Secretary of State John Kerry Admires Lake Geneva, French Alps. January, 2014. (Photo by Dept of State)
01 Feb 2016

Saudi-Backed Opposition Sends Rebel Leader Designated as Terrorist To Geneva

Next Cold War Roundup 2/1/16 Syrian Peace Talks After delays and controversies, the Geneva 3 Syrian peace talks are proceeding, despite many experts’ doubts that they would ever get started or produce any useful results.  The Saudi-backed High Negotiating Committee arrived in Geneva after receiving some assurances from the US

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Syrian Kurdish fighters. People's Protection Units/YPG in 2015
29 Jan 2016

War Escalation on Syria-Turkey Border

Next Cold War Roundup 1/29 Turkey Threatens to Enter War on Syrian Border. _ The Times in UK claims that Russia is working on a deal to create a Kurdish “enclave” and the Times frames this as a Russia provoking Turkey: “Kremlin provokes Akara with deal to secure Kurd enclave“:

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Turkey Pres. Erdogan in Washington in May, 2013 with VP and Dr. Biden, Sec State Kerry (DoD)
13 Jan 2016

Heat on Erdogan for Attacks on Kurds and Support of Extremists

Next Cold War Roundup 1/13/16 _ Turkey’s president Erdogan is under massive pressure.  In the week leading up to yesterday’s Istanbul suicide bombing,  a wave of media reports on Erdogan’s brutality against Kurds, lack of allies and destabilization he was causing was in motion. A Google News search reveals a

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"Vienna Battle 1683." Vienna besieged by Ottoman Empire for two months. (by Frans Geffels Licensed under Public Domain via Commons)
11 Jan 2016

Misinformation Causes Confusion About Madaya And Other Besieged Syrian Civilians

Next Cold War Roundup 1/11/16 Misinformation from Media and Activists Caused Confusion About the Status of Starving Population Under Siege in Syria _ There is no doubt that siege is used as a weapon by all belligerents in the Syrian war — the Syrian government, the opposition fighters, Al Qaeda and

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Qalat Najm Castle on Right Bank of Euphrates and Waters of Tishrin Dam
28 Dec 2015

Forces Backed by America and Russia Make Progress Against ISIS

Next Cold War Roundup 12/28/15   Kurds and New Syrian Democratic Forces Coalition Seize Tishrin Dam, Cross Erdogan’s Red Line (The Euphrates River), Poised to Cut ISIS Supply Lines _ The US-backed coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces, have seized the strategic Tishrin dam on the Euphrates  river, south of Kobane.  The

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A tattered image of an ISIS flag affixed to a stone wall. (Flickr / 3aref 6ari2o)
22 Dec 2015

Report: 60 Percent Of Syrian Rebels Are Sympathetic To ISIS

So much for the “moderate rebels:” a new report finds ISIS represents the mainstream of the Syrian rebels groups trying to overthrow the Assad government.

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"North face south tower after plane strike 9-11" by Robert on Flickr - →This file has been extracted from another file: UA Flight 175 hits WTC south tower 9-11 edit.jpeg.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:North_face_south_tower_after_plane_strike_9-11.jpg#/media/File:North_face_south_tower_after_plane_strike_9-11.jpg
15 Dec 2015

Are The US And Al Qaeda Friends Again?

In 2014, Vice President Joe Biden made headlines when he admitted in a speech at Harvard University that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and United Arab Emirates were supplying the money and weapons to Al Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups in Syria that led to the rise of ISIS. “The

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