Taking extreme measures to fight Islamic influences in Xinjiang province could hurt the One Road, One Belt initiative When the hype surrounding the Trump-Xi summit turns into a Mar-a-Lago fact on the ground next month, both presidents are bound to agree fully on at least one issue: “radical Islamic terror” – as per Trump terminology. Donald Trump has … Continue reading Could Great Wall of Iron become New Silk Roadblock?
Israel has played an increasingly provocative role in the destructive conflict unfolding within and along Syria’s borders since 2011. To many observers, it appears Israeli policy borders between opportunistic and unilateral aggression. In reality, Israel’s role in the Syrian conflict fits a much larger and long-term pattern with Anglo-American plans not only for Syria but … Continue reading Israel: America’s Mad Dog in Syria
As the ISIS terrorist group is collapsing in Syria and Iraq, the competition among powers involved in the conflict increases. In March, Moscow and Astana become the main centers of the diplomatic activity with top leaders from Israel, Turkey, the UK and other powers discussing the issues confronting the Middle East. Ongoing events aim to … Continue reading Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East
The Syrian people, who have demonstrated remarkable courage and perseverance in the face of formidable challenges that would have crushed a lesser people, are forced to observe yet another bloodstained milestone they neither want nor deserve. Six long years ago, Syria was caught up in the 'Arab Spring,' a Middle East maelstrom that tossed this … Continue reading Looking Back: Six Years of American Hell-Raising in Syria
The battle against IS is a war no one will win. Here's the real battle we should be worrying about - and fighting All eyes are on the battle for Mosul. Will the coalition defeat the Islamic State (IS) or not? In the end, it won't matter. If we have learned anything from the last … Continue reading After Mosul: The Coming Break-Up of Iraq and the End of the Middle East
The recent expansion of US military forces in Syria follows a predictable, singular agenda targeting this nation for decades – and more specifically – during the most recent and ongoing conflict which began in 2011 amid the US-engineered “Arab Spring.” The UK Independent in its article, “US marines sent to Syria to help assault on … Continue reading US Expands Defacto Syrian Invasion
It’s been reported that Washington is planning a meeting on the struggle against ISIS, including representatives of at least 68 countries in late March. As it’s been reported by Reuters, with special reference to an unnamed source in the Trump administration, Russia is not going to be invited. It is expected that the meeting will be … Continue reading Why Washington Rushes in to Fight ISIS Without Russia?
During the last week significant moves in Syria have taken place east of Aleppo. But the situation there will likely soon calm down. The next intense phase of the war may well be a Syrian army attack on al-Qaeda's position in Idlib governate in the north-west of the country. One objective of the Syrian Arab … Continue reading Syria – Preparing for the Big Move on Idlib
Writing about upcoming battles, making predictions is a dangerous thing. Saddam and his “mother of all battles” is a case in point. However, the complex situation in Northern Syria in the 2nd week of March, 2017 has all the earmarks of a wartime comedy farce. The battle for Raqqah against whoever is there claiming to … Continue reading High Comedy and the Fall of Raqqah