IDLIB: Where Sectarian Wars, Proxy Wars and International Cooperation Collide

The battle for Idlib will likely be the most fraught of all remaining fights to liberate Syria. Ankara has announced that as part of its rights and obligations, in line with the most recent Astana agreement, Turkey will be sending further troops into Syria’s fraught Idlib Governorate. According to Ankara, Turkish troops in Idlib will work …

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Who Killed Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov in Syria?

The Russian air force arrived in Syria two years ago this week to save President Bashar al-Assad and his army. They succeeded. The Syrian army held out, albeit at the cost of (then) 56,000 of its soldiers. “We’re not going to have another Afghanistan here,” the Russians told everyone they met in Damascus. But of course, soon they would …

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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan stations, during a port visit in Hong Kong, China October 2, 2017 © Bobby Yip / Reuters

US Warship Approaches Korean Peninsula for Drills with South Korea

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier along with a guided-missile cruiser and a nuclear-powered submarine are on their way to the Korean Peninsula to prepare for a potential war with North Korea, while Pyongyang reportedly plans new missiles tests. As of Friday afternoon, the USS Ronald Reagan, with nearly 80 aircraft on board, was in …

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Security Force Assistance Brigades: US Creates New Foreign Policy Tool

The United States spends billions of dollars every year on military aid to foreign governments around the world to increase American influence. The US Army is creating permanent units dedicated to advising foreign forces. The Army personnel are more often engaged in training and building local security forces rather than doing the fighting for them. The …

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Kurdish Referendum Roils the Mideast

One week after Kurdish leader Masud Barzani held his referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq (with both the referendum and independence being contrary to the Iraqi constitution), the blowback has been fierce, angry and almost universal. What may have been conceived as a clever ploy by Masud’s eldest son, Masrour, to bolster the Barzani family’s …

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The New World Order Manifesto

As we have control of everything in the world: economics, agriculture, production, transportation, media, education, governments, alimentation, health-care, technology, water, land, sea, air, space, legal system (national and international) and we have reached a certain pinnacle of technology. It has become necessary to take steps to ensure our survival in this realm; this means we …

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7Up Gets a New Ingredient in Mexico—Meth

Seven people have been sickened so far, and one person died. 7Up—the lemon-lime soda sometimes thought to be named for its original seven main ingredients—now has a troubling eighth ingredient in Mexico: methamphetamine. Health professionals in Arizona are warning travelers to the Mexicali area to be aware of possibly contaminated sodas there. The warning comes …

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