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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U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb/Released)
11 Apr 2016

B-52 Bombers Deployed to Qatar, EU Friendly Minister May Replace Yatsenyuk in Ukraine

Next Cold War Roundup 4/11/16 B-52 long range bombers have arrived in Qatar, first time since 1991 Gulf War since these long-range bombers have been based in the Middle East.  Syrian peace talks set to resume in Geneva. US and Russia’s interests are converging. Neither wants to be blamed for

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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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An image of CBU-105 cluster bomb. (YouTube)
17 Mar 2016

US Role In War Crimes In Yemen Getting Harder To Hide

The Obama Admin. continues facing criticism for supporting Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen and refusing to pull that support as evidence of war crimes emerges.

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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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Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missile (by US Army)
24 Feb 2016

Javelin Missiles on the Syrian Battlefield, CENTCOM and State Deny Provision

Next Cold War Roundup 2/24/16 Javelin Missiles Show Up on Battlefield in Syria _ Just as a cessation of hostilities agreement is being implemented, Javelin anti-tank guided missiles are showing up on the battlefield in Syria, in the hands of YPG Kurds in Shaddadi, in the Hasakah region.  Many US-backed

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Russian air force airdrops humanitarian aid in Deir Ez-Zour (photo by Russian Ministry of Defense)
19 Feb 2016

United States, Russia, Agencies Coordinate Syria Humanitarian Aid

Next Cold War 2/19/16 Last week’s deal by the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) in which they agreed to work to expedite aid to besieged areas of Syria and work on a cessation of hostilities succeeded in getting more aid trucks and an arrangement for airdrops but the group struggles

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An image of CBU-105 cluster bomb. (YouTube)
15 Feb 2016

US Shrugs Off Yet Another Report of Cluster Bombs Launched By Saudis In Yemen

The U.S. government refuses to take responsibility for the repeated use of banned cluster bombs by its ally in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia.

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File: Two children peer through a window in a Yemeni home in this November 21, 2013 photograph. (Flickr / Rod Waddington)
29 Jan 2016

Media Silent As US-Backed Saudi Forces Starve Half Million Yemeni Children

The United Nations warned that 8,000 children could suffer from severe malnutrition in 2016. And that’s just in one southern city in Yemen.

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An image of CBU-105 cluster bomb. (YouTube)
28 Jan 2016

Carnage Continues In Yemen With US Weapons

Cluster bombs were banned by international agreement, but Saudi Arabia has invested millions in the CBU-105 from U.S. manufacturer Textron Systems.

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