CH-53E Super Stallion during a Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command night raid exercise April, 2016. (By U.S. Marine Corps)
29 Apr 2016

US Marines Arrive in Northern Raqqa, Lavrov Says “Big Mistake”

Next Cold War Roundup 4/29/16 150 Marines arrived in Raqqa governate via Qamishli and 100 more are expected soon. The Russian envoy to the UN announced that the Syrian coalition is planning an offensive on Raqqa. The US blames Syria for the hospital bombing in Aleppo and the Russian ministry of

Army and Marine troops in a training exercise in Djibouti, March 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
26 Apr 2016

More Ground Troops to Syria, Warships to Libya, Pentagon Denies Mission Creep

Next Cold War Roundup 4/26/16 Rebels and al Qaeda continue to use “hell bombs” on the government-held part of Aleppo where anger and frustration is building. Syrian coalition seems prepared for a major offensive on Aleppo but it has not begun yet.  More US ground troop “advisors” will be sent

Sec. Kerry Meets With Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud in Riyadh. April, 2016 (by State Dept)
22 Apr 2016

Obama Meddling in Brexit, Saudis Want Out of Oil Price War Against Russia

Next Cold War Roundup 4/22/16 Pres. Obama traveled to Germany, Saudi Arabia and the UK.  In the UK he urged Britons not to Brexit. The Saudi visit revolved around keeping the Saudis in line to maintain the oil price war and other war planning in the Middle East region. Russian

Sec. of Defense Ash Carter with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman, April 2016 (DoD)
20 Apr 2016

Carter War Planning With Saudi and Gulf Defense Ministers, Obama Mending Fences

Next Cold War Roundup 4/20/16 It’s war season in the Middle East. Syrian opposition “rebels” declared a new war on the Syrian government and sources claim they will pull out of the Geneva peace talks.  Sec. Defense Carter and Pres. Obama are in Saudi Arabia meeting with military leaders of

Golan Heights (By Beivushtang, Wikipedia)
18 Apr 2016

Assad Wants Golan on Negotiating Table, Netanyahu Says Never

Next Cold War Roundup 4/18/16 Syrian president Assad wants the return of the Golan Heights to be an item on the Geneva negotiating table and Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu said Israel will never return the Golan and the world should recognize it as sovereign territory of Israel.  Saudis threaten to

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anastasia Stuart interprets and translates between U.S Air Force Airmen and Ukrainian soldiers. (USAF)
15 Apr 2016

Fighting All Along the Frontlines in Ukraine, New Boss Same As The Old Boss

Next Cold War Roundup 4/15/16 There is fighting all along the frontlines in Donetsk, more use of snipers and drones by Ukraine military and intelligence, and the new prime minister’s government doesn’t look like it will be much different than the last.  Russian fighter jets buzzed the USS Donald Cook

Free Syrian Army using Chinese FN-6 MANPADS in 2013.
13 Apr 2016

Aleppo Offensive Imminent, CIA Threatens More Lethal Weapons and MANPADS to Syrian Rebels

Next Cold War 4/13/16 Russian and Syrian forces are preparing a major offensive in Aleppo. CIA and the Obama administration, through anonymous sources, threatened to move to “Plan B” if ceasefire fails, including more lethal weapons and MANPADS.  Syrian parliamentary elections were held. Saudi King Salman is currently on a

U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb/Released)
11 Apr 2016

B-52 Bombers Deployed to Qatar, EU Friendly Minister May Replace Yatsenyuk in Ukraine

Next Cold War Roundup 4/11/16 B-52 long range bombers have arrived in Qatar, first time since 1991 Gulf War since these long-range bombers have been based in the Middle East.  Syrian peace talks set to resume in Geneva. US and Russia’s interests are converging. Neither wants to be blamed for

Vulture getting ready to strike. (by Dmitri Markine, CC BY 3.0)
07 Apr 2016

#PanamaPapers Clear the Way for Technocratic Government in Ukraine, Let the Economic Reform Begin

Next Cold War Roundup 4/7/16 Ukraine president Poroshenko may have been the primary target of the #PanamaPapers.  Pentagon announces it may open more new US bases i Iraq or reopen old ones. US Pacific Commander wants to get more aggressive with China as the White House told officers to tone

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Sec. of Defense Ash Carter, Gen. Joseph Votel and Gen. Raymond Thomas. March, 2016. (DoD)
06 Apr 2016

21 Generals in Iraq, Syrian Ceasefire Crumbling, Libyan Tripoli Government Cedes Power

Next Cold War Roundup 4/6/16 Fighting in Syria between rebels who were covered by the ceasefire agreement who have joined with al Qaeda and the Syrian coalition continues into this week, straining ceasefire agreement to the point where many think it is over. Peace talks are set to resume next