Foreign Correspondent: Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump — jockeying for power in Syria


While foreign powers continue their squabbles, Syrian civilians pay the price. https://48hills.org/2018/07/putin-trump-syria/ By Reese Erlich  July 12, 2018 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT Russian bombs rained down on towns of southern Syria as an estimated 320,000 civilians fled for their lives. Over the past several weeks tens of thousands walked to the Jordanian and Israeli borders hoping to … Continue reading

US fires missiles at Syria but the justification unravels


Foreign Correspondent column  by Reese Erlich April 19, 2018 In 1998, al Qaeda killed 224 people when it attacked U.S. embassies in east Africa. In retaliation, President Bill Clinton ordered a missile strike against what he described as an al Qaeda nerve gas factory in Sudan. For years, he insisted that the attack had dealt … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble


http://progressive.org/dispatches/u-s-permanent-occupation-of-northern-syria-180213/ What will the leftists in Rojava do? by Reese Erlich February 13, 2018 The Progressive When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. … Continue reading

Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria—Sleepwalking into a Global Confrontation


June 22, 2017, The Progressive magazine   With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia. On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near allied rebels in southeastern Syria. On June 17, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian Air … Continue reading

Trump attack on Syria “unmitigated disaster”


Inside Syria author Reese Erlich Available for Comment on Latest Syrian Crisis Press Release from Paradigm Books, April 7, 2017  Peabody Award-winning foreign correspondent and author Reese Erlich said today that, “the Trump missile attack on Syria is an unmitigated disaster. While seemingly dealing a decisive blow against Bashar al-Assad’s use of poison gas, in … Continue reading

The Six Most Common Middle East Conspiracy Theories


Common Dreams Dec.  15, 2016 Reese Erlich I speak about the Middle East to people of various political persuasions around the US, from leftist college students to conservatives on AM radio talk shows. Most Americans are wary of further US military intervention in the region and ask intelligent questions about this very complicated topic. But … Continue reading

Turkey: Why Yet Another Country Invaded Syria


The Progressive, September 2, 2016 by Reese Erlich On August 23, Turkey sent troops, tanks, and artillery into the mainly Kurdish region of northern Syria, ostensibly to fight the Islamic State (IS). Turkey joins the United States, Russia, Iran, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah in stationing troops in Syria in what has become an international proxy war. … Continue reading

Iran’s Diplomatic Dance on Syria


Tehran says it backs the Syrian cease-fire — but only if it can still hammer “terrorists” the West sees as the valid opposition to Assad. By Reese Erlich Foreign Policy, March 1, 2016 TEHRAN — As a partial cease-fire between the Syrian government and some rebel groups began Saturday, Iranian authorities expressed support for the … Continue reading

US and Russia compete to woo Syrian Kurd rebels


POLITICO Magazine November 02, 2015 Now Obama wants to help the Kurds? Russia’s already there. By  Reese Erlich Sulimaniya, Kurdish Region, Iraq – President Obama’s bid to exert more influence in the Syrian civil war may be too little, too late. Stung by Vladimir Putin’s military intervention, Obama last week foreswore his previous refusal to … Continue reading

The heroes of the battle of Kobane want their political reward.


VICE News By Reese Erlich April 8, 2015 In late January, Kurdish fighters backed by US airstrikes routed the Islamic State (IS) in the Syrian border town of Kobane. In Iraq, too, they have been a key bulwark against the extremists amid the collapse of the Iraqi army. Now, seizing their political moment, Syrian Kurds … Continue reading