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Analysis & Commentary - John Hannah

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22nd December 2017 – Daily Sabah

Former US intelligence agents teach Emiratis how to spy, report says

John Hannah

Former U.S. agents are teaching their trade to intelligence officers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to an official course schedule reviewed by the global affairs magazine, Foreign Policy. more...

14th December 2017 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump

John Hannah

The scene at the United Nations Security Council last week was reminiscent of the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the international community balked at President George W. Bush’s “with us or against us” message to the world body concerning the coming war. more...

22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

US military opens new, but risky front in Afghan air war

John Hannah

Washington: As the US military opens a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban’s poppy-processing factories and dropping thousands more bombs, experts are warning of the risk of alienating the local population. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Has Donald Trump Lost Syria to Iran?

John Hannah

Three weeks ago, the White House released an official strategy for checking the Islamic Republic’s growing influence in the Middle East. more...

10th November 2017 – Quoted by David Gerstman - The Tower

The Nuclear Deal has Spurred Iranian Aggression, but It’s Not Too Late to Roll It Back. Yet.

John Hannah

Defenders of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the Iran nuclear deal is known, have argued that Iran’s aggression was intentionally not addressed by the deal. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by Ziva Dahl - The Washington Times

Smashing a critical American ally

John Hannah

On Oct. 16, Iranian-backed Shia militias, together with 9,000 Iraqi government forces, armed and trained by the U.S., invaded and took Kirkuk from the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by The Indian Express

Who is Mohammad bin Salman?

John Hannah

At 31, he could become one of the longest ruling monarch in Saudia Arabia history. Here is everything you need to know about Saudi's crowned prince Mohammad Bin Salman. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy - The Associated Press

Saudi arrests of princes consolidates another’s power grab

John Hannah

Saudi Arabia’s heir to the throne is overseeing an unprecedented wave of arrests of dozens of the country’s most powerful princes, military officers, influential businessmen and government ministers — some potential rivals or critics of the crown prince now consolidating his power. more...

31st October 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Abadi: We’ll bring Kurds to heel, as US shifts (slowly) in pro-Kurdish direction

John Hannah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi affirmed his intent to undertake two dramatic measures that would drastically weaken the Kurdistan Region. more...

18th October 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

After Raqa, what’s next for the US military in Syria

John Hannah

The Islamic State group's defeat in Raqa, their de facto Syrian capital, raises a thorny question for the US forces that have been training and arming the victorious local fighters: What comes next? more...

17th October 2017 – Quoted by Ava Homa - Kurdistan 24

Senator James Inhofe criticizes Kirkuk attack as ‘counterproductive,’ warns against Iran influence

John Hannah

Senator James Inhofe on Tuesday expressed concerns about Iraq entering hostilities with the Kurdistan Region which has been “a stabilizing influence” in the Middle East. more...

17th October 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

US ‘Helping Iran Conquer Kirkuk,’ Kurdish Military Official Tells Israeli News Outlet

John Hannah

A representative of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces told an Israeli media outlet on Tuesday that “all our friends have abandoned us” and blamed the US for “ultimately helping Iran conquer” the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. more...

16th October 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Trump claims neutrality in Iraqi-Kurdish clash, but meets substantial criticism

John Hannah

US President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, following a lunch with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell aimed at repairing the President’s tattered relations with Congressional Republicans. more...

11th October 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Zalmay Khalilzad: US should mediate between Erbil and Baghdad

John Hannah

Former US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, called on the US to become “very actively engaged” in negotiating the dispute between Erbil and Baghdad that has followed the independence referendum. more...

5th October 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

WATCH: Sen. Marco Rubio: US needs to prevent conflict after Kurdistan referendum

John Hannah

Sen. Marco Rubio added his voice to the growing number of figures in Washington, DC who now stress the importance of reducing tensions and preventing conflict in the region, following the Sep. 25 Kurdistan independence referendum. more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan24

Rep. Mike Gallagher: US should promote Erbil-Baghdad talks

John Hannah

Congressman Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, told Kurdistan 24, “The Kurdish people have overwhelmingly spoken” in their independence referendum. more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

US airstrike in Kabul causes casualties as Mattis, NATO chief visit

John Hannah

An American airstrike on insurgents in Kabul Wednesday caused "several casualties" after a missile "malfunctioned", NATO said, overshadowing a high-profile visit by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. more...

22nd September 2017 – Quoted by Peter Baker and David E. Sanger - The New York Times

White House Weighs Response to North Korea’s Threats

John Hannah

The war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, raised concerns on Friday that it could escalate into a new and more volatile phase as the White House weighed its next steps in response to a threat by Pyongyang to conduct the world’s first atmospheric nuclear test in 37 years. more...

5th September 2017 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Experts warn of danger to U.S. companies if Trump follows through on China threats

John Hannah

As the gulf between the U.S. and North Korea over Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program grows, one of the few things that the two countries continue to have in common is that their biggest trading partner is China, a fact that complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to employ economic pressure in the standoff. more...

1st September 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s Hold on Syria and its Threat to Israel are Direct Results of Nuclear Deal

John Hannah

The former Obama administration ambassador to Syria said this week that Iran’s presence in Syria is “the new reality that we have to accept, and there isn’t much we can do about it,” and that this reality “has made the situation worse for Israel.” more...