Daily Archive: July 6, 2018

Eagle-Meets-Bear and the Syria Tug-of-War

Ahead of the Eagle-meets-Bear Trump-Putin summit on July 16 in Helsinki, Syria-centered spin has gone into overdrive. Unknown sources have leaked what is billed as President Trump’s alleged Syria deal discussed with Jordan’s King Abdullah. Trump would “allow” Damascus, supported by Russian air power, to regain its territory along the borders of Jordan, Israel and Iraq. In return, President Putin and...

The Battle in Southern Syria Is Coming to an End: Has Israel Bowed to Russia’s Demands?

After only two weeks since the beginning of the military operation, jihadists and militants in most of eastern rural Daraa in south Syria have either surrendered or were overwhelmed, the over 70 villages they occupied were liberated by the Syrian Army. Meanwhile, Israel has reduced its requests or conditions pronounced in the last two weeks: from launching threats against the...

Moldova’s “Deep State” Is Exploiting the UN to Undermine Peace in Transnistria

The UN General Assembly recently demanded the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria. The non-legally binding decree was passed with a simple majority and intended to send a political message to both Russia and Moldovan President Dodon. The first-mentioned has had its troops deployed in the contested region for more than two decades per an international agreement with the official...