Lt. Gen. Townsend visits Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq. Sept., 2016. (by USMC Capt. Alvis)
18 Oct 2016

Iraqi Coalition Advances on Mosul; Putin Says US-Russia Relations Sacrificed for Political Campaigns

Iraqi, Kurdish and American forces are advancing on Mosul from various directions, and more in our global news round-up.

B-2A bomber drops JTA test version of B61 nuclear weapon over Tonopah Test Range in Nevada in 2011.(by NNSA, Dept of Energy)
14 Oct 2016

Mosul Battle Imminent; ISIS Safe Passage to Syria; US-Russia Brink or No Brink?

US warships fired missiles at Houthi targets in Yemen. A test drop of mock nuclear weapons was done in Nevada in early October, and more from around the world.

White Helmets members celebrate with armed al Nusra (al Qaeda) jihadists in Syria (Still shot from video)
04 Oct 2016

ISIS Disappears From Mosul on Battle’s Eve; White Helmets Exposed

ISIS has reportedly disappeared from the streets of Mosul; an exposé of the “White Helmets” in Syria has rattled the War Party establishment, and more in our round-up.

Free Syrian Army using Chinese FN-6 MANPADS in 2013.
30 Sep 2016

US Won’t Let Aleppo Fall; MANPADS to Syrian Rebels; War Pressure & Propaganda

Next Cold War Roundup 9/30/16 War of Words Continues to Escalate, Kerry Threatens to Cut All Ties With Russia _ In response to Samantha Power’s “barbarism” accusation, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova said the US is trying to distract from their attack on Syrian troops in Deir Ezzor, and then

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”