Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Sept., 2014 (by DoD)
18 Mar 2016

Erdogan Calls Out Europe ‘Dancing on a Minefield,’ ‘Nursing a Viper’

Next Cold War 3/18/16 The EU is wrangling with Turkey over an agreement to take back migrants and change their laws in exchange for political and financial rewards and calls out EU for their support of terror groups and treatment of migrants. Turkey is under pressure from a number of

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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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Pres. Obama and Sec. of State Kerry at State Dept. Russian Pres. Putin in a TV Address. February, 2016 (Photos by State Dept, Kremlin)
26 Feb 2016

Obama’s Tone Skeptical, Putin’s Optimistic, Kerry’s Threatening on Syria Truce That Begins Today

Next Cold War Roundup 2/26/16 The Cessation of Hostilities in Syria is scheduled to begin today at 5pm Eastern (Feb 27 00:00 Damascus time).  There was a significant contrast between the words and tones of Pres. Obama and Pres. Putin in their delivered messages to their respective countries on the ceasefire

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Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missile (by US Army)
24 Feb 2016

Javelin Missiles on the Syrian Battlefield, CENTCOM and State Deny Provision

Next Cold War Roundup 2/24/16 Javelin Missiles Show Up on Battlefield in Syria _ Just as a cessation of hostilities agreement is being implemented, Javelin anti-tank guided missiles are showing up on the battlefield in Syria, in the hands of YPG Kurds in Shaddadi, in the Hasakah region.  Many US-backed

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon at Munich Security Conference, February, 2016 (Photos by Munich Sec Conf)
22 Feb 2016

Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel Agitate For More American Involvement

Next Cold War 2/22/16 Saber Rattling Saudi FM Tells Der Spiegel Saudis Want Syrian Rebels MANPADs. _ “In an interview, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir expresses his continued support for regime change in Syria and his desire for rebels to be supplied with anti-aircraft missiles that could shift the balance

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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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Sec Def Ash Carter and Fareed Zakaria at Davos, 2016 (DoD)
27 Jan 2016

Syria Peace Talks Delayed by Opposition Groups, Carter Announces More US Troops

Next Cold War Roundup 1/27/16 Syrian Peace Talks Delayed. Opposition Groups Still Undecided on Attendance. _ Syrian “opposition” has three main categories: Sunni groups organized by Saudi Arabia into something called the “High Negotiation Committee” (HNC), Syrian Kurds (YPG) and Syrian political groups. The HNC contains some jihadist groups that

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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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"Dozens of mourning people captured during civil service in remembrance of November 2015 Paris attacks victims. Wesern Europe, France, Paris, November 15, 2015" by Mstyslav Chernov - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
01 Dec 2015

Who Is Buying ISIS Oil?

Putin claims Turkey’s attack on a plane in Syria was retaliation for bombing ISIS oil destined for Turkey. But how is ISIS selling oil in the first place?

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