Turkish Armed Forces shelling YPG Kurds west of Jarablus. August, 2016 (by Euphrates Shield via Twitter)
30 Aug 2016

Turkish-Russian Roadmap for Syria; US Partners Clash; All Corners of Pentagon React

Analysts describe deals struck by Turkey and Russia, and by Turkey and Iran, that could be game changers in Syria, and more in our foreign policy roundup.

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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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F-18 approaching refueling hose, Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal. August, 2016. (By Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg, DoD
23 Aug 2016

Shifting Alliances And More Fronts Mean Higher Risk, Complexity In Syrian War

Next Cold War Roundup 8/23/16 The war in Syria has heated up on several fronts. The battle for Aleppo continues and the Syrian coalition is massing a bigger force. Fighting in northeastern Hasakah province threatens to escalate the war and the risk of conflict between Syria, Russia, Turkey and the

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Pro-Assad demonstration in Latakia, 2011 (By Sammy via wikimedia CC VY 3.0)
19 Aug 2016

Turkey Aligns With Russia and Iran; Syria Bombed Kurds, Nearly Hit US Commandos

Next Cold War Roundup 8/19/16 On the fifth anniversary of the US government declaring that Assad must go, the battle for Aleppo rages and major political and military realignments are in the works. Syria bombed Kurdish security forces (Ayaysh), with US commandos nearby. The US scrambled fighter jets, warned Syria, and

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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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Istanbul airport after failed military coup. Photo by Eser Karadağ on Flickr.
18 Jul 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 8: Coups Don’t Bring Democracy

Roqayah and Kumars talk to Mehmet Yuksel of Turkey’s People’s Democratic Party, which strongly opposed both Erdoğan’s policies and the military coup.

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USS Harry S. Truman conducts flight operations in Eastern Mediterranean for first time since 2003 (by Bobby J Siens/USNavy)
08 Jun 2016

First US Fighter Jets in Eastern Mediterranean Since 2003; Largest Ever NATO Exercise in Poland

US Navy fighters are bombing ISIS in Syria via the USS Truman, which has moved to the Mediterranean.

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US Sec. State Kerry and Russian foreign minister Lavrov in Vienna, May, 2016. (by Dept. of State)
17 May 2016

Progress On Official Ceasefire In Syria; Trump Tells British Leaders Not To Be Poodles

When asked about UK involvement in Iraq, Trump said, “I don’t see it as war crimes. I just think [Blair] goes down as somebody who did a terrible job.”

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Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, in November 2001. (By Hamid Mir CC BY-SA 3.0)
10 May 2016

Al Qaeda Leaders Call for Jihad and Emirate, Syrian Coalition Alliance Weakens

The fighting in Syria continues. The US and Russia continue to work on cessation of hostilities. Al Qaeda calls for unity jihad and an emirate in Syria.

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Golan Heights (left, by R. Ertov, wikimedia). Shavit launch vehicle believed to be derivative of the Jericho missile (right, by טל ענבר wikimedia)
06 May 2016

Golan Cowboys And That Time Israel Prepared To Nuke Syria And Egypt

AP and the New York Times published a colorful report of the cowboys of the Golan Heights and their intent to stay on this land.

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