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Plans Are Underway to Create Quasi-State in Northern Syria

In his address to the 2017 Munich Security Conference, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu proposed that the US should send its own Special Operations Forces (SOF) to Northern Syria to support the «moderate opposition forces» fighting against the Islamic State (IS). «Two days ago [US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Gen. [Joseph] Dunford … Continue reading Plans Are Underway to Create Quasi-State in Northern Syria

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Will Turkey Get Its Way in Raqqa?

The US administration has tasked the Department of Defense with preparing, by Feb. 28, a comprehensive plan to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. With only eight days left, it's clear we're entering the final phase of preparations for retaking Raqqa, the strategic heart of IS in Syria. Turkey has been involved in many conversations with the US this month. Following the Feb. … Continue reading Will Turkey Get Its Way in Raqqa?

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Continuity of Agenda: Destroying Syria Since 1983

Syria’s current conflict, beginning in 2011, was the culmination of decades of effort by the United States to subvert and overthrow the government in Damascus. From training leaders of opposition fronts years before “spontaneous” protests erupted across Syria, to covertly building a multinational mercenary force to both trigger and leverage violence thereafter, the United States … Continue reading Continuity of Agenda: Destroying Syria Since 1983

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Turkey Fights With and Against Everyone in Syria

The last few days have seen both renewed commitments between Turkey and their allies to fight terrorism in Syria and Turkish troops and rebels clashing with the same forces they should be working with. It’s been a busy week for Turkish President Recep Erdogan. In the past few days, the Turkish leader has both reconfirmed … Continue reading Turkey Fights With and Against Everyone in Syria

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The Games Continue, Turkey Attacks Syrian Army, Protecting ISIS in Al Bab

In the northern Aleppo countryside, the towns of Tell Rifaat, Menagh, Mayer, Tell Jibbin, Ma’arasteh Khan and Hardatnin have joined a reconciliation agreement with the Syrian government after talks with a Russian mediation. Tell Rifaat and Menagh had been controlled by the Kurdish YPG. On February 9, an escalation erupted between Syrian government and Turkish … Continue reading The Games Continue, Turkey Attacks Syrian Army, Protecting ISIS in Al Bab

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How Trump’s Trying to Win Back Turkey

It should be evident to all objective observers by now that “America First” doesn’t equate to international isolationism or peace. Rather, just as the author predicted in his Sputnik analysis on Trump’s foreign policy right after his election, the 45th President is taking a firm stand against Iran and China, and even making overtures to … Continue reading How Trump’s Trying to Win Back Turkey

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Syria: ‘Opposition Groups’ Form Coalition Led by Al-Qaeda

ISIS units have been developing an advance on the al-Sin air base in eastern Qalamoun near the city of Dumayr. The terrorist group launched the offensive last night and seized certain Syrian army checkpoints in the area. But the terrorists failed to reach the air base, according to pro-government sources. The ISIS advance on the … Continue reading Syria: ‘Opposition Groups’ Form Coalition Led by Al-Qaeda

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Syria – “Rebel” Infighting and Turkish Losses Help the Government and Its Allies

On the last days of the Obama administration the U.S. military hit a large Al-Qaeda training camp in Idleb governate in Syria. The camp was known as a training area for European fighters.  B-52 strategic bombers dropped a large amount of bombs on the camp Over 100 people were killed in the attack. The camp's … Continue reading Syria – “Rebel” Infighting and Turkish Losses Help the Government and Its Allies

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“Neo-Marxism” and “The New Middle East”

One of the most curious quirks of recent history is that self-proclaimed followers of the Cold War-era ideology of Marxism are on the upswing two and a half decades after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and interestingly enough, they’re making on-the-ground progress in the Mideast of all places. This may come as a surprise … Continue reading “Neo-Marxism” and “The New Middle East”