Sec. Defense Ash Carter with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, Oct. 25, 2016, (DoD photo by AF Tech. Sgt. Brantley)
25 Oct 2016

Carter Botches Iraq-Turkey Mediation on Mosul, Russia Halts Aleppo Airstikes for 7th Day

Next Cold War Roundup 10/25/16 Iraqi coalition advancement on Mosul continues. Sec. Defense Carter intervened between Turkey and Iraq and made matters worse. ISIS militants flee Mosul to Syria. The Economist signals western factions want them to have a safe corridor. The Russian air force monitors and pledges to strike them.

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G20 Evening Gala. Hangzhou, China. Sept., 2016 (by Pete Souza)
06 Sep 2016

Syrian Forces Surround Eastern Aleppo; CIA-Backed Rebel Shot British Journo

At the G20, Pres. Obama met with Turkish Pres. Erdogan, where he promised to help bring coup plotters to justice, and with Russian Pres. Putin, where they failed to agree on a Syria deal.

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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

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LEFT: Turkish police officer protects pro-coup soldier from crowds. (Source: Independent.co.uk). RIGHT: Fethullah Gulen. (Source: Wikipedia).
18 Aug 2016

Turkey Asks Again For US To Extradite Fethullah Gulen

Given how valuable Turkey is to US interests in the Middle East and how much of a priority Erdogan is making this extradition, one wonders if Gulen will be in PA for long.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Sept., 2014 (by DoD)
18 Mar 2016

Erdogan Calls Out Europe ‘Dancing on a Minefield,’ ‘Nursing a Viper’

Next Cold War 3/18/16 The EU is wrangling with Turkey over an agreement to take back migrants and change their laws in exchange for political and financial rewards and calls out EU for their support of terror groups and treatment of migrants. Turkey is under pressure from a number of

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Russian President Putin with Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu. March, 2016. (by Kremlin via CC 4.0)
16 Mar 2016

Russian Semi-Withdrawal, US and Allies Prepare New Anti-Assad Offensive

Next Cold War Roundup 3/16/16 Geneva talks are on. Russia does a surprise semi-withdrawal from Syria, leaving a well equipped Syrian coalition but increasing pressure on Assad to compromise. The US brings to the table a weakened position on the ground but a threat of a Turkish invasion and the

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