Next Cold War Roundup 1/15/16 Saudi King May Abdicate to Son, Prince Reckless _ An report from 13 Jan. Institute For Gulf Affairs article says “Saudi King Salman Al-Saud plans to abdicate his throne and install his son Mohammed as king, multiple highly-placed sources told the Institute for Gulf Affairs.”
Next Cold War Roundup 1/13/16 _ Turkey’s president Erdogan is under massive pressure. In the week leading up to yesterday’s Istanbul suicide bombing, a wave of media reports on Erdogan’s brutality against Kurds, lack of allies and destabilization he was causing was in motion. A Google News search reveals a
Next Cold War Roundup 1/6/16 ISIS, Syrian rebels and Stinger MANPAD Missiles _ SkyNews claims to have received video from “Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters who took it from a captured Isis trainer in Turkey” shows ISIS modifying inoperable Stinger missiles from old Iraqi army stockpiles, replacing thermal batteries, a process
Next Cold War Roundup 1/8/16 Libya _ Thank goodness someone reads email news dumps slipped in on holidays. In this case it was the excellent investigative journalist, Brad Hoff. The New Year’s Eve release of Hillary Clinton emails now show that she was “getting personally briefed on the battlefield crimes”
Next Cold War 1/4/16 The R4+1 alliance of Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Hezbollah, plus other militias, national defense forces and various other allies have been making progress in almost every direction. The map above shows the significant territorial gains in the past month. The Syria peace negotiations continue and
Next Cold War Roundup 12/30/15 Ramadi, Iraq _ More details are coming out about how Ramadi was reclaimed by Iraqi forces and US coalition. The reports coming from the US and the reports coming from Iraqi government sources are very different. _ More than one source reports that ISIS mainly
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
Next Cold War Roundup 12-9-15 M/W/F 10ish Eastern. Syria Talks _ Continuation of Vienna talks on Syria will be held in New York on Dec. 18 _ There’s a jihadi meet-up in Riyadh this week. Al Qaeda is not technically attending but some of their partners are. The Kurds, according to this article, are not
Iraqi Govt Issued Ultimatum for Turkish Troops to Leave Mosul, Russian Air Force in Vicinity. Next Cold War Roundup.
Next Cold War Roundup: Iraq’s Prime Minister says he doesn’t want Western troops, but it looks like he’ll be getting them soon anyway.