US Air Force Colonel and Iraqi Air Force chief of staff at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq. October, 2016. (by US Army Lt. Johnson)
01 Nov 2016

Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul; Rebels Launch Offensive in Aleppo; Turkish Forces on Borders

Next Cold War Roundup 11/1/16: Iraqi forces entered the city of Mosul and are advancing rapidly. Russia continues a halt on airstrikes in Aleppo as rebels led by al Qaeda launched an offensive in Aleppo. Turkey masses forces on borders. Experts warn of open-ended conflict with Russia. US politicians continue

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Sec. Defense Ash Carter with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, Oct. 25, 2016, (DoD photo by AF Tech. Sgt. Brantley)
25 Oct 2016

Carter Botches Iraq-Turkey Mediation on Mosul, Russia Halts Aleppo Airstikes for 7th Day

Next Cold War Roundup 10/25/16 Iraqi coalition advancement on Mosul continues. Sec. Defense Carter intervened between Turkey and Iraq and made matters worse. ISIS militants flee Mosul to Syria. The Economist signals western factions want them to have a safe corridor. The Russian air force monitors and pledges to strike them.

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US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power and Henry Kissinger as she received Kissinger Prize. June, 2016 (by US Mission to UN)
27 Sep 2016

Samantha Power’s Rhetoric Endangers Peace Talks; Nusra Interview Claims US & Israeli Support

Samantha Power and others accused Russia of barbarism and war crimes before walking out of the emergency UN meeting they convened, and more in our round-up.

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Defense Sec. Carter and Marine Gen. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Senate Armed Services Committee September, 2016. (by DoD)
27 Sep 2016

Senator Graham, Secretary Carter, and General Dunford on Military Plans for Raqqa and Assad

US Senator Lindsey Graham pressured Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford for military intervention in Syria.

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US Sec. State John Kerry and Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at UN Security Council Meeting on Sep. 21 (by Dept. of State)
21 Sep 2016

Spartacus on Deir Ez-Zor Express; Kerry Demands NFZ; Predator Drone Near Convoy

Next Cold War Roundup 9/21/16 The White House blames Russia for attacks on a humanitarian aid convoy. Russia denies and says a US predator drone was flying in the area at the time of the attack. Kerry called for a no-fly zone. Three “Spartacus” countries stepped up to say they

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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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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 Tu-22M3 long-range bombers flying a mission from Iranian Hamedan air base. August, 2016 (by Russian Ministry of Defense, CCv4.0)
17 Aug 2016

Controversial Russian Bombing Missions From Iran; Chinese Aid For Syrian Military

Russian strategic bombers arrived at an Iranian air base this week and began flying airstrike missions in Syria from the base, and more in our global news round-up.

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Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, photo taken by tail gunner of Enola Gay (By George Robert Caron, National Archives)
27 May 2016

Nobel Peace Prize Winner At War Longer, Reduced Nukes Less Than Any Other President

President Obama—who has been at war longer and reduced nuclear weapons less than any other president—called for peace and an end to nuclear proliferation.

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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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