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US Retreat From Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.28.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Russia and Turkey are systematically excluding the United States from events in Syria. The US must either demand a seat at the table, shaping negotiations, or cede diplomacy to Russia and Turkey, knowing they will act in their narrow national interests to the detriment of Syrians.

Turkey Has Proved It No Longer Is A Friend To The U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.19.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Predicting the course of the coming Trump presidency could be an Olympic sport. The president-elect evidences strong opinions but little knowledge of many issues. Moreover, he usually was short on specifics: for instance, what would it mean to "bomb the shit" out of ISIS?

The Continued Unravelling of the Middle East: A Deep Dive into History

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 12.11.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announcing the creation of the Islamic State, June 30, 2014 The political constellation of the Middle East has been, until rece...

Donald Trump Should Announce U.S. Will Stay Out of Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. presidential election mercifully has ended. But global conflict continues. And politicians are still attempting to drag America into another tragic, bloody Middle Eastern conflict.

Why Donald Trump Should Pursue A Foreign Policy Of Peace

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

President-elect Donald Trump has a unique opportunity to redirect American foreign policy, which has become dangerously unbalanced and militarized. The answer is not isolation, but robust, thoughtful engagement.

Deadly Car Bombing Rocks Turkish City

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 11.04.2016 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - A car bomb killed eight people and wounded more than 100 in southeastern Turkey’s largest city on Friday, Prime Minis...

Iraqi Kurds Seize Town Near Mosul, As Offensive Presses On

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.23.2016 | World

ERBIL, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosulfrom Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed ...

The Battle for Mosul Diverts the World's Attention Away from Aleppo

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.23.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

Defeating ISIS in Mosul will be in the interest of Sunni Arabs in general as much asit will be in the interests of Iran and Shia Arabs in Iraq. The pr...

Turkish Airstrikes On U.S.-Backed Kurdish Militia Kill Up to 200 In Syria

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 12.29.2016 | World

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish jets pounded a U.S.-backed group of Kurdish-led militia fighters in northern Syria with more than 20 air strikes o...

The Presidency of Al Gore, 2001-2009, Redux

Norman MacAfee | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Norman MacAfee

In 2000, the Green Party candidate had siphoned off enough progressive votes to assure Bush's victory and the disasters that followed. In 2016, a vote for the Libertarian or Green presidential ticket is a vote for Trump. It is existentially essential to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Hillary Clinton, Wannabe Global Dominatrix And Liberal Neocon, Plans More Stupid Wars

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

About the only reason to hope for a Clinton victory is her flawed opponent, Donald Trump. Yet despite his many failings, he remains superior to Clinton when it comes to foreign policy.

Former ISIS Sex Slave Jail Is Now American HQ In Fight To Retake Major Iraqi City

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.17.2016 | World

QAYYARAH AIRFIELD WEST, Iraq ― The Yazidi sex slaves once held here are nowhere to be seen. Islamic State militants dragged them off months ago, bef...

Bombing Kills At Least 20 At Kurdish Wedding In Syria

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.03.2016 | World

AMMAN, Oct 3 (Reuters) - A bomb killed at least 20 people at a Kurdish wedding in the northeast Syrian city of Hasaka on Monday, a Kurdish militia and...

Don't Believe The Faux Moderates Of Iran

Saad Khan | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
Saad Khan

There has long been a narrative advanced by the Iranians and their backers in the West. It goes like this: There are two conflicting ruling elites in ...

Will The Fight For Mosul Be The October Surprise?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There has been relatively little speculation this election year about what could possibly be the "October surprise." In a normal presidential election year, this is a fun subject to speculate about when the actual news from the campaign trail gets dull and repetitive. This year, of course, that hasn't exactly happened.

The Battle for Mosul

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.25.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer. Photo by : U.S. Marine C...

Time For Kurdexit From Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 09.24.2016 | World
Delovan Barwari

The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) and the Institute for Media and Political Research (IMPR) in August 2016 conducted a face-to-face survey in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to measure the level of support for independence.

Turkey Removes Two Dozen Elected Mayors In Kurdish Areas

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.11.2016 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Turkey appointed new administrators in two dozen Kurdish-run municipalities on Sunday after removing their ele...

Turkish Tanks Roll Into Syria, Opening New Line Of Attack

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.04.2016 | World

ELBEYLI, Turkey/BEIRUT, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Turkey and its rebel allies opened a new line of attack in northern Syria on Saturday, as Turkish tanks rol...

Syria's 'Surrogates R Us'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

One day a surrogate force is on one side, the next day, on the other - depending on the highest bidder and the gravest threat to their proxy hosts.

Erdogan Is In Syria With A Green Light From The U.S. And Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.29.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

Erdogan's Turkey, which was an ally of the West and the Gulf, is today an ally of whoever provides support for Erdogan's authoritarian hold on Turkey, such as Russia.

Making Sense of the Syrian Battlefield

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.25.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Kurdish and Arab fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces during the Battle of Manbij, July-August 2016 On August 24, 4:00 a.m. local time, Turkish ...

Turkish Tanks Roll Into Syria, Pushing Islamic State Out Of Key Border Town

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.24.2016 | World

KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State’s last ...

Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.23.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey's brief democratic moment is ending.