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JOHN SJOHOLM

Articles from Lima Charlie MENA Bureau Chief John Sjoholm.

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Selling the Kurds, our new media darlings

The quickly dwindling threat from the Islamic State will soon result in Western news consumers and security investments turning elsewhere. With the interests and resources gone, all that will remain is an ongoing civil war… Keep Reading

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA BRIEF, SITREP July 10 – July 16: Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Low Intensity Conflicts. [FEATURES]: United States and Qatar sign agreement to fight terrorism; The United States (US) and Qatar signed a memorandum… Keep Reading

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA BRIEF, SITREP July 3 – July 10: Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Low Intensity Conflicts. [MISC]: Lifting of on-flight electronics ban on US-bound flights from certain airports. The US ban prohibiting the carry on… Keep Reading

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA BRIEF, SITREP June 27 – July 2: Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Low Intensity Conflicts. [MISC]: The Qatari-Gulf State diplomatic situation; The Qatari-Gulf State diplomatic situation continues to unravel, with Saudi utrabia declaring its… Keep Reading

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA BRIEF, SITREP June 21 – June 26: Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Low Intensity Conflicts. [MISC]: Gulf States, led by Saudi Arabia, present Qatar with 13 demands. Kuwait, operating as an intermediary, has presented… Keep Reading

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Abu Bakr al Baghdadi: Wanted, dead or alive

Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? The Islamic State continues to lose terrain by the hour, finding itself besieged on… Keep Reading

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA BRIEF, SITREP June 12 – June 20: Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition – Regional Low Intensity Conflicts. | [MISC]: State adds Indonesian group to Specially Designated Global Terrorist list: The US Department of State… Keep Reading

Updates from the Syrian front: the push on al Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish and Arab militia coalition backed by the U.S., continue to advance through al Raqqa City, the official capital of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Due to international political… Keep Reading

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA BRIEF, SITREP June 4 – June 13: Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Low Intensity Conflicts. | [MISC]: Attack in Iran Terror Strikes Iran, Lima Charlie News Iran’s Response to Islamic State Terrorism, Lima Charlie… Keep Reading

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Terror strikes Tehran

Early Wednesday morning two teams consisting of 8 Islamic State fighters carried out a series of coordinated attacks against the parliament building in Tehran, and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. The parliament building is situated… Keep Reading

Ramadan of Violence

Amidst the call for peace during the holiest month of Islam, Ramadan, the Islamic State has called upon its followers to commit heinous acts of indiscriminate terror. During the initial days of Ramadan, which began… Keep Reading

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