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

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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

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State Department Spokesman John Kirby. Photo: Screenshot from press conference
26 Apr 2016

Obama Sends More Troops To Syria As Spokesman Memoryholes Pledge

The “no boots on the ground” pledge has clearly been violated, but if you believe State Department Spokesman John Kirby, the pledge itself was never made.

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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

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World Trade Center smoking on 9/11. Photo by Michael Foran [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
14 Apr 2016

US Plans To Give More Weapons To Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels In Syria

The CIA has drawn up plans to provide more-powerful weapons to the so-called moderate Syrian rebels if the current truce in Syria collapses.

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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

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The flag of the Knights of Justice Brigade; an anti-government, Free Syrian Army group active in the Syrian Civil War By MrPenguin20 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
29 Mar 2016

Does The US Have An Actual Plan In Syria, Iraq, Or Yemen?

The literal DC turf war in Syria continues to rage between the CIA and the Department of Defense.

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Still image from Hillary Clinton's Iraq war speech on the Senate floor in October 2002.
22 Mar 2016

New US Base In Iraq Drawing Fire From All Sides

The US built its first base in northern Iraq since 2014, and in the process united ISIS and Iranian-backed Shiite militias in a common cause.

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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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