Entries by Sami Moubayed

Trump’s Tomahawks and the Abu Nidal Factor

In June 1982, US Secretary of State Alexander Haig warned Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin that he could not invade Lebanon without a viable pretext. Weeks later, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, barely survived an assassination attempt in London by a Palestinian terrorist group led by the notorious Abu Nidal. Israeli leaders knew that […]

Four baskets on the table at Geneva V

The upcoming round of United Nations-mandated Syria peace talks, better known as Geneva V, will kick off in Switzerland today, only weeks after the last round concluded in early March. Four “baskets” are currently on the table, according to UN Special Envoy Staffan Di Mistura and none speak of decapitation or mention the fate and […]

Abu Bakr back in Syria, readying for battle against US

According to senior intelligence sources in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS), has been in neighboring Syria since March 11. Since declaring his “state,” in late June 2014, al-Baghdadi has been living in Mosul, in northern Iraq. Five months ago, the Iraqi Army launched a major offensive to re-take Mosul. […]

باولو كويللو في حديث مع سامي المبيض حول الصوفية في دمشق وما هي ماهية الخيميائي

كانت الجامعة المكان الأول التي سمعت باسم باولو كويللو، وكان الخبر المنتشر في شوارع بيروت بغزو كاتب من البرازيل للساحة العالمية بكتابه المزلزل الجديد بعنوان الخيميائي، هذا الكتاب الذي غير مجرى حياة العديد من الشباب. في الثمانينيات تم نشر كتاب الخيميائي أولاً من خلال دار نشر برازيلية مغمورة ليصبح “أحد أكثر الكتب مبيعاً عبر التاريخ” […]

Trump, Syria, and the Muslim Brotherhood

In 2012, then-US secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quot­ed as saying: “We believe… that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to non-violence and we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood mem­bers who wish to talk with us.” This was just […]

A Malaysian jihadist’s journey from Facebook through Syria

Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State seemed perfect […]

Who controls the Syrian chessboard?

Amidst major differences, two important benchmarks are currently on the table for both camps in the Syrian conflict. One is Astana II, a two-day technical conference chaired by regional powers and scheduled to begin in the capital of Kazakhstan today. The other is the United Nations-mandated Geneva process, penciled for February 23. Astana II will […]

The Philippines: a new source of grass roots for ISIS?

According to well-informed sources in Iraq, the self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is worried about the future of his organization in Syria and Iraq. The terror group has been ejected from strategic cities such as Ramadi, faces an uphill battle in Mosul, and is on the verge of a major confrontation […]

When the guns go silent who foots the bill? China is ready

signals from the Trump White House indicate that the new US President is seemingly ready and willing to outsource the entire Syrian conflict to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who will be given a free hand to hammer out an endgame to his liking so long as he eradicates Islamic State (ISIS), empowers Syrian Kurds, […]

Syria eyes a Hamas split

In January, the two main Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, agreed in Russian-sponsored talks to form a national unity government, ending a quasi-civil war that has lasted between them since 2007. Although Russia, along with the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, has been part of the Middle East Quartet trying to […]