Syria (SCF) – Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview that the United States is welcome to join the battle against «terrorists» in Syria — as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country’s sovereignty. He believes Read More
Turkey (GPA) – The last few days have seen both renewed commitments between Turkey and their allies to fight terrorism in Syria and Turkish troops and rebels clashing with the same forces they should be working with. It’s been a busy Read More
United States/Iran (SCF) – A conflict may start accidentally even if nobody wants it as the tensions are getting higher. President Donald Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran since taking office, warning Tehran that it was playing with fire and Read More
United States (GPA) – President Donald Trump took phone calls over the weekend from two key US allies to discuss the future of his administration’s Middle East policy. Trump took calls from two of the major terror exporters this weekend, King Read More
Kazakhstan (GPA) – Peace talks began this week in Kazakhstan’s capital that will likely decide the fate of war-torn Syria. The United States won’t be attending. The talks have been organized mainly by Russia, Turkey, and to a lesser extent Iran. Iran Read More
Turkey (SCF) – Among the major geopolitical challenges of 2017 that could seriously alter the balance of power in the international arena, particular attention should be given to the developing situation in Turkey. The final weeks of 2016 showed increasing cooperation Read More
Syria (GPA) – The Islamic State released video of militants detonating bombs inside a crucial Hayyan gas facility over the weekend, effectively leaving millions of Syrians without heat for the winter. The gas facility was located in the eastern countryside of Read More
In a recent meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to the Iranian ayatollah, Iraqi Vice President and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki thanked Iran for their assistance in fighting jihadists and criticized the Gulf States for colluding with these groups.
Maliki praised the Islamic Republic of Iran during a visit to Tehran to improve diplomatic and military relations. He thanked Iranian officials for the ongoing assistance they have provided during Iraq’s battle against takfiri militants such as the Islamic State (IS). The VP said despite many countries promising to assist in the campaign against jihadists, Iran was the only one to deliver on their promises.
In one of his final moves in office, president Obama has committed another 2,300 US troops to Afghanistan to help the government curb the resurgence of the Taliban.
After a year of territorial gains by the Taliban in their fight against the weakened Afghani government, the US is sending around 2,300 troops from armor and aviation brigades to assist in attempting to turn the tide. The troops are being sent as part of operation Freedom’s Sentinel to “advise and assist” the Afghan security services in their ongoing fight.
The Afghan forces are also combating the still-active al Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan as well as a new cell of the Islamic State that materialized in the country earlier this year. The US forces have have their work cut out for them judging by the failures of the Afghan government in the past few years as well as the rampant corruption within the security services.