Syrian civil war
Oct 08, 2012

Aleppo, Syria

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Inside Free Syria

Poorly armed, lacking in allies, and against all odds, an insurgency seeks to topple the Assad dictatorship.
Feb 27, 2012

Idleb Province, Syria

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