MENAroundup - Issue #33

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April 12 · Issue #33 · View online
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MENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Middle East, focussing on Syria and Iraq. lars@menaroundup.com

Key developments

  • Concerning the chemical attacks: Everything points to the Assad regime as the perpetrator. There is always room for conspiracy theories, especially in the Middle East, but I suggest focussing on the reasons why the regime would launch such an attack. The first piece below addresses that question. 
  • The United States indicated that Russia knew about the attacks and that Moscow is trying to cover up what happened in Khan Sheikhoun.
  • Following the attacks, Washington has not adopted a clear “Assad has to go” position.
  • There is no international reaction like new sanctions against the regime and/or Russia in sight. G7 countries ask for further investigation but seem cautious overall.
  • Airstrikes continued throughout the country, including incendiary bombs.
  • South: Rebels advanced in Daraa city. Additionally, regime warplanes attacked rebels who are fighting the local Islamic State affiliate in the desert of the Eastern Qalamoun region.
  • Regime forces continued their advance in northern Hama, where rebels had seized territory within the last weeks.
Articles worth reading
US strikes mark a new turn in Syria and beyond. Destination unknown
The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century
Yes, it’s possible to do research in conflict zones. This is how.
Syriana
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