Afghan National Army Military Police in Parwan province, Afghanistan. January, 2017. Army photo by Bob Harrison
10 Feb 2017

“Mr. Cheese” Somali President; More Troops & Afghanistan Stalemate; Take Raqqa Quickly; Ukraine Rebel Assassination

Somalia’s new president “Mr. Cheese,” is a Somali-American technocrat. The situation in Afghanistan is at a “stalemate,” generals want more troops. Isolation operation on Raqqa is nearly complete with an imperative to take it quickly. Another rebel commander assassinated in Ukraine. And more in our global war news roundup…  

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Still from "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," film by Ana Lily Amirpour.
11 Aug 2016

Bringing The Horror Film Industry To The Middle East

In the wake of the Arab Spring, there has never been a better time for Middle Easterners to indulge in horror as an art form and means of social commentary.

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11 Feb 2016

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Claim ‘It’s Over’ After Aleppo Losses

The worsening defeat of “moderate” rebels in Syria may boost prospects for peace talks, but it won’t solve the root causes of conflict in the Middle East.

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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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10 Dec 2015

US Planning New Military Bases In Middle East, Asia, And Africa

After sowing chaos for a decade, the Obama administration is expanding the military’s imperial footprint throughout Africa, Asia & more of the Middle East.

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US Soldiers Baghdad 2007 by Sean A Foley (Wikimedia, public domain)
30 Nov 2015

The Long War and the Coalition of the Willing

The pressure is on to assemble a large number of ground troops for the US coalition to deploy in Syria and restart large scale Long War in the Middle East.

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27 Oct 2015

U.S.-Backed Coalition Bombs Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen

For the second time this month, U.S.-backed forces bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital after they’d reported their GPS coordinates to the military.

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20 Oct 2015

Israel Receives $3.1B In US Aid While The Middle East’s Poor Struggle To Survive

Israelis earn an average per capita income of $34,990, almost 19 times more than Syrians take home each year, yet continues to receive billions in US aid.

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18 Oct 2015

Podcast: Intercept Reporter Ryan Devereaux on ‘The Drone Papers’ & Afghanistan War

A whistleblower within the United States intelligence community provided secret military documents to The Intercept, which reveal key details about worldwide assassination operations, including drone strikes. “The Drone Papers,” published by The Intercept on October 15, showed how the U.S. military has designated unidentified men as “Enemies Killed in Action”

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17 Oct 2015

Third Intifada Or Zionist Jihad: Israel Escalates Tensions With Execution Style Force

Netanyahu has no strategy for addressing Palestinian grievances short of more force and more blood spilled from Israelis and Palestinians alike.

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