Israeli Air Force flight for Israel's 63rd Independence Day, 2011. (By IDF, CC BY 2.0)
13 Sep 2016

Rebels Reject Deal; Syrian Forces Claim Shootdown of Israeli Plane Bombing Golan

Next Cold War Roundup 9/13/16 US and Russia reached a deal on Syria for a ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and later military cooperation and a roadmap for political transition. The Syrian government accepted the deal while the major opposition rebel groups rejected it, issuing some demands to secure their agreement. The

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Turkish Armed Forces shelling YPG Kurds west of Jarablus. August, 2016 (by Euphrates Shield via Twitter)
30 Aug 2016

Turkish-Russian Roadmap for Syria; US Partners Clash; All Corners of Pentagon React

Analysts describe deals struck by Turkey and Russia, and by Turkey and Iran, that could be game changers in Syria, and more in our foreign policy roundup.

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Vice President Joe Biden in Ankara with Turkish President Erdogan. August, 2016 (by Turkish govt. via Twitter)
26 Aug 2016

Turkey Invades Syria, Kurds Pull Back, Biden Goes to Turkey

Next Cold War Roundup 8/26/16 Operation Euphrates Shield, a battle to take the town of Jarablus from ISIS included Turkish and American military, Turkish-backed Syrian opposition rebels, and the operation may have changed everything in the Syrian war. VP Joe Biden went to Turkey with copious praise and denials on

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, May 17, 2016 (by Dept. of State)
24 May 2016

Lavrov: US And Russia Will Coordinate Anti-Terrorism Efforts, Raqqa Operation Begins

Coordinated terrorist bombings in Syria killed more than 150 civilians and significantly disturbed the situation in the country, and more in our round-up.

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CH-53 lands at DAO during the evacuation of Saigon, 1975 (by DoD)
20 May 2016

US And Russia Compete For Dominance Of Vietnam Base Strategic To South China Sea

The US and Russia are competing for dominance of a base in Vietnam, which is strategic to the South China Sea and could determine the outcome of the crisis.

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US Sec. State Kerry and Russian foreign minister Lavrov in Vienna, May, 2016. (by Dept. of State)
17 May 2016

Progress On Official Ceasefire In Syria; Trump Tells British Leaders Not To Be Poodles

When asked about UK involvement in Iraq, Trump said, “I don’t see it as war crimes. I just think [Blair] goes down as somebody who did a terrible job.”

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Golan Heights (left, by R. Ertov, wikimedia). Shavit launch vehicle believed to be derivative of the Jericho missile (right, by טל ענבר wikimedia)
06 May 2016

Golan Cowboys And That Time Israel Prepared To Nuke Syria And Egypt

AP and the New York Times published a colorful report of the cowboys of the Golan Heights and their intent to stay on this land.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Geneva. May 2, 2016. (State Dept./ Public Domain)
03 May 2016

Syrian Rebel Attacks Aleppo Schools, Hospitals; Saudi Minister Decries Assad’s Crimes Against Humanity

Massive fighting, shelling, bombs and airstrikes in Aleppo escalated sharply in the past few days. Western media reporting on it has been severely skewed.

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U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb/Released)
11 Apr 2016

B-52 Bombers Deployed to Qatar, EU Friendly Minister May Replace Yatsenyuk in Ukraine

Next Cold War Roundup 4/11/16 B-52 long range bombers have arrived in Qatar, first time since 1991 Gulf War since these long-range bombers have been based in the Middle East.  Syrian peace talks set to resume in Geneva. US and Russia’s interests are converging. Neither wants to be blamed for

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Russian President Putin with Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu. March, 2016. (by Kremlin via CC 4.0)
16 Mar 2016

Russian Semi-Withdrawal, US and Allies Prepare New Anti-Assad Offensive

Next Cold War Roundup 3/16/16 Geneva talks are on. Russia does a surprise semi-withdrawal from Syria, leaving a well equipped Syrian coalition but increasing pressure on Assad to compromise. The US brings to the table a weakened position on the ground but a threat of a Turkish invasion and the

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