By the Grace of Israel – The Barzani Clan and Kurdish “Independence”

The Kurdish region in Iraq held a "referendum" about splitting off from Iraq to form an independent state. The referendum was highly irregular and the outcome was assured. That such a referendum was held now had more to do with the beleaguered situation of the illegitimate regional president Barzani than with a genuine opportunity to …

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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis © Omar Sobhani / Reuters

Black Hawk Down II? Trump Backs Afghanistan Parody as Mattis Takes Fire

Don’t laugh or adjust your sets. Donald Trump really is going ahead with a new military campaign in Afghanistan, despite an army of experts telling him it will only worsen matters. All he needs now is a Hollywood scriptwriter and Alec Baldwin. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is apparently living up to his namesake. Arriving in …

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Why Invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan May Result in Collapse of Mid-East

The Iraqi Kurdish issue should be solved only through diplomatic means, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin told Sputnik. According to Eskin, one should take into account both the political and economic interests of regional and global players in the region, as well as the unstoppable Kurdish enthusiasm to gain independence. In case Middle Eastern powers …

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Russia’s Stand-Off Capability: The 800 Pound Gorilla in Syria

Size does matter and so does range and speed whenever anyone talks about weapons. It seems that there is a great deal of confusion which perpetuates itself in regards to a relatively small Russian military contingent in Syria. The most popular indicator of this confusion is a never ending discussion of a possible American attack …

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Why the Kurds Remain Vulnerable

The overwhelming vote for Kurdish independence in the referendum in northern Iraq is re-energising Kurdish nationalism and the demand for a separate Kurdish state. “Bye bye, Iraq! Bye bye, Iraq!”, chanted demonstrators in Irbil, capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), as they danced in the streets after the polls closed. The impact of the referendum is …

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Raqqa in Ruins: Brutal Fight Against IS Leaves City Destroyed

As the Islamic State (IS) group is slowly but surely routed from its former Syrian "capital" in Raqqa, the last stand looks to be the most vicious, with civilians being used as human shields, and mines circling the city. Reduced to its last few positions in Raqqa, from where IS once planned major attacks against …

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Israel Covers Up Role in Myanmar Crimes Against Rohingya

Israel is attempting to bury information about its arms sales to the military regime in Myanmar, which the UN accuses of a “brutal” campaign against the country’s Muslim Rohingya population, amounting to a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled their homes as the military and Buddhist mobs burn their …

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