Sec Def Ash Carter and Fareed Zakaria at Davos, 2016 (DoD)
27 Jan 2016

Syria Peace Talks Delayed by Opposition Groups, Carter Announces More US Troops

Next Cold War Roundup 1/27/16 Syrian Peace Talks Delayed. Opposition Groups Still Undecided on Attendance. _ Syrian “opposition” has three main categories: Sunni groups organized by Saudi Arabia into something called the “High Negotiation Committee” (HNC), Syrian Kurds (YPG) and Syrian political groups. The HNC contains some jihadist groups that

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12 Jan 2016

Saudi Imprisoned for Fourteen Years at Guantanamo is Released

A Saudi captive imprisoned at Guantanamo for fourteen years, Muhammed Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shamrani, was released into the custody of Saudi Arabian government for “rehabilitation.” He was cleared for release by a Periodic Review Board in September of last year. Shamrani was captured by the United States military when he was 26

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"Vienna Battle 1683." Vienna besieged by Ottoman Empire for two months. (by Frans Geffels Licensed under Public Domain via Commons)
11 Jan 2016

Misinformation Causes Confusion About Madaya And Other Besieged Syrian Civilians

Next Cold War Roundup 1/11/16 Misinformation from Media and Activists Caused Confusion About the Status of Starving Population Under Siege in Syria _ There is no doubt that siege is used as a weapon by all belligerents in the Syrian war — the Syrian government, the opposition fighters, Al Qaeda and

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Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA (by Mariordo Camila Ferreira & Mario Duran Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons)
07 Jan 2016

US Approved Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia Three Days Before Executions

Just before the executions, the Pentagon announced a series of approved multi-million dollar weapons contracts US companies had completed with Saudi Arabia.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Libyan National Security Adviser Mutassim Gaddafi in 2009 (StateDept)
06 Jan 2016

Emails Show Hillary Clinton Briefed On Crimes Of Libyan Rebels

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”

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"North face south tower after plane strike 9-11" by Robert on Flickr - →This file has been extracted from another file: UA Flight 175 hits WTC south tower 9-11 edit.jpeg.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:North_face_south_tower_after_plane_strike_9-11.jpg#/media/File:North_face_south_tower_after_plane_strike_9-11.jpg
15 Dec 2015

Are The US And Al Qaeda Friends Again?

In 2014, Vice President Joe Biden made headlines when he admitted in a speech at Harvard University that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and United Arab Emirates were supplying the money and weapons to Al Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups in Syria that led to the rise of ISIS. “The

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President Obama and First Lady with Saudi King Salman and Saudi Royal Family Members Jan 2015
09 Dec 2015

Germany Calls Out Saudi Arabia for Fostering Extremism

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

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04 Dec 2015

US Coalition Grows, Russia Opens Two New Bases in Syria

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.

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19 Nov 2015

US-Saudi Relationship Discredits US Fight Against ISIS

Despite Saudi Arabia’s support for ISIS and repeated human rights abuses in Yemen, the U.S. approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to the Saudis this week.

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27 Oct 2015

U.S.-Backed Coalition Bombs Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen

For the second time this month, U.S.-backed forces bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital after they’d reported their GPS coordinates to the military.

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