Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Russia’s broken relationship with the West

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Russia’s broken relationship with the West

Ах, как хорошо было бы проснуться в один прекрасный день и обнаружить: мы уже в раю, но на Земле, а «они» уже все сдохли. И нет у нашей страны соседей – ни враждебных, ни завистливых, ни попрошаек вечных, ни шантажистов во имя любви, но за интерес.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

Personnel problems and the degradation of Russia’s intelligence community

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Personnel problems and the degradation of Russia’s intelligence community

22 октября президент подписал указ об увольнении со службы и освобождении от занимаемой должности первого заместителя директора ФСБ генерала армии Сергея Смирнова.

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U.S. Troops Might be in Danger. Why Is the Military Trying to Hide It?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Troops Might be in Danger. Why Is the Military Trying to Hide It?

It was a brazen assault that put the extreme vulnerability of American military bases in Africa on full display. On January 5, 2020, members of the terrorist group al Shabaab attacked a longtime American outpost in Kenya, and when it was over three Americans were dead, two others were wounded, six aircraft had been wrecked, […]

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US-Backed Forces Target IS Remnants in Eastern Syria

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on US-Backed Forces Target IS Remnants in Eastern Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to carry out raids targeting militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terror group in eastern Syria.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

US says seven al Qaeda leaders killed in Syria airstrike

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on US says seven al Qaeda leaders killed in Syria airstrike

The United States believes it killed seven al Qaeda leaders in an airstrike over Syria.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Flirting with militias: What America can learn from the Middle East

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Flirting with militias: What America can learn from the Middle East

As Americans go to the polls, we can learn hard lessons from the Middle East — where militias and nations have long grappled over authority, legitimacy, and power.

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Afghanistan Is Not Doomed to Repeat Its Past

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Afghanistan Is Not Doomed to Repeat Its Past

egotiations between the Taliban and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan have opened in Doha, Qatar, but violence continues and even appears to be escalating. Some of the worst attacks, such as the Oct. 24 strike on an educational center in Kabul that killed at least 30 students, have been claimed by the so-called Islamic State. […]

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

China to sanction Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon over Taiwan arms sales

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on China to sanction Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon over Taiwan arms sales

China’s government said Monday it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing’s defense unit and Lockheed Martin for supplying weapons to rival Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing’s strategic ambitions.

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Libya ceasefire: UN relaunches inclusive political forum, amid growing ‘sense of hope’

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Libya ceasefire: UN relaunches inclusive political forum, amid growing ‘sense of hope’

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced the launch of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, following the signing of a permanent ceasefire agreement in the strife-torn country.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

US Calls Death of al-Qaida Official a Major Setback for Terror Group

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on US Calls Death of al-Qaida Official a Major Setback for Terror Group

The United States has confirmed the death of a high-ranking al-Qaida official in Afghanistan, describing it as a major setback for the group despite some initial confusion in reporting about his seniority.

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India, U.S. Begin Meetings in New Delhi

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on India, U.S. Begin Meetings in New Delhi

The relationship between the world’s two largest democracies is among the most consequential of the 21st century, administration officials said in a phone call before the “two-plus-two” meeting between U.S. and Indian officials in New Delhi.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, India, South East Asia

China slaps 2 reciprocal sanctions on US

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on China slaps 2 reciprocal sanctions on US

China announced two reciprocal sanctions on the US over its latest arms sales to the island of Taiwan and its crackdown on Chinese media on Monday a week ahead of the US presidential election.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

The Muslim World denounces French President’s remarks against Islam, its prophet

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on The Muslim World denounces French President’s remarks against Islam, its prophet

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned continued attacks and incitement against Muslim sentiment and insults of Prophet Muhammad, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

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So Trump Loses, What Happens Then?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on So Trump Loses, What Happens Then?

Donald Trump isn’t just inside the heads of his Trumpster base; he’s long been a consuming obsession among those yearning for his defeat in November. With barely more than a week to go before the election of our lifetime, those given to nail biting as a response to anxiety have by now gnawed ourselves down […]

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The World is Changing: China Launches Campaign for Superpower Status

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on The World is Changing: China Launches Campaign for Superpower Status

The outdated notion that China ‘just wants to do business’ should be completely erased from our understanding of the rising global power’s political outlook.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Saudis, Arab states drastically reduce aid to Palestinians

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Saudis, Arab states drastically reduce aid to Palestinians

Arab grants and financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) have decreased since the beginning of this year by more than 81% compared to last year, exacerbating the financial crisis facing the PA.

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Russian strikes kill dozens of Turkey-backed rebels in Syria’s Idlib

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Russian strikes kill dozens of Turkey-backed rebels in Syria’s Idlib

Dozens of rebel fighters are dead following suspected Russian airstrikes on a training camp in northwest Syria Monday, activists and war monitors said.

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Cracks in Turkish-Russian ties begin to show

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Cracks in Turkish-Russian ties begin to show

Mistrust instead of the spirit of mutually beneficial political cooperation is guiding current relations between Ankara and Moscow. Turkish-Russian ties are following a different trajectory today to what they were a year ago when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was promoting the notion of a strategic relationship in the making.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz, Middle Orient, Turkey

Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing

Japan said Monday it will not sign a U.N. treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into force next year, rejecting the wishes of atomic bomb survivors in Japan who are urging the government to join and work for a nuclear-free world.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

France increases tension by recalling its envoy: Turkey

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on France increases tension by recalling its envoy: Turkey

France has increased the tension by recalling its ambassador in Turkey and has been continuing with its “one-sided and egocentric” approach towards incidents and bilateral relations with Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Oct. 25 in a written statement.

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Drone strike kills 14 al-Qaeda fighters in Syria: US army

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Drone strike kills 14 al-Qaeda fighters in Syria: US army

The US Army said Thursday it carried out a drone strike against al-Qaeda leaders in northwest Syria near the border, killing 14 extremists, according to a war monitor.

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The South Syria Deal: Two Years Later

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on The South Syria Deal: Two Years Later

Two years have passed since Syria’s south and southwestern regions were seized by government forces. Dubbed the “South Syria Deal,” a U.S.-Russian understanding with Jordan’s and Israel’s blessings, government forces and “state Symbols” took control of the countrysides of Daraa and Qunaytirah. Daraa-based opposition forces had to surrender and make do with a limited presence […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient, Special Analysis

Death toll update | Nearly 105 fighters killed and injured of “al-Sham Corps” close to Turkey in Russian airstrike on camp near Iskenderun region, north-west of Idlib

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Death toll update | Nearly 105 fighters killed and injured of “al-Sham Corps” close to Turkey in Russian airstrike on camp near Iskenderun region, north-west of Idlib

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented further casualties in the Russian airstrikes on a camp belonging to the Ankara-backed al-Sham Corps in Jabal al-Dawila area in Harem, north-west of Idlib.

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Turkey extends East Med exploration, sparks tensions with France

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey extends East Med exploration, sparks tensions with France

France gives Turkey two months to change East Med policies, recalls ambassador over Erdogan’s remarks about Macron. Turkey announced late Saturday that it is extending by one week a gas exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean that has caused tensions with Greece.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient, Turkey

Turkish-French dispute carries over to Libya

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish-French dispute carries over to Libya

There are growing indications that Erdogan may be pushing to undermine the ceasefire in Libya. At the current stage of the French-Turkish political conflict, political and religious considerations are being purposely mixed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the background of his clash with France confirms it has nothing to do with religion, which […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia, Magreb, Turkey

Russia’s interest is to keep the war in Nagorno-Karabakh as long as possible

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Russia’s interest is to keep the war in Nagorno-Karabakh as long as possible

Since September 27 this year, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been waging a devastating war for both nations in the region of the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. It may be very difficult to understand who actually started the conflict. The two sides blame each other, and this is quite logical – no one wants to be […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

Turkey begins training Libyan coastguards and thus competes with the EU and Italy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey begins training Libyan coastguards and thus competes with the EU and Italy

Turkish armed forces have started training the Libyan coast guard, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing reports of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The newspaper rates this as a “further blow” against Rome’s influence on the LibyanGovernment of National Accord [GNA] in Tripoli, as this activity has so far been carried out by the Italian military mission.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia, Middle Orient, Turkey

Sudan’s Normalization Deal with Israel Faces Hurdles

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Sudan’s Normalization Deal with Israel Faces Hurdles

Sudan on Friday became the third state to move toward normalizing relations with Israel. But unlike Israel’s recent deal with Abu Dhabi where hotels are already promoting packages for Israeli tourists, the deal with Sudan still faces several hurdles, including some public opposition.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Iran Holds Army Ground Force Drill in Border Area as Azerbaijani-Armenian Karabakh Conflict Persists

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Holds Army Ground Force Drill in Border Area as Azerbaijani-Armenian Karabakh Conflict Persists

Earlier this week, Tehran conducted air defence war games after stray missiles and shells made their way into Iranian territory amid ongoing hostilities between neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Kavkaz, Middle Orient

U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement

The text of the following joint statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Azerbaijan on October 25, 2020. Begin Text: Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun on October […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

Iran, Turkey and Qatar condemn France over religious ‘desecration’

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran, Turkey and Qatar condemn France over religious ‘desecration’

Why would small groups in Gaza, such as Islamic Jihad, suddenly care about a cartoon in France when they have more pressing issues? This is a sort of regional competition over who “defends Muslims.” Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have all come out with statements over the weekend slamming France over alleged […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient, Turkey

Why is Iran suddenly interested in Palestinian Islamic Jihad again?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Why is Iran suddenly interested in Palestinian Islamic Jihad again?

For almost a year, Palestinian Islamic Jihad was largely absent from Iran’s media and political push. Now, Iran is back, talking about it in the media a day after Ankara’s press highlighted the group. PIJ claimed it was “mobilizing” in Gaza over the weekend, so the articles do not appear to be a coincidence.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

PIJ calls-up forces as Palestinian’s hunger strike passes 90 days – report

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on PIJ calls-up forces as Palestinian’s hunger strike passes 90 days – report

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist movement announced a general call-up of its forces on Saturday night, citing the deterioration in the condition of Maher al-Akhras, a PIJ operative hunger striking in Israel as the reason.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Mossad head: Saudi normalization ties close; post US election could see progress

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Mossad head: Saudi normalization ties close; post US election could see progress

A normalization announcement between Israel and Saudi Arabia is close and there could be major developments following the US presidential elections depending on who wins, Mossad director Yossi Cohen has said in closed conversations, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

IDF launches ‘Lethal Arrow’ drill simulating war with Hezbollah

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on IDF launches ‘Lethal Arrow’ drill simulating war with Hezbollah

The IDF launched a large-scale multi-front exercise on Sunday morning, simulating war with Hezbollah. Dubbed “Lethal Arrow,” the multi-day general staff drill will see the participation of thousands of troops from various branches of the military including the Air Force, Navy and the Ground Forces, as well as from the Intelligence, Technological, Logistics and Cyber […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient