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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UN Human Rights Council, 21 Oct 2016 (UN Photos)
21 Oct 2016

Rebels Shell Civilians in Aleppo to Prevent Escape; UN Begins War Crimes Inquiry

Civilians are used as human shields by jihadists in both Aleppo and Mosul, and more in our global news round-up.

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B-2A bomber drops JTA test version of B61 nuclear weapon over Tonopah Test Range in Nevada in 2011.(by NNSA, Dept of Energy)
14 Oct 2016

Mosul Battle Imminent; ISIS Safe Passage to Syria; US-Russia Brink or No Brink?

US warships fired missiles at Houthi targets in Yemen. A test drop of mock nuclear weapons was done in Nevada in early October, and more from around the world.

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US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power and Henry Kissinger as she received Kissinger Prize. June, 2016 (by US Mission to UN)
27 Sep 2016

Samantha Power’s Rhetoric Endangers Peace Talks; Nusra Interview Claims US & Israeli Support

Samantha Power and others accused Russia of barbarism and war crimes before walking out of the emergency UN meeting they convened, and more in our round-up.

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US Sec. State John Kerry and Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at UN Security Council Meeting on Sep. 21 (by Dept. of State)
21 Sep 2016

Spartacus on Deir Ez-Zor Express; Kerry Demands NFZ; Predator Drone Near Convoy

Next Cold War Roundup 9/21/16 The White House blames Russia for attacks on a humanitarian aid convoy. Russia denies and says a US predator drone was flying in the area at the time of the attack. Kerry called for a no-fly zone. Three “Spartacus” countries stepped up to say they

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US special forces in al-Rai, Syria (via Twitter)
16 Sep 2016

US-Backed FSA Threatens Slaughter of US Commandos; American Flag Flying in Border Town

US special forces deployed to work with Turkish forces in Operation Euphrates Shield were threatened by US-backed Free Syrian Army forces, and more in our round-up.

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Israeli Air Force flight for Israel's 63rd Independence Day, 2011. (By IDF, CC BY 2.0)
13 Sep 2016

Rebels Reject Deal; Syrian Forces Claim Shootdown of Israeli Plane Bombing Golan

Next Cold War Roundup 9/13/16 US and Russia reached a deal on Syria for a ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and later military cooperation and a roadmap for political transition. The Syrian government accepted the deal while the major opposition rebel groups rejected it, issuing some demands to secure their agreement. The

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Lt. Gen. Townsend, and Col. Nugen observe a HIMARS artillery rocket strike in Iraq. Sep., 2016 (by Capt. Alvis, USMC
09 Sep 2016

US HIMARS Rocket Strikes in Syria From Turkey; Carter’s Oxford Speech Pressures Russia

The US has deployed HIMARS rocket artillery and troops in Turkey near the Syrian border and, in the last week, has launched rocket attacks into northern Syria.

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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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Afghan National Army, 2014. (by DoD)
02 Sep 2016

900 Afghan Forces Killed in July. Putin Talks About Deal With US.

Next Cold War Roundup 9/2/16 Russian President Vladimir Putin said there may be a deal with the US on Syria in the near future and a Russian official said the deal must be reached while President Barack Obama is in office. Putin also confirmed that Russia and Turkey are aligning their

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