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The Tussle Over Syria

... security.” Russian analysts, as noted by the journal Sputnik, had by this time observed a “catfight” in Washington between the CIA, the Pentagon, and the State Department over policies towards Syria. While the Pentagon was interested in fighting ISIS, the State Department, together with the CIA, placed the major emphasis on deposing Assad. The reason Putin knew this may have been because one of the key opponents of this State-CIA goal was Obama’s former Director of the Defense Intelligence ...

07.12.2017 18:17:04

Op-Edge: Why is it almost impossible for Kurds to secede from Iraq?

... fighting a major terrorist threat on their mainland, along with Kurds of course. But at the same time the ongoing distraction and chaos in Iraq in the past 4 years, gave the KRG  a better experience in self-rule away from Baghdad. The expansion of ISIS have literally cut Iraq into two halves, an Arabic half, and a Kurdish one. Geographically speaking, this offered the Iraqi Kurds a further momentum of a de-facto independence. Barzani have been watching the continuous and recent defeats of ISIS,...

09.10.2017 15:04:03

Do CIA and BND punish Recep T. Erdogan?

... since sometimes tried to normalize Ankara-Moscow broken relations. For years he opposed Putin’s position on Syria, and he has given up the demand that Syrian dictator Assad must go. On the contrary, he agreed with Russia and Iran, to mutually fight ISIS and Al-Qaeda associate Al-Nusra movement. Furthermore, he pushed deeper to replace NATO military hardware, with Russian and Chinese military technologies. During his visit to Kremlin, he signed a deal to purchase S-400 air and missile defense system....

02.08.2017 15:17:03

The Emerging Trump Doctrine of Strategic Savvy

... used judicious force to accomplish what Obama had failed to do in 2013 despite his own declared red line. So did the dropping of the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast), the largest conventional bomb in the US arsenal, on ISIS fighters in Afghanistan on April 14. Facing what Mattis has called a “clear and present danger” from North Korea, Trump’s team did not put the problem off in the manner of the past three US administrations. He is meeting it head on with an ...

23.06.2017 12:33:36

I Hate Trump, But He Was Right to Strike Assad Regime of Syria

... no-fly zones would have prevented Russia’s subsequent robust entry in the fall of 2015. Now, in the spring of 2017, the situation is quite different: Assad has obliterated many of the rebel strongholds, most notably (and most tragically) Aleppo, and ISIS, too, has been severely weakened, facing its final days in Mosul, Iraq, one of its two last major strongholds, and in the process of being encircled in its other stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, its “capital;” furthermore, not only does Assad’s ...

04.06.2017 22:23:04

ISIS: Turning the Corner or Turning Around?

In these days, as Iraqi forces backed up by the US-led coalition are trying to break the last stand of ISIS resistance in the battle for Mosul, the world will witness the laying of a milestone in the war against the cancerous terrorist state, which broke out across the lands of Iraq and Syria, to rapidly metastasize its cells worldwide. However, as much ...

28.11.2016 00:14:00

Novel attempts to launch sectarian war in Afghanistan

... reserves and miss-using petrol-bucks to lead the said world. Iran supports Alawaits in Syria, Houthis in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon Muqtada Alsader in Iraq Hizb-e-wahdat Islamic and Harakat Islamic in Afghanistan in return Saudi-Arabia holds up IS (ISIS, ISIL), ISK and Wahabistic movements to set up counter-balance for Iran in the region and beyond, both sides via numerous means want to undermine each others’ role in the Muslim world they push even deeper for years Iranian regime suppresses ...

25.11.2016 11:17:00

The beginning of a new chapter of proxy war in Afghanistan

... German forces command Potsdam and Major General Markus Kneip commander of RC North and according to some sources in MAD the military wing of German intelligence a new front is due to be established in northern Afghanistan as IS (formerly known as ISL and ISIS) to launch a warfare in the northern Afghanistan in relation to my recent discussion with Markus Gruebel Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense of Germany he indicated that his information recounts that IS in Afghanistan ...

09.11.2016 15:03:00

Sinister Twilight in the Desert: The Coming End of ‘Wahhabism’ and its Aftermath

... terms of native civilian and US military casualties, not to mention global public perception. The rise of global jihadi terrorist networks, co-created by the United States and its Gulf Arab protégés, has inevitably equated America with ISIS. News-savvy global consumers may even pause to wonder if American products or services purchased may end up funding ISIS and a galaxy of Islamic terror stalwarts. This is bad for US business. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump may therefore be allowed ...

27.09.2016 07:55:00

The Mediapolitics of ISIS: Destruction As Ressentiment

... State. The concert has become yet another step in the new political race of the 21st century: a battle where new methods of making political points complement traditional ways of fighting and propaganda. It would not be an overstatement to say that ISIS redefined what propaganda means today. Ever since the militant group appeared on the world scene, it made itself famous for being a keen adept of social media. Using a number of non-conventional and innovative technologies and not shying away from ...

11.06.2016 18:55:00

Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

... Empire after WWI. At home, his administration (and other officials) failed miserably in addressing Hurricane Katrina as is humbled New Orleans, a great American city, and did nothing to prevent the onset of the greatest global financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression (barely managing to address it in time to prevent a possible total meltdown of the global financial and economic systems). Now, America’s first non-white president, Barack Obama, has encountered a level of obstructionism ...

17.04.2016 14:28:00

Claiming Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Created ISIS Problem Is Absurd; Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why

People claiming that the withdrawal from Iraq of U.S. forces carried out by the Obama Administration from 2010-2011 explains the rise of the terrorist group ISIS have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. A simple look at the timeline, geography, facts, context, and history concerning the withdrawal and the rise of ISIS makes this abundantly clear and provable beyond any reasonable doubt. Ultimately,...

15.01.2016 16:37:00

Russia Reaping What It Sows in Syria: Putin Puts Russia on Path to Peril & Destabilizing Middle East; Downing Russian Plane by Turkey Latest Result

... el-Sisi. The gamble here is that Egypt’s restive population will tolerate an Egypt aligning itself with Shiite-led Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah and that Egypt’s own explosive and volatile domestic security situation with its own people and an ISIS franchise running amok in the Sinai (one which apparently was able to blow up a Russian airliner) will not be major liabilities. Egypt has a large population but is mainly devoid of resources that Russia would find useful. Sure, Russia can increase ...

13.12.2015 16:44:00

The Time to Hesitate is Through

... reacting, by attacking Turkey, which is a NATO member, thus enabling Turkey to invoke Article 5, which would have committed NATO into defending Turkey and, thus, stoking a dangerous and possible WW111 scenario? The civil war in Syria – against Isis, is a complicated affair, of literally of biblical proportions: with many interested countries and tribal clans in the region: all, of whom, are vying for some sort of regional control and, ultimately, the control of the many oilfields. So, what ...

01.12.2015 15:58:00

Terror in Paris: Time to Think, & Sit Down, Shutup to the Ideologues

... Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula—it is important to take a breath. This could very well lead to massive escalation in Syria by France (and maybe Russia, in relation to the airliner attack) and maybe even by others if it turns out ISIS had something to do with it; Yemen could be a focus if the attack involves the al-Qaeda affiliate operating there. Whatever moves are made, it is important to keep a clear head and ask what the likely results are to be of any such escalation, whether ...

21.11.2015 13:33:00

The Flat World and Black Swans

... written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, was published on 17th April, 2007. In his book, he wrote extensively about the risk management methods used by the finance industry and warned about financial crises, subsequently profiting from the late-2000s financial crisis. He also advocated hard for what he calls a "black swan robust" society, meaning a society that can withstand difficult-to-predict events. He also warned of the pseudo-stability in Syria, “Dictatorships that do not appear volatile,...

18.11.2015 15:43:00

How the West Lost the Hearts and Minds of the People, of the People of the Middle East

... other…who hell was Mr. Putin? No one had ever really heard of him. Not even Russian people had really heard too much about him. The country, at that time, was an economic mess, heavily in debt and it was still groping its way out of the ruble crisis of August 1998, which saw people’s bank accounts frozen – to try to stem the run on the banks and the ruble had been devalued. Vladimir Putin set about restoring some faith back into Russia. It was an uphill task. The Russian people ...

06.11.2015 14:14:00

“Shields up – Red Alert!” The Wall’s in Europe are suddenly going back up

... with – from South America and India and to the mightiest of them all…China. However, the West, I suggest, actually needs Russia, far more than Russia needs the West, in many respects. Especially now with the sudden and dramatic rise of ISIS in the Middle East. The sanctions war escalates What was not expected, I suggest, that Russia then carefully and judiciously, as well as selectively hit back and the result is that now Europe’s farmers are suffering heavy losses, which will ...

20.10.2015 20:56:00

Putin’s Reckless Syria Escalation Makes Russia, Russians, Target of Global Jihad (Again)

... Russians feel good about projecting strength as the expense of their main rival 3.) Use this action to rehabilitate and increase Russia’s global power by a.) framing the intervention as Russia taking a responsible and leading role in combating ISIS and preserving state sovereignty/the world order; this in turn can hopefully b.) Relieve pressure/sanctions regarding Russian actions in Ukraine c.) show regional dictators in the Middle East that, unlike the U.S., Russia will not be a fair-weather-friend ...

03.10.2015 12:32:00

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part II: Syria

... Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part I 4.) Dealing with Syria’s Civil War AMMAN — Amidst a sea of Middle Eastern conflicts, the civil war raging in Syria is currently the largest and deadliest. Here, as in other situations, we have a crisis in which we must be careful not to blame Obama too much but must also note the missed opportunities where his substantive leadership could have made a huge difference, though not without some risk involved. So, right from the start, it must be acknowledged ...

03.08.2015 13:05:00


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