Archive for Tag Archives: ' Syria'

SYRIAN STEW: TRUMP, RUSSIAN-IRANIAN-TURKISH CONFLICT RESOLUTION EFFORTS, AND THE ISRAELI FACTOR

Russia, Iran, and Turkey have taken the lead in attempting to bring about conflict resolution in Syria through the Astana talks that began in late 2016.  That these three governments are working together is quite remarkable [...]

THE INFLUENCE OF SYRIAN TALKS ON THE SOUTH CAUCASUS

The intra-Syrian talks in Astana on January 23 resulted from active diplomatic efforts by Russia, Turkey and Iran. Currently the three are synchronizing their diplomacy and military operations in the Syrian conflict. Despite the tangled web [...]

Why Turkey has stopped trying to depose Syria’s Assad

Turkey is destined to remain confined to Syria’s northwest region focusing on keeping IS away from its border and Kurds contained, while leaving Assad’s future to negotiations, writes Paul Iddon. Just three days before the Astana [...]

Take Note, Turkey: Russia’s New Su-35S Arrives in Syria

Russia has deployed at least four advanced Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E aircraft to Syria, beefing up its air superiority capabilities in the war-torn region. The move follows protests from Turkey that a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback bomber [...]

THE HISTORICAL IMPLICATIONS OF DEFINING SOVEREIGNTY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This blessed advance will not stop until we hit the last nail in the coffin of the Sykes–Picot conspiracy” – Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, July 2014 The violence occurring in the Middle East is [...]

Dithering on Syria

Obama wanted a legacy of withdrawal. Instead, he’ll leave a legacy of continuing war. Paul J. Saunders When President Barack Obama acknowledged in September 2014 that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat the Islamic [...]

Saudi Arabia Must Find Cure for ‘Wahhabi Virus,’ Says Iraqi Lawmaker

Most important factor in the war on ISIS is theological, says Mowaffak al Rubaie, a former National Security Advisor of Iraq BY ASHISH KUMAR SEN “The onus is on the Saudi royal family to deprive the [...]

Turkey Shot Down a Russian Jet. Here’s Why it Matters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet on Nov. 24 “a stab in the back” carried out by the accomplices of terrorists. He warned of the incident would have serious consequences [...]

Shutting the Door on Migrants the ‘Worst Solution’

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy says Europe, United States must welcome Syrians fleeing war BY ASHISH KUMAR SEN Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies are a “clear and expressed and explicit threat on the European values,” Bernard-Henri Lévy, [...]

Iran’s Syria involvement goes beyond mere military consultation

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 28 By Umid Niayesh – Trend: Iran seems to be far more involved in the situation in Syria than just a military advisory capacity, Paul J. Sullivan, a US expert on security issues [...]