Tower of Qal'at Ja'bar, a castle on the left bank of Lake Assad in Ar-Raqqah Governorate (by Hovalp CC BY-SA 3.0)
04 Jun 2016

Syrian Army Enters Raqqah Province, Kurdish Forces Cross Erdogan’s Red Line

Next Cold War Roundup 6/4/16 The Syrian army coalition advanced into the province of Raqqah while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces crossed the Euphrates toward Manbij. Intense fighting continues in northwest Syria’s Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Middle East peace talks commence in Paris but neither Israeli nor Palestinian leaders attend.

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Italian navy rescues survivors of capsized boat enroute from Libya to Italy (by Italian Navy, Marina Militare)
31 May 2016

880 Dead Off Coast of Libya; NATO Accused Of War Crime For Regime Change

Next Cold War Roundup 5/31/16 880 migrants and refugees were lost when boats carrying them from Libya to Italy capsized or wrecked, as the Italian navy attempted rescues. UK Prime Minister David Cameron says Libya is a “threat to us all.”  Libya’s new appointed government won’t allow EU ships close

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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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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, May 17, 2016 (by Dept. of State)
24 May 2016

Lavrov: US And Russia Will Coordinate Anti-Terrorism Efforts, Raqqa Operation Begins

Coordinated terrorist bombings in Syria killed more than 150 civilians and significantly disturbed the situation in the country, and more in our round-up.

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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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US Sec. State Kerry and Russian foreign minister Lavrov in Vienna, May, 2016. (by Dept. of State)
17 May 2016

Progress On Official Ceasefire In Syria; Trump Tells British Leaders Not To Be Poodles

When asked about UK involvement in Iraq, Trump said, “I don’t see it as war crimes. I just think [Blair] goes down as somebody who did a terrible job.”

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Sirte, Libya in 2013 (By Saifuddin Shahin Creative Commons)
13 May 2016

Rival Libyan Armies Prepare for Sirte Battle, Pentagon Reveals US Troop Deployment

The Obama administration revealed that US special operations forces have been deployed in Libyan “outposts” for months along with other western forces.

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Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, in November 2001. (By Hamid Mir CC BY-SA 3.0)
10 May 2016

Al Qaeda Leaders Call for Jihad and Emirate, Syrian Coalition Alliance Weakens

The fighting in Syria continues. The US and Russia continue to work on cessation of hostilities. Al Qaeda calls for unity jihad and an emirate in Syria.

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Golan Heights (left, by R. Ertov, wikimedia). Shavit launch vehicle believed to be derivative of the Jericho missile (right, by טל ענבר wikimedia)
06 May 2016

Golan Cowboys And That Time Israel Prepared To Nuke Syria And Egypt

AP and the New York Times published a colorful report of the cowboys of the Golan Heights and their intent to stay on this land.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Geneva. May 2, 2016. (State Dept./ Public Domain)
03 May 2016

Syrian Rebel Attacks Aleppo Schools, Hospitals; Saudi Minister Decries Assad’s Crimes Against Humanity

Massive fighting, shelling, bombs and airstrikes in Aleppo escalated sharply in the past few days. Western media reporting on it has been severely skewed.

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