China Should Indeed Keep an Eye on Indian-South Korean Security Cooperation
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China Should Indeed Keep an Eye on Indian-South Korean Security Cooperation

The Chinese Communist Party-backed “Global Times” was absolutely correct in publishing an analysis last month warning that “China Should Remain Alert To Indian-South Korean Security Cooperation” because New Delhi is attempting to leverage its newfound military ties with Seoul for zero-sum grand strategic purposes as part of its unofficial US-encouraged policy of “containing” the People’s…

Syria – Trump Gives a Green Light for Another Turkish Invasion
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Syria – Trump Gives a Green Light for Another Turkish Invasion

On October 7, U.S. President Donald Trump has a little surprise for the Kurds in Syria: Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved…

Syria Between the Ottoman Hammer and the Israeli Anvil
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Syria Between the Ottoman Hammer and the Israeli Anvil

Syria, uncomfortably and vulnerably, finds itself sandwiched between the Ottoman hammer to the North and the Israeli anvil to the South. Both power houses are, hostile, expansionist and occupy Syrian territory. When one thinks of a ‘safe zone’ along the Syrian-Turkish border on the Syrian side, one is reminded of the American-Mexican border. Both borders…

Death Toll in Iraq Soars as Pro-Iran Gunmen ‘Shooting Protesters’
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Death Toll in Iraq Soars as Pro-Iran Gunmen ‘Shooting Protesters’

Iraqi paramilitary groups close to Iran are suspected of joining attacks on protesters in Baghdad and other cities, leading to heavy loss of life among demonstrators. Some 107 people have been killed and over 6,000 wounded in the last six days, though hospital doctors say the government is understating the true number of fatalities. “The…

Counting the Dead Through the Fog of War in Afghanistan
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Counting the Dead Through the Fog of War in Afghanistan

During one week in late September, U.S.-led forces killed at least 70 civilians in two incidents in Afghanistan. A U.S. drone strike on September 19th killed at least 30 farmers harvesting pine nuts in Nangarhar province. Then on September 23rd, at least 40 civilians, including women and children, were reported killed in a combined U.S.-Afghan attack on a village in Taliban-controlled…