US Air Force F15E prior to strike operations in Syria (by USAF)
15 Feb 2016

Mini World War in Aleppo Region of Syria, Race for Raqqa

Next Cold War Roundup 2-15-16 The Munich Security Conference, which turned into a summit for negotiations and discussions on the broadening and escalating Syrian war, concluded with an agreement to work on cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid for beseiged areas — an agreement that few have confidence will change

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Sec. State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at ISSG Meetings in Munich. Feb. 11, 2016 (by Dept of State)
12 Feb 2016

ISSG Negotiating Cessation of Hostilities, Saudi & British Troops Near Syrian Border

Next Cold War Roundup 2/12/16. The Syrian war continues to become more complicated and escalates. The International Syria Support Group in Munich agreed to form a task force with dual goals of cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid to besieged towns.  At the same time NATO defense ministers are meeting

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at Lancaster House in London, Feb., 2016 (by Dept. of State)
10 Feb 2016

John Kerry Says Syrian Rebels To Be ‘Decimated In Months’

Next Cold War Roundup 2/10/16. Kerry Rebukes Syrian Civil Society Activists at Cocktail Reception Hosted by Prince Charles During Syrian Donors Conference in London. _ Over the weekend, Middle East Eye reported about a sideline conversation between John Kerry and some “aid workers” at a cocktail party reception hosted by

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Turkish air force F-16s With US air force Stratotanker, 2009 (by Dept of Defense)
05 Feb 2016

Turkish Military Buildup on Syria Border

  Next Cold War Roundup, 2/5/16. Turkey Preparing for Invasion of Syria? _ Russian defense ministry says developments on Turkish-Syrian border “give serious grounds to believe Turkey is preparing to invade Syria.  Russian officials have been doing a ground inspection of Turkish military activities in one zone in coordination with

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Map SITREP northwest Syria. Encircling Aleppo. Siege lifted in Zahraa and Nubbol. Feb. 3, 2016(by Peto Lucem)
03 Feb 2016

Syria Cuts Rebel Supply Lines to Aleppo, Breaks Siege

Next Cold War Roundup 2/3/16 Geneva 3 peace talks are faltering. Both parties admit they never fully began. The Syrian army and coalition advance in northwest Syria intensifies.  The map above shows the encircling of the critical city of Aleppo. Two Shiite enclaves besieged for 3+ years by the opposition were freed which

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Secretary of State John Kerry Admires Lake Geneva, French Alps. January, 2014. (Photo by Dept of State)
01 Feb 2016

Saudi-Backed Opposition Sends Rebel Leader Designated as Terrorist To Geneva

Next Cold War Roundup 2/1/16 Syrian Peace Talks After delays and controversies, the Geneva 3 Syrian peace talks are proceeding, despite many experts’ doubts that they would ever get started or produce any useful results.  The Saudi-backed High Negotiating Committee arrived in Geneva after receiving some assurances from the US

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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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Damaged apartment building in Eastern Ukraine. "Lysychansk 16"
20 Jan 2016

Ukraine Compromise and Russian Sanctions Deal in the Making?

Next Cold War Roundup 1/20/16 Immediately After Iran Sanctions Lifted, a Flurry of Diplomacy on Ukraine, Russia, EU, Turkey, China, and Last Minute Prep for Syria Peace Talks _ There are a lot of closed door meetings happening on Ukraine with some heavy hitters in Ukraine, US, Russia, Germany, France.  This

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Switzerland, March 2015 (Dept of State)
18 Jan 2016

Battles in Idlib and Aleppo May Trump Peace Talks in Syria

Next Cold War Roundup 1/18/16 Iran Sanctions Lifted, Prisoners Swapped, US Treasury Slapped New Ballistic Program Sanctions "We’ve achieved this historic progress through diplomacy, without resorting to another war in the Middle East." —@POTUS #IranDeal — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2016   _ #JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) criteria were

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