12 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 13: CrowdStrike’s Russian Hacking Claims Feat. Jeffrey Carr

Cybersecurity expert Jeffrey Carr discusses Crowdstrike’s controversial claims on successfully identifying Russia as the actor that hacked the DNC.

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Afghan National Army Military Police in Parwan province, Afghanistan. January, 2017. Army photo by Bob Harrison
10 Feb 2017

“Mr. Cheese” Somali President; More Troops & Afghanistan Stalemate; Take Raqqa Quickly; Ukraine Rebel Assassination

Somalia’s new president “Mr. Cheese,” is a Somali-American technocrat. The situation in Afghanistan is at a “stalemate,” generals want more troops. Isolation operation on Raqqa is nearly complete with an imperative to take it quickly. Another rebel commander assassinated in Ukraine. And more in our global war news roundup…  

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PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV via EEAS on Flickr.
06 Feb 2017

Kiev Violates Minsk Agreement Causing Fighting To Resume In Ukraine

Without U.S. and E.U. support, Kiev is going to have a difficult time maintaining an offensive.

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Avdiivka Coke Plant in Donetsk, Ukraine. 2012. (By MOs810)
03 Feb 2017

Ukraine’s “Creeping Offensive”; Houthi Missile Attack; Trump Threatens Iran, Sends USS Cole; Oil Goes Up

Ukraine’s “creeping offensive” brought flare ups on front lines. Houthi missile hit Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen. Saudis claimed suicide boats, like the AQ attack on USS Cole. Trump blamed Iran, sent Cole to Aden. And more in our global news roundup…   SOUTHCOM Venezuela: Maduro Empowers His Vice President _ Venezuelan

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Maronite Church in Aleppo, 2009. (by Charles Roffey)
28 Dec 2016

Mass Graves Found in Aleppo; Mosul Pause; Retaliation for Alleged Russian Hacks

Syrian coalition forces found evidence of mass executions and torture and stockpiles of weapons and supplies, and more in our global news round-up.

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Aleppo City Military Map as of Dec. 4, 2016 (by Southfront)
05 Dec 2016

US Sidelined on Syria Solution; EU Offers Cash for Concessions; Rebels Refuse to Surrender

US, Britain and France try to force ceasefire in East Aleppo, 60% of which has been recaptured, and more in our global news round-up.

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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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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 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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