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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.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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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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Policy Brief no.77: Russian Navy, under the pressure of international sanctions

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International sanctions “imposed for Moscow’s interference in Ukraine” are seriously slowing down the development of the Russian Navy; they “are blocking import of critical parts for warships”, and “at the same time an economic recession has lightened the nation’s coffers”, Stars and Stripes reports on August 2, 2015. The article we are commenting now is […]

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