Geopolitics Behind Pakistan’s Sehwan Shrine Bombing

Mayhem stalks South Asia as a series of terrorist bombings ripped through Pakistan in February. The most horrific targeted worshipers at one of Pakistan's most famous and magnificent Sufi shrines at Sehwan. At least 88 people died and hundreds were injured as a suicide bomber detonated his vest filled with ball bearings and bolts inside … Continue reading Geopolitics Behind Pakistan’s Sehwan Shrine Bombing

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The Next Terrorist Atrocity

Official Washington refers to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and although this regional description is clearly out of date the fact remains that IS is a loose international association of quasi-religious thugs whose likeness to human beings is marginal and whose savagery is almost beyond comprehension. President … Continue reading The Next Terrorist Atrocity

Palmyra’s Re-Liberation and the “Rojava Civil War”

Palmyra was just re-liberated for the second time after a hard-fought battle for this strategic city, while in the same week, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq visited Turkey to plot the “Rojava Civil War”. Each of these events will directly impact on the disjointed efforts that are underway to liberate … Continue reading Palmyra’s Re-Liberation and the “Rojava Civil War”

What Future Awaits ISIS in Iraq?

In mid-January, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Davis announced that ISIS militants were surrounded by superior forces and, therefore, demoralized. As if to confirm this statement, the Iraqi TV station Al Sumaria recently reported that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi allegedly pronounced a “farewell speech” before leaving his poistion. In it, he advised his supporters to admit … Continue reading What Future Awaits ISIS in Iraq?

Kurdish Fighters take positions at the top of Mount Annan overlooking the Tishrin dam, after they captured from ISIS militants, south of Kobani, Syria December 27, 2015. (Photo: Rodi Said)

Syria’s Water Cut Off by Turkey Following McCain, Erdogan Meeting

While some measure of stability has returned to pockets of northern Syria following the Syrian Army’s recent liberation of al-Qaeda from Aleppo and elsewhere, external forces seem determined to keep the region volatile, regardless of the cost. In the latest example of aggressive foreign intervention in Syria, Turkey, which has long played an antagonistic role … Continue reading Syria’s Water Cut Off by Turkey Following McCain, Erdogan Meeting

Macedonian flag in front of the government building in Skopje, Macedonia (File) © AP Photo/ Boris Grdanoski

It’s Time to Trust Russia, Not Trump, on Macedonia

Despite the high hopes placed on his administration, Trump has so far done nothing to move away from Obama's Hybrid War on Macedonia, thus lending further credence to Russia's warning that foreign powers are plotting to annihilate the country's statehood. The Republic of Macedonia is once again mired in a political crisis, the country's third in as many … Continue reading It’s Time to Trust Russia, Not Trump, on Macedonia

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Military Intervention. Towards the Division of Northern Syria?

On February 23, the Turkish Army and a coalition of pro-Turkish militant groups known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) seized control of the key Syrian town of al-Bab. Al-Bab is located in the northern part of the Aleppo Province [about 36km northeast of Aleppo,  about 26km south of border with Turkey], and had been … Continue reading Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Military Intervention. Towards the Division of Northern Syria?

The aftermath from an aerial bombing in Yemen in this file photo. (Photo: Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)

Unprecedented Number of US Drone and Air Strikes Hit Yemen

In an unprecedented intensification of America’s counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, the US has confirmed it carried out 20 strikes across three central provinces. The strikes, which were carried out in the early morning, targeted fighters from the regional arm of al Qaeda, known as AQAP, their equipment and infrastructure, in the Yemeni provinces of Abyan, … Continue reading Unprecedented Number of US Drone and Air Strikes Hit Yemen