You Can’t Fight a War Without a Scorecard

Okay, folks, you won’t be able to know who’s who in this Syrian War without a program! So, without further ado, enjoy! First off, there’s several different factions over there and not all of them willingly get along. Syria has: Shi’ite Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Syrian Orthodox Christians, a small number of Catholics, Kurds, Alawite Muslims, … Continue reading You Can’t Fight a War Without a Scorecard

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A Turkish Air Force F-4 fighter jet flies over a minaret after it took off from Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, August 12, 2015. © REUTERS/ Murad Sezer

Is Pentagon’s Air Base in Syrian Kobani an Alternative for Turkey’s Incirlik?

The Pentagon appears to have played it safe and set up a military base in the Kurdish-controlled area of northern Syria as a safeguard in case Turkey prevents the United States from using Incirlik while the operation aimed at pushing Daesh out of Raqqa advances, Professor Celalettin Yavuz told Sputnik Turkey. The military offensive in Raqqa … Continue reading Is Pentagon’s Air Base in Syrian Kobani an Alternative for Turkey’s Incirlik?

Time to “Slow-Down-but-Hurry-Up” in Understanding Turkish Regional Agenda

Moscow is confused, the US is confused – everybody seems to be when it comes to Turkey, who is with whom and what its next move will be. Anything you write about Turkey is old news by the time you get done with it, as they keep moving the goalposts in this game. As Victorian … Continue reading Time to “Slow-Down-but-Hurry-Up” in Understanding Turkish Regional Agenda

Tillerson Goes Public with US Plans for Syria Partition

Washington's new path is bad for the territorial integrity of Middle Eastern states, but it's also bad for the monster known as NATO Visiting Turkey yesterday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said two important things: The fate of Syria's Bashar al-Assad is for the Syrian people to decide After liberation from ISIS Raqqa is to be … Continue reading Tillerson Goes Public with US Plans for Syria Partition

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) ahead of their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, on 10 March 2017 (AFP)

Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan’s Gambit with Putin is Not Paying Off

Turkey’s partnership with Russia in Syria is proving a disappointment leaving Ankara little choice but to accept Russian protection for the Kurds When Turkey reconciled with Russia and offered its regrets for shooting down a jet fighter in November 2015, the move looked like a strategic masterstroke. It cut the US out of the diplomatic … Continue reading Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan’s Gambit with Putin is Not Paying Off

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‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

Moscow has questioned the Western coalition's optimism about soon recapturing Raqqa from Islamic State, saying only international cooperation can help liberate the city. However, it is exactly coordinated partnership on various fronts that is lacking. The "very hard but essential" battle for Raqqa is just days away, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed on … Continue reading ‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

U.S. Increasing Involvement in Syria Yet Again as Regional, World Tensions Flare

Are We Edging Toward Federalization, World War Three In Syria? As tensions continue to rise between Syria, Israel, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia, the United States is also upping the ante in Syria. After mobilizing troops to Manbij and engaging in a series of airstrikes including a questionable report of the U.S. bombing a Mosque in … Continue reading U.S. Increasing Involvement in Syria Yet Again as Regional, World Tensions Flare