... detrimental to early supporters because it led to an increase in foreign boots on the ground: the 2015 JCPOA agreement allowed Russia to increase presence in Syria and send forces to Khmeimim, and Western presence increased in the campaign to terminate ... ... next phase
Today, ISIS is gone. They have lost all of their territorial strongholds, and the ability to call themselves an “Islamic State.” According to Dr. Kepel, this is the end of Phase Three, the “aufhebung” phase. They have lost their territory,...
... from the federal government in the amount of 2.5 thousand dollars. ($7.5 billion in total).
The adoption of the law by Congress is questionable, but it could be supported by both Republicans and Democrats.
Kh Khalid Farooq:
Pakistan Will Appreciate Russia Playing a More Active Role in the Region
One of the most popular members of Congress Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
expressed her opinion
about the Iraqi campaign relating to the use of American armed forces abroad: “all of Congress was wrong ...
Pragmatic partnership between the two states is characterized by de-ideologization and independence from the global conjuncture and previous trends
Transformational processes in the Arab world in the beginning of the 2010s led Russia and Turkey to an understanding of the need to form new foreign policy approaches towards the Middle East. This article seeks to identify the impact of the approaches Russia and Turkey have taken on this issue on relations between Moscow and Ankara....
... subsequent Western sanctions against it interfered with the Russia-Iraq weapons relationship. Then, after the US-led coalition’s overthrow of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq got most of its weapons from the United States.
Ambassador of Iraq to Russia: the War against Islamic State in Iraq is Won
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has been trying to gradually rebuild its ties with Iraq on numerous levels. Moscow sees Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary elections as an opportunity to breathe new life into relations to ...
... circumvents established financial structures and operates using irregular means that for now remain largely undetected. Few terrorist groups will resist the temptation to employ this new method of unregulated financial transaction.
The Islamic State in Afghanistan: a Real Threat to the Region?
How can Russian and US intelligence and security services cooperate in combating terrorism? In December 2017, media reported that CIA had helped its Russian counterpart foil a terror attack in St. Petersburg. What should be done to deepen and broaden such kind ...
... conflicts’ spreading to neighboring states. Of course, this danger persists. Nevertheless, about one million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon. This is between 20% and 25% of Lebanon’s population. This is about the same if 50 million Ukrainians came to Russia. However, thank God, there is no new war in Lebanon, the situation remains the same there. The conflict is not spreading.
They will come to terms: a positive scenario for the Middle East
The Lessons of Islamic State
There is an absolutely opposite, positive scenario. What is happening now in the Middle East is similar to the Thirty Years' War. The Thirty Years' War will be over, the people of the Middle East will understand how bad it is to kill each ...
... U.S. military
a Syrian aircraft that was purportedly threatening U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Force militias, which Washington says were fighting the Islamic State. For its part, Damascus
that its fighter jet was likewise attacking Islamic State forces.
The latter incident led Russian Ministry of Defense to
that it would suspend the de-escalation discussions with the U.S. and that any Coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River would be tracked and "considered air targets.” By contrast, the U.S. chief ...
... have their theories as to what happened. There is, however, a serious threat to be found elsewhere. In the absence of multilateral agreements, it is quite possible that diverse and unexpected forces could resort to acts of provocation in order to set Russia and the United States against each other. This happened more than once in the past, especially as the two countries were nearing mutually acceptable compromises. It is equally possible that provocations will be staged by Islamic State terrorists, who are not only leaving their positions in Raqqa now under pressure from the SDF advancing from the south, but are also being drawn out of a number of important population centres in the north, thus clearing the way for a confrontation ...
... have fallen victim to terrorist attacks. The threat is fueled by the crisis of statehood and conflicts in the Islamic world, as well as an unprecedented refugee crisis in Europe. The fight against terrorism has always been an important area of NATO-Russia partnership. Moscow is one of the most active security providers in countering terrorism, as well as one of the most attractive targets for extremists of every shade and hue. Russia’s support has played a significant role in ISAF operations in ...
The central issue of Wednesday's meetings in Moscow was whether Russia would give in. An immediate change of policy was obviously not on the cards since it is not in Putin's nature to make sudden concessions under pressure. But will he gradually and incrementally pull the rug from under the Syrian president?