Category Archives: Paul Iddon

The Gulf crisis and future of Qatar’s military

by Paul Iddon In any potential war pitting Qatar against the militaries of its Saudi and Emirati neighbours it’s clear Doha would face two adversaries with superior militaries, in terms of both quality and quantity. The tiny resource-rich sheikdom, the … Continue reading

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Can Saudi Arabia become America’s new gendarme in the Persian Gulf?

by Paul Iddon Over the next decade the United States may provide the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with as much as $350 billion worth of military hardware, which would dwarf the already exorbitant deals carried out in the last decade … Continue reading

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US MOAB strike in Afghanistan was very Putin-esque

by Paul Iddon. The United States’ 21,600 pound (9,800 kg) GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) saw its combat debut in Afghanistan in mid-April against the terror organization “Islamic State” (ISIS) in a massive retaliatory strike … Continue reading

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Israel-Saudi relations have come a long way

by Paul Iddon At the Munich Security Conference earlier this year Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “accused Iran of trying to undermine Saudi Arabia” and accordingly called on “moderate” Sunni Arab monarchies to fight “radical” forces in the region. According … Continue reading

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The ISIS drone threat

by Paul Iddon. In a 1993 televised panel discussion about the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and potential ballistic missile threats from countries like North Korea and Iran, scholar Russell Seitz briefly touched upon the simple forms in which asymmetrical threats … Continue reading

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Is Cairo cosying up to Moscow?

by Paul Iddon Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s rise to power was not warmly welcomed by Washington. The ex-army chief had deposed his predecessor, Mohammad Morsi, in July 2013 leading to a series of bloody crackdowns during that summer. US … Continue reading

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Russia’s second faux drawdown from Syria

by Paul Iddon. On January 6, 2017 Moscow announced for the second time in less than a year that it is partially withdrawing its forces from Syria (the fist announcement was in March 2016). This time the Russians said their … Continue reading

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The potential implications of Iranian aircraft in Syrian skies

by Paul Iddon. This will be the last article by Paul so far for Offiziere.ch. He now writes exclusively for Rudaw Media Network in Erbil. You can follow his work here. Offiziere.ch wishes him every success in his future assignment … Continue reading

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Will Russian air power solidify de-facto Syrian Kurdish autonomy?

by Paul Iddon. When the United States began its bombing campaign in Syria last year, America’s jets notably packed anti-radiation (HARM) missiles — likely in case the remnants of Syria’s air defenses tried to shoot them down, or accidentally opened fire on them, while … Continue reading

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Amman the Arbiter: Why Jordan is the perfect state to bridge a compromise in Syria

by Paul Iddon. Shortly after Russia’s military deployment to Syria, the Jordanians agreed to Russian offers to establish a “special working mechanism” in Amman for military coordination in Syria — a country in which both have interests, some of which diverge. … Continue reading

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