Category Syria

Book Review: The Dragons And The Snakes, By David Kilcullen

Excerpts: The snakes have learned to adapt their warfare and their systems to put the West on the back foot. Add to this the rapid development of the internet, wi-fi, mobile phones and social media, and you have warfare in which a small mortar team with a smartphone can use GPS to give their location […]

Turkish Military Shoots Down 2 Syrian Jets, Crew Parachuted To Safety

Turkish military shoots down 2 Syrian jets, crew parachuted to safety 1 Mar, 2020 13:41 / Updated 54 minutes ago Get short URL FILE PHOTO A Syrian Su-24 jet near Damascus, Syria. January 2018. © Abdulmonam Eassa / AFP 406 Follow RT on Turkey has shot down two Syrian warplanes in Idlib as part of its […]

Russians Pressure U.S. Forces In Northeast Syria

Excerpts: American officials had predicted these potentially dangerous standoffs with the Russians and their Syrian allies would escalate. In an interview last November, soon after the Turkish incursion, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the military’s Central Command, said that protecting the oil fields might ultimately draw a larger challenge from Syrian Army troops […]

U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General In Syria – State Dept – The Moscow Times

U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General in Syria – State Dept – The Moscow Times The Moscow Times · by The Moscow Times · January 24, 2020 U.S. forces intercepted an unidentified Russian major general in northern Syria during deconfliction operations, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy for Syrian engagement and the anti-Islamic State coalition said Thursday. James Jeffrey’s remarks follow news […]

Russia Takes Over Third U.S. Base In Syria – The Moscow Times

From the Moscow Times. Russia Takes Over Third U.S. Base in Syria – The Moscow Times The Moscow Times · by The Moscow Times · December 26, 2019 Russian military police have taken over another base that was recently abandoned by the United States in northern Syria, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday. U.S. troops reportedly held the former […]

U.S. Forces Kill Two Jihadis In Syria Using ‘Ninja’ Missile Airstrike

U.S. Forces Kill Two Jihadis In Syria Using ‘Ninja’ Missile Airstrike Daily Mail · by Luke Kenton For Dailymail.com · December 3, 2019 US forces reportedly conducted an airstrike on a minivan in a north-western Syrian city on Tuesday, killing two targets just 10 miles away from where former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a […]

Russia Obtains Israel’s New Interceptor Missile In Syria, Reports Say

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/06/russia-obtains-israels-new-interceptor-missile-in-syria-reports-say-a68061[cid:image001.png@01D59F0C.0B009870]<https://www.themoscowtimes.com/> Russia Obtains Israel’s New Interceptor Missile in Syria, Reports Say Nov. 6, 2019 [cid:image002.jpg@01D59F0C.0B009870] United States Missile Defense Agency The Russian military has allegedly obtained Israel’s new interceptor missile that Syria captured on its soil last year, Israeli news outlets reported Wednesday. Israel launched two of its intermediate ballistic missile interceptors called David’s Sling […]

The Iran Cables: Secret Documents Show How Tehran Wields Power In Iraq

The Iran Cables: Secret Documents Show How Tehran Wields Power in Iraq – The New York Times nytimes.com · by Tim Arango · November 18, 2019 In mid-October, with unrest swirling in Baghdad, a familiar visitor slipped quietly into the Iraqi capital. The city had been under siege for weeks, as protesters marched in the streets, demanding an […]

ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi May Have Had U.S. Hostage Executed, Witness Says

ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi May Have Had U.S. Hostage Executed, Witness Says The New York Times · by Adam Goldman · November 12, 2019 The Islamic State had long claimed that the hostage, Kayla Mueller, was killed in a Jordanian airstrike. Kayla Mueller was abducted a day after crossing into Syria in 2013.Credit…Jo. L. Keener/The Daily Courier, via Associated […]

The World’s Worst Game Of Risk Is Playing Out In Syria

Excerpts: So the U.S. retains enough of a presence to influence events somewhat, particularly by providing air cover to its local Kurdish-led partners against ISIS (although not, importantly, against America’s NATO ally Turkey, whose proxies continue to battle the Kurds in some areas despite the cease-fires). As a combatant in Syria’s civil war, the U.S. […]