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Originally published in Huffington Post Greece on Jan. 14, 2018 With the completion of the Turkish business “Shield of the Euphrates,” a number of Turkish officials, mainly President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, confirmed that Turkey would not end its military operations, but that was rather a prelude to the start of […]

The last hours before the Battle of Afrin


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 611, p. 39, on Dec. 29, 2017 The Cold War between NATO and Russia Rebounds Dynamically Over the last five years there has been an increase in tension and military expansion from US-led NATO countries on the one hand and Russia […]

The roaring “bear”


Paraskinio – issue 609, p. 47, Dec. 16, 2017 For nearly two months, Washington is examining the case of Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab about his role in breaking the economic embargo imposed by Washington and the United Nations on Iran for its nuclear program. But the details of the case […]

Reza Zarrab: from an accused, a witness


The atmosphere in Lebanon is electrified in the last two weeks after the announcement of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Riyadh. Although, according to Reuters, the resignation was made under pressure from Saudi Arabia, it is certain that its timing is not accidental if we take […]

The war against Hezbollah, the international factor and the role ...



Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 602, p. 47, on Nov. 11, 2017 In recent days, there have been various developments in the wider Middle East region. The announcement by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of his resignation from Riyadh early last week was a major shock […]

The “Cold War” in the Middle East


Paraskinio – issue 602, p. 46, Nov. 4, 2017 Nine months after Donald Trump took over as the leader of the White House, investigator Robert Mueller began to publish his first research on the influence of Moscow in the recent US presidential election. This information indicates the direct and indirect […]

Putin’s “chess” – Russia’s role in the Middle East and ...


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 602, p. 48, on Oct. 27, 2017 The developments of the last days on Iraqi territory were expected, as I had predicted in my older article. Iraqi forces, backed by militant Al-Hashd al-Sha’abi, and the Turkmen battalions trained in Turkey, headed […]

Iraqi Kurdistan’s choices after the loss of Kirkuk


Huffington Post Greece – Oct. 16, 2017 Over the past two months, several articles have been published in the international press that talked about the victory of Assad in his war against his people who revolted against him in early 2011. These articles began to spread especially after the fall […]

Ephialtes of Damascus



Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 600, p. 48, on Oct. 14, 2017 In recent days, a verbal escalation from several Turkish officials led by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to the Russian side about the supply agreement of the Russian S-400 missile systems is evident. Officials from […]

The background of the Russian-Turkish S-400 supply agreement


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 599, p. 19, on Oct. 7, 2017 The results of the referendum on the secession of Iraqi Kurdistan from the central government of Baghdad have shown that 93% of the voters approve it. This development has been seen by most regional […]

Ankara’s choices after the Kurdish referendum


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 598, p. 40, on Sept. 30, 2017 In recent weeks, we have seen a rapid progress of Russia in the Syrian arena  and its allies on the one hand, and of America and the Kurds on the other. Russia has increased […]

The Syrian East will host the post-terrorism struggle


Originally published in LastPoint.gr on September 25, 2017 Following SYRIZA’s expected victory in the 2015 elections, great concern among Greek observers has arisen because of his election promises. The country had begun to breathe and rest on its feet under the rule of former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Thus, Alexis […]

Alexis Tsipras in Wonderland