Why Jihadism Won’t Be Allowed to Die

A serious working hypothesis is being discussed for a while now among independent geopolitical analysts. Here it is, in a nutshell. Daesh may be dying – but the world is still encumbered with its walking corpse. Plan B of Daesh’s masters may have been to indoctrinate repeated waves of misguided youth across the EU and “seduce” them into D.I. Y. jihadi terror, …

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Talking Tough to Pakistan Is Not a New Strategy

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama wanted Islamabad to be more assertive against terrorist groups too. While there are a lot of missing pages in President Donald Trump’s new policy on Afghanistan (how many U.S. troops will be deployed; how much will this all cost; what conditions does he expect the Afghan government to …

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‘Dramatic Humanitarian Crisis’: UN Chief Visits Gaza, Urges Israel to End Decade-Long Blockade

The UN Secretary-General has called on Israel to end its 10-year blockade of Gaza, calling it one of the worst humanitarian crises he’d ever seen. Speaking from Gaza Wednesday, Antonio Guterres says he hasn’t seen a humanitarian crisis like the one in Gaza for years. “Yesterday I was in Ramallah. Today I am in Gaza, …

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China Says It Will Never Allow War or Chaos on Its Doorstep as Tensions Escalate on Korean Peninsula

Beijing has said it will not allow war or chaos on the Korean Peninsula, as two US B-1B bombers conducted a new flight in the area, joined by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets in a show of force amid mounting tensions. The statement was made by defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang at a monthly news briefing …

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The Last of the Mad Pirates?

There is clear evidence of a world increasingly steeped in conflict and violence: The degradation of U.S.-Russian relations, territorial tensions in the South China Sea, the hostile rhetoric between North Korea and the United States, an escalation of the border conflict between China and India, growing tension between Israel and Iran, and the continuing wars in …

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Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria – Overview

In accordance with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic signed in Damascus on August 26, 2015, a Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) air group has been stationed in Syria since September 30, 2015. VKS forces currently use one main airbase at Hmeimim, 25km south of Latakia, and two support airbases, Shairat …

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