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. 75: Egypt and Saudi Arabia decide to create ‘joint Arab military force’

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“Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact in Cairo aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies”, Al Jazeera is reporting on July 31, 2015. In a statement made public at the end of a meeting of very senior Egyptian and Saudi officials – President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi […]

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Policy Brief no. 68: U.S. military advisers to be deployed near the front lines in Iraq, at Mosul

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A “senior U.S. military official” quoted by CNN said, on January 24, 2015, that U.S. military advisers already deployed to Iraq in order to significantly boost combat worthiness of Iraqi troops might be sent near the front lines at Mosul (the largest city in Northern Iraq and the largest city controlled by ISIL). Most probably, […]

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Policy Brief no. 25 : Israel shares intelligence data on Islamic State (ISIL), in order to help the U.S. air strikes

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A Western diplomat quoted by Reuters on September 8 says that Israel offered important intelligence support to the U.S., this way helping a lot the American air strikes against forces and positions of the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. “We don’t comment on any assistance by us, or if there is such assistance, […]

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News Alert No.9: Israel: Serious budget cuts, a direct consequence of Operation Protective Edge

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The recent clash with Hamas ended, strictly from the military point of view, with another obvious Israeli victory. Combat casualties ratio proves this: Israel lost only some 70 military personnel, while at least “several hundred” Palestinian radicals were either killed or severely wounded in tunnels, in airstrikes, by artillery shells or in open space firefights, […]

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News Alert No.6: Iraq: Important result of US airstrikes against ISIL – besieged Shiites in Amerli reinforced and receive supplies, siege broken

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On August 31, a direct result of massive U.S. airstrikes against the ISIL forces and positions occurred: the Sunni militants were forced to at least partially abandon the siege of Amerli, a Shiite town in Northern Irak, CBS News reports. Iraqi regular forces reached the town “coming from two directions” and started distributing aid to […]

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