Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich is a journalist who writes frequently on foreign policy, arts, and culture. His most recent book is, Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, with a foreword by Noam Chomsky (Prometheus Books). See website or follow him on Twitter: @ReeseErlich

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"The U.N. Security Council did not authorize this or other recent U.S. actions (Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, or previous attacks on Syria). The Trump Administration is also violating the U.S. War Powers Act, which prohibits the President from waging war without Congressional approval." (Photo: The All-Nite Images/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Serious Questions About Chemical Attack in Douma and US Bombardment of Syria
In 1998, al Qaeda killed 224 people when it attacked U.S. embassies in east Africa. In retaliation, President Bill Clinton ordered a missile strike against what he described as an al Qaeda nerve gas factory in Sudan. For years, he insisted that the attack had dealt a tough blow against terrorists...
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The US frequently interfered in Afghan elections in support of one corrupt leader or another. Here an Afghan farmer who used to grow opium, a major source of corruption among Afghan leaders. (Photo: Reese Erlich) Views
Thursday, March 01, 2018
The Russians Aren’t The Only Election Hackers
Welcome to the latest Washington crisis. The American people are supposed to be petrified at the threat posed by Russian spies who hack our emails, buy ads on Facebook and impersonate Americans in chat rooms. The evil Ruskies have the audacity to use phony websites to divide us over issues of...
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In 2014 the U.S. responded to Islamic State attacks on Yazidis by bombing northern Syria, and later sending troops there. Here aid workers provide food for Yazidis after the attacks. (Photo: Reese Erlich) Views
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble
When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. At the time I warned that, far from being a...
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Friday prayers in Tehran generally attract political hardliners, who have become emboldened by Trump’s belligerence. Views
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Trump Moves Encourage Iranian Hardliners
In Washington DC, Trump’s moves against the Iran nuclear agreement are seen as getting tough on a dangerous enemy. In Iran, they are seen as the first steps towards another war in the Mideast. Last week, Trump refused to certify the nuclear agreement. Under that accord Iran has agreed to stringent...
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Trump plans to send 4,000 more troops to bolster the corrupt regime installed by the US in the first place. Matthew Hoh, a former State Department official in Afghanistan, told me Trump used fear mongering about terrorist attacks to justify the escalation. Views
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Is Trump Planning Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan?
On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban regime. But when I asked what should the US do now, most answered “go home.” That was in January 2002, just...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria—Sleepwalking into a Global Confrontation
With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia. On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near allied rebels in southeastern Syria. On June 17, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian Air Force bomber,...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Six Most Common Middle East Conspiracy Theories
I speak about the Middle East to people of various political persuasions around the US, from leftist college students to conservatives on AM radio talk shows. Most Americans are wary of further US military intervention in the region and ask intelligent questions about this very complicated topic...
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Black Panthers are Back
Seeing a documentary on the Black Panthers while sitting next to Bobby Seale is quite an experience. As we watch a press preview of the film in an East Oakland home, the co-founder of the Panthers sometimes calls out the names of old comrades as they appear on screen, or he corrects an occasional...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The New Iraq War Is Doomed
The latest iteration of the Iraq War is already starting to escalate. The day after Christmas, U.S. forces and its allies hit the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with 31 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Three thousand U.S. military advisers are now authorized to accompany Iraqi troops into...
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Thursday, October 02, 2014
10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War in Iraq and Syria
Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He interviewed Kurdish leaders, peshmerga fighters and U.S. officials. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington. 1...
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