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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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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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.61: The new IDF Chief of Staff is facing massively difficult strategic risks and threats

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On November 28, “Israeli defense officials say a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country’s next military chief”[1], Fox News reports (massively quoting  a piece of news firstly published by the Associated Press). One day later, on November 29, Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli “Defense Moshe […]

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News Alert No.94: U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel resigns “under pressure”

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On November 24, 2014, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned. In an official statement published on the Pentagon webpage, he said: “You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon”[1]. But reliable […]

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