Policy Brief no. 82: Syrian rebels give notorious terrorist organization weapons delivered by the U.S. military

Syrian rebels are now trained and armed by the U.S., in order to fight against the Islamic state (ISIL / ISIS) forces

According to official U.S. military sources quoted by Reuters, “Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage”. The same open source is reporting that “the rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and some ammunition, or about one-quarter of their issued equipment, […]

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Policy Brief no. 81: Russia is strongly boosting its military presence in Syria

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Some U.S. intelligence analysts say that “Russia is preparing to insert combat aircraft into Syria”, possibly in order to launch airstrikes against the radical groups fighting against the Assad regime (which is an important regional ally of the Kremlin). We already know, the same open source is reporting, that “in a development that caught U.S. […]

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Policy Brief no. 80: No important positive results of the major Iraqi offensive in Anbar, against ISIL

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At the end of almost 30 days since the start of a massive Iraqi military offensive in the Anbar province, against the ISIL forces, no really major results are visible, a recent text published by Al Jazeera is reporting. While the governmental actions are “showing few signs of progress”, open sources say that “ISIL still […]

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Policy Brief no.79: Large Russian and Chinese joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan

Less than three days ago, on August 20, 2015, a large joint naval exercise, involving Russian and Chinese forces started in the Sea of Japan, and off the coast of Vladivostok. The Washington Times is reporting that six helicopters, five fixed-wing combat aircraft, 21 pieces of amphibious equipment (which means combat ships – Xinhua is […]

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News Alert no. 140: Top adviser to Khamenei says U.S. is to be confronted and rolled back by Tehran-led “resistance axis”

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According to official Iranian media, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that a “resistance axis” led by Iran, and including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the [pro-Iranian forces in] Palestinian territories is “not only to fight against the dominance of foreigners in their countries”, but also […]

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News Alert no. 139: Major insurgent attacks in – and near – Kabul: 50 killed, hundreds wounded

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Starting with August 7, 2015, several significant attacks have been launched by insurgents (and at least two of them by Taliban fighters) against “Afghan army and police and U.S. special forces”, in or near Kabul, Reuters reports on August 8. At least 50 people were killed and several hundred have been wounded, and open sources […]

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Opinion no 28: Antony Beevor, officially banned in Russian schools

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Antony Beevor, an outstandingly serious professional historian, is writing in The Guardian, on August 5, 2015, that his books have been officially banned in Russia. Beevor says: “Over the past 24 hours I have been receiving slightly ironic congratulations by email from fellow historians. They were prompted by the order from the Ministry of Education […]

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