Palmyra’s Re-Liberation and the “Rojava Civil War”

Palmyra was just re-liberated for the second time after a hard-fought battle for this strategic city, while in the same week, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq visited Turkey to plot the “Rojava Civil War”. Each of these events will directly impact on the disjointed efforts that are underway to liberate … Continue reading Palmyra’s Re-Liberation and the “Rojava Civil War”

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Commander of the US Central Command, General Joseph Votel (Photo: US Department of Defense)

Top US General Secretly Visits Syria amid Washington’s Plans to Dispatch More Troops

Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph Votel, has secretly visited the Syrian Arab Republic in order to meet with leaders of US-backed militant groups. The visit was made just two days after it was announced that Washington is going to dispatch more US troops to the Arab country. On Friday, Votel, who … Continue reading Top US General Secretly Visits Syria amid Washington’s Plans to Dispatch More Troops

What’s Really Happening in Syria’s al-Bab?

Following Turkey’s path in the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria is extremely confusing. One cannot even rely on high-level officials’ statements regarding developments on the ground. For instance, Gen. Hulusi Akar, the chief of general staff, is the highest Turkish official in uniform. As he was traveling Feb. 15 with President Recep … Continue reading What’s Really Happening in Syria’s al-Bab?

Has a Multipolar CENTO Sprung Up in the South Eurasian Rimland?

The past couple of years have been marked by dramatic geopolitical changes triggered by the onset of the New Cold War, and while events such as the spree of urban terrorism popularly known as “EuroMaidan” and Russia’s anti-terrorist intervention in Syria are well known, there are other major shifts which have yet to generate considerable … Continue reading Has a Multipolar CENTO Sprung Up in the South Eurasian Rimland?

Political Uncertainty in Post-Daesh Iraq

The political future of Iraq is uncertain because of the intensified domestic splits between its constituent Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish communities which were exacerbated by Daesh over the past couple of years. Post-2003 Iraq has been continually plagued by communal violence, but never before had each of its three communities been so divided from one … Continue reading Political Uncertainty in Post-Daesh Iraq

While ISIS Tied Up with Palmyra, Kurds Advance in Raqqa

Syrian Kurds launched a series of strokes on surroundings of Raqqa and managed to liberate five villages in its vicinity from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. The Reuters news agency reported that the evacuation of militants from the eastern districts of Aleppo has been suspended. Perhaps, for the first time during the last time … Continue reading While ISIS Tied Up with Palmyra, Kurds Advance in Raqqa

Stronghold Al-Bab: Whoever Controls Northern Syria Influences the Entire Middle East

The city of Al-Bab is located in the northern part of the Aleppo Province (about 36km northeast of Aleppo,  about 26km south of border with Turkey), and remains under ISIS control. Its strategic importance increased after Kurdish and SDF forces took Manbij which had served as an important ISIS logistical node for 2.5 years, helping transfer … Continue reading Stronghold Al-Bab: Whoever Controls Northern Syria Influences the Entire Middle East