Turkish Armed Forces shelling YPG Kurds west of Jarablus. August, 2016 (by Euphrates Shield via Twitter)
30 Aug 2016

Turkish-Russian Roadmap for Syria; US Partners Clash; All Corners of Pentagon React

Analysts describe deals struck by Turkey and Russia, and by Turkey and Iran, that could be game changers in Syria, and more in our foreign policy roundup.

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

F-18 approaching refueling hose, Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal. August, 2016. (By Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg, DoD
23 Aug 2016

Shifting Alliances And More Fronts Mean Higher Risk, Complexity In Syrian War

Next Cold War Roundup 8/23/16 The war in Syria has heated up on several fronts. The battle for Aleppo continues and the Syrian coalition is massing a bigger force. Fighting in northeastern Hasakah province threatens to escalate the war and the risk of conflict between Syria, Russia, Turkey and the

Pro-Assad demonstration in Latakia, 2011 (By Sammy via wikimedia CC VY 3.0)
19 Aug 2016

Turkey Aligns With Russia and Iran; Syria Bombed Kurds, Nearly Hit US Commandos

Next Cold War Roundup 8/19/16 On the fifth anniversary of the US government declaring that Assad must go, the battle for Aleppo rages and major political and military realignments are in the works. Syria bombed Kurdish security forces (Ayaysh), with US commandos nearby. The US scrambled fighter jets, warned Syria, and

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.

Russian President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan in St. Petersburg. August, 2016 (by Kremlin, CC4.0)
12 Aug 2016

Turkey’s Detente With Russia; Dispute Over Thwarted Terror Attack on Crimea

Next Cold War Roundup 8/12/16 Turkish Pres. Erdogan and Russian Pres. Putin held a summit in Russia, and continue discussions about Syria, where a large gap between their positions remain. US special forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to stabilize the situation in Manbij, and outgoing commander MacFarland

CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA (via Wikimedia)
09 Aug 2016

Morell: US Should Kill Iranians and Russians in Syria; Trump Was Recruited by Putin

Former CIA director and Clinton supporter Michael Morell lays out plans to escalate tensions with Iran and Russia, and more in our news round-up.

05 Aug 2016

Syrian War Reaches Critical Point For All Parties

Syrian opposition forces assembled an army of rebel fighters from different fronts and launched an offensive they call the “Great Battle of Aleppo.”

AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. June, 2016. (US Navy)
02 Aug 2016

Bombing Mission in Libya; Coup Plotters Called JCS Dunford; Incirlik Protests

Next Cold War Roundup 8/2/16 A new US airstrike mission was launched in Sirte, Libya. President Obama authorized a 30-day mission and the Pentagon spokesman said the mission had “no end date.” JCS chair Gen. Dunford traveled to Turkey for meetings. Tales of the Turkish coup attempt and its aftermath

U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell and U.S. Army Col. Johnny K. Davis, during a Retirement Review for Campbell. Arlington, Va. April, 2016 (U.S. Army)
29 Jul 2016

Who Was Behind the Turkish Coup Attempt? Pentagon Rejects Cooperation Proposal For Syria

Next Cold War Roundup 7/29/16 Since there is still no definitive answer to the question of who was behind the Turkish coup attempt, we collect some of the theories and explanations from various camps and experts now that some time has passed and many have been offered. A Pentagon press