July 2017

Why we should not celebrate Mosul’s “liberation”.

By |July 12th, 2017|Categories: news|Tags: , , , , , , |

"There are no signs that attitudes within Baghdad towards the Sunnis are changing". (By Nino Orto) With Iraq’s second largest city free from Islamic State, there are many concerns which will be raised about the city’s future. With Mosul under the full control of the Iraqi government, Baghdad's first [...]

June 2017

When friends become enemies: Will Qatar become Saddam Hussein’s Iraq?

By |June 6th, 2017|Categories: latest, news|Tags: , , , , , |

"What is happening today with Qatar is a parabola already seen. Al-Thani is not Saddam Hussein and Qatar is not Iraq. But the modus operandi of Saudi Arabia remain the same." (By Nino Orto) Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have suspended recently all diplomatic and [...]

May 2017

Interview with Mrs Lejla Čamdžić Researcher at OCCRP

By |May 28th, 2017|Categories: interview, news|Tags: , , , , |

"OCCRP’s goal is to help the people of the world understand how organized crime and corruption resides in their countries and governments" (By Leonida Reitano)The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is an investigative reporting platform formed by 24 non-profit investigative centers, scores of journalists and several major [...]

April 2017

Saddam Hussein is still alive in Mosul

By |April 21st, 2017|Categories: news|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"If the situation in Mosul doesn't change there will be another group with a different name and leaderships who may be embroiled in a new wave of violence" (By Nino Orto) After Islamic State's defeat from Mosul  to really understand the resentment of the city towards the central government you [...]

The Islamic State conflict: Why the Caliphate will survive in Iraq

By |April 2nd, 2017|Categories: latest, news|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Without long-term political resolutions, it inevitably becomes difficult to crush IS’s insurgency because of the pragmatic politics of IS which combined traditional tribal power and puritanical jihādist ideology with military strategy of the former regime of Saddam" (By Nino Orto) The advance of Iraqi Security Forces and the Kurdish peshmerga towards [...]

February 2017

IRobot: Advanced Warfare in the Levant

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: news|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"The supposedly "barbaric" and "medieval" jihādists and insurgents rejecting Western democracy were converting counter-IED robots into IEDs and continuously innovating to counter coalition jamming equipment and using mobile phones to detonate car bombs from afar while releasing DVDs and videos instructing aspiring foreign fighters how to build bombs and cut off [...]

December 2016

Donate to Osservatorio Mashrek

By |December 30th, 2016|Categories: news|Tags: , , |

Dear Readers, Osservatorio Mashrek has decided to expand and bet in this project to provide a more accurate and detailed information about what is happening in the Mashreq and in international dynamics. We want to continue to deepen certain issues, like the wars in Syria and Iraq and the phenomenon of international [...]

September 2016

Erdogan: Mosul offensive will commence October 19

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: news|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“The agreement which is signed between the Peshmerga and Arabs for the offensive is very important” Erdogan said in a recent meeting in US (By Osservatorio Mashrek) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on Sunday that the battle to push the Islamic State out of their stronghold of Mosul will commence on October [...]

Are conflicts in Syria, Iraq becoming the experimental enviroment of next generation war?

By |September 3rd, 2016|Categories: news|Tags: , , , , , |

“It is evident by these cases   that terrorists and insurgents are increasingly turning to teleoperated weaponry to support and augment their forces in battle” (By Osservatorio Mashrek) Rebel groups are using remote-controlled guns in Syraq according to report from U.S Army. Remotely-operated sniper rifles and machines guns are becoming a powerful [...]

August 2016

Secret plot to kill Saudi Ambassador to Iraq: Covert Iranian war or Saudi Arabia propaganda?

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: news|Tags: , , , , , , |

"Ahemd Jamal, spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, said such claims were fabricated only meant to damage the relations between Baghdad and Riyadh" (By Nino Orto) Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq crumbling after the alleged assassination attempt of the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad. According to Asharq Al-Awsat, the assassins [...]

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