Archive for October, 2020

Turkey to relocate some of its military posts in Idlib, Syria

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey to relocate some of its military posts in Idlib, Syria

The Turkish Army is preparing to withdraw from three of its posting in the zone of distension established in the northern province of Idlib and its surroundings, Syrian media reported on Sunday.

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

U.S. influence in Pacific wanes; Japan considered ‘smart power’ by think tank

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. influence in Pacific wanes; Japan considered ‘smart power’ by think tank

The United States has lost a considerable degree of influence in the Indo-Pacific region due to its domestic and international handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an assessment released by an Australian think tank on Monday.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Yemen Should be a Factor in U.S. Yemen Policy

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Yemen Should be a Factor in U.S. Yemen Policy

The Trump administration is considering designating Yemen’s Huthi movement as a terrorist organisation, in response to allies’ appeals and as part of the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. The idea seems unlikely to reduce Tehran’s influence and could harm diplomatic prospects for peace.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Erdogan’s Wars… From Libya to Armenia

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan’s Wars… From Libya to Armenia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s covetous ambitions are various. From seeking gas in the Mediterranean and the “Blue Nation” lie, to his aspirations for Libya’s oil crescent, his intervention in the Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh, coveting Azerbaijan’s oil, and his adventures in Iraq and Syria, his greed has led him to adopt belligerent policies. Turkey […]

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

Syria Kurds release over 600 Islamic State-linked prisoners

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Syria Kurds release over 600 Islamic State-linked prisoners

The Kurdish-led forces controlling Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), the Kurdish northeast Syria, on Thursday freed more than 600 Syrian prisoners detained over links to the Islamic State jihadist group.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iraq’s Shia parties escalate sectarian tensions, pressure Kurds

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq’s Shia parties escalate sectarian tensions, pressure Kurds

Zebari angered pro-Iran militias by calling for removal of the PMF from the heart of Baghdad. Statements made by Kurdish politician Hoshyar Zebari questioning the deployment of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) in the Green Zone, where government offices and major international missions are located, and at Baghdad Airport have sparked a storm of controversy […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Kuwait’s Muslim Brotherhood watchful for changes after succession

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Kuwait’s Muslim Brotherhood watchful for changes after succession

Between their fears of a radical shift of policy and the authorities’ appeasement temptations, Brotherhood figures jokey for a new role as “advisors” for reform. Leaders and figures of the Kuwaiti branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are carefully monitoring changes following the succession that recently occurred at the top of the power hierarchy in the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

War in the Caucasus: Canada suspends drone technology export to Turkey

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on War in the Caucasus: Canada suspends drone technology export to Turkey

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg was in Turkey on Monday; There is no shortage of conflicts in which the NATO member is significantly involved: Syria, the eastern Mediterranean, Libya and now Nagorno-Karabakh – Turkish war equipment, soldiers and mercenaries are involved everywhere, who aggressively promote the national interest with acts of war or how in the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Turkey

Days of Russia’s CSTO are numbered: Putin’s Article 5 is worthless

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Days of Russia’s CSTO are numbered: Putin’s Article 5 is worthless

It is no secret that the Caucasus has always been a hard to chew piece of land – not only for the Tsar-era Kremlin, but also for the communist-era Kremlin and the “democratic” thug-era Kremlin, despite the fact that for some time now the unyielding mountain men are being propitiated with the carrot, not the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Turkey and Israel are displacing Russian military influence in the Caucasus region

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey and Israel are displacing Russian military influence in the Caucasus region

The Russian Federation has indeed supplied significant weapons to Baku and Yerevan in recent years, but according to experts from the US military, this pace of supply is unlikely to continue after the end of the war.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Fresh Attacks, Finger-Pointing Further Dampen Hopes Of End To Azerbaijani-Armenian Fighting

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Fresh Attacks, Finger-Pointing Further Dampen Hopes Of End To Azerbaijani-Armenian Fighting

New clashes were reported on October 16 between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in and around the breakaway region at the center of decades of Caucasus conflict in a further sign of the challenges to ending heavy fighting that has killed hundreds in the past three weeks.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

China’s Shipyards Expanding to Keep Up With PLA’s Nuclear Submarine Plans

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Shipyards Expanding to Keep Up With PLA’s Nuclear Submarine Plans

As China’s navy continues to expand, it’s pushing existing shipyards to the limit. Recent satellite images show the country’s only facility for building nuclear submarines is undergoing considerable expansion.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Romania – Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Romania – Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Romania

Republic of Georgia’s Concessions to the Azerbaijani War Effort Against Armenians

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Republic of Georgia’s Concessions to the Azerbaijani War Effort Against Armenians

The Republic of Georgia’s airspace is used by Turkey and Israel to support Azerbaijan in its war against the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. Flight from Libya to Baku, Azerbaijan, September 30, 2020 Using Georgian Airspace

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

Lebanese Mediation Between Assad Regime, Washington?

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanese Mediation Between Assad Regime, Washington?

Lebanese security officials have visited Washington, to serve as a mediator and secure the release of US citizens being held in by the Syrian regime writes Baladi News.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Powerful Russian-Syrian Attack on Training Camp Kill 30 Opposition Fighters

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Powerful Russian-Syrian Attack on Training Camp Kill 30 Opposition Fighters

The Russian Air Force, with help from the Syrian counterparts, launched a devastating attack against the Turkistan Islamic Party in Idleb, causing a great many casualties reports Al-Masdar.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Erdogan Declares War on Arabs

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan Declares War on Arabs

“Some countries in our region did not exist yesterday, and they may not exist in the future….” — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressing parliament on October 1, 2020.

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

U.S. Working to End Chinese Secrecy Around Nuclear Capabilities

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Working to End Chinese Secrecy Around Nuclear Capabilities

America’s senior arms negotiator said Washington is taking diplomatic and military steps to put an end to Beijing’s “great wall of secrecy” that surrounds its rapid and expanding strategic weapons program.

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US drone strike kills 2 senior Al Qaeda operatives in Syria

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on US drone strike kills 2 senior Al Qaeda operatives in Syria

The U.S. military carried out a drone strike Thursday, killing two senior Al Qaeda operatives in northwest Syria. “U.S. forces conducted a strike against Al Qaeda in Syria in the vicinity of Idlib, Syria, Oct. 15. AQ-S continues to present a threat to America and our allies,” Maj. Beth Riordan, a spokesman for U.S. Central […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

New World Order redux

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on New World Order redux

The effort to erode Iranian influence in the Middle East will take far more than precision strikes, argues former US national security advisor, H.R. McMaster.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Jannah or Jahannam: Options for Dealing with ISIS Detainees

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Jannah or Jahannam: Options for Dealing with ISIS Detainees

Introduction Similar to Christians, Muslims believe that a life well-lived leads to Jannah (heaven), while a life of laziness and misdeeds leads to Jahannam (hell). For many of the thousands of ISIS detainees held in camps in Syria and Iraq, including both former ISIS fighters and their families, they are stuck in between, with no […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Russia’s top prosecutor visits Japan-claimed islands

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Russia’s top prosecutor visits Japan-claimed islands

Russia’s top prosecutor paid a visit Friday to parts of the Moscow-held, Tokyo-claimed islands off Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, islanders told Kyodo News.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Moscow prosecutors order universities to report virtually any anti-Kremlin activity by students or faculty

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Moscow prosecutors order universities to report virtually any anti-Kremlin activity by students or faculty

District attorneys in Moscow have started reviewing local scientific and educational institutions, asking universities to provide information about any students involved in protests or publications about the difficulties of life in Russia. The “University Solidarity” student union first reported the new inquiry on Friday, citing orders addressed to RANEPA (the Russian Presidential Academy of National […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

The Slavic brotherhood’s future Belarusian security expert Yahor Lebiadok breaks down military cooperation between Moscow and Minsk

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on The Slavic brotherhood’s future Belarusian security expert Yahor Lebiadok breaks down military cooperation between Moscow and Minsk

One of the defining turns that took place during the protests in Belarus was Russia abandoning its neutral, wait-and-see position in favor of throwing strong support behind Alexander Lukashenko.

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Are More Gulf States About to Normalize Ties With Israel?

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Are More Gulf States About to Normalize Ties With Israel?

The normalization agreements that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel last month were billed by President Donald Trump as marking “the dawn of a new Middle East.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Erdogan May Use Biden Win as Excuse To Invade NE Syria – American Analyst

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan May Use Biden Win as Excuse To Invade NE Syria – American Analyst

An American analyst has speculated that President Erdogan might use a Trump defeat to launch another attack against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria writes North Press.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

POLAND’S COAL INDUSTRY FINALLY BURNS OUT

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on POLAND’S COAL INDUSTRY FINALLY BURNS OUT

Polish miners steadfastly blocked the overhaul of the coal industry for decades, but further delay has become too costly. BIRN reports the backstory of a landmark deal with the unions that signals the last days of the industry, and looks at what the future holds for these communities.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHMEN ON EUROPE’S BORDERS?

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHMEN ON EUROPE’S BORDERS?

The European Commission is proposing, as part of its new migration pact, to create independent monitoring mechanisms to investigate allegations of migrant rights abuses. Central and Southeast European member states have reasons to resist this.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia

‘Model’ Camps’ Closures Fuel Fears for Greek Island’s Migrants

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Model’ Camps’ Closures Fuel Fears for Greek Island’s Migrants

Rights organisations are dismayed by the Greek government’s decision to close two model facilities on Lesbos – whose exemplary conditions differed markedly from the infamous, now destroyed, Moria camp.

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China Conducts Test Of Massive Suicide Drone Swarm Launched From A Box On A Truck

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on China Conducts Test Of Massive Suicide Drone Swarm Launched From A Box On A Truck

China recently conducted a test involving a swarm of loitering munitions, also often referred to as suicide drones, deployed from a box-like array of tubular launchers on a light tactical vehicle and from helicopters. This underscores how the drone swarm threat, broadly, is becoming ever-more real and will present increasingly serious challenges for military forces […]

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Russia denies New START ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with US

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Russia denies New START ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with US

Russia is rejecting U.S. claims the two sides reached an “agreement in principle” to extend New START, their last remaining arms control agreement, casting doubt there would be an 11th hour deal before U.S. elections Nov. 3.

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Deaths of Syrian mercenaries show how Turkey, Russia could get sucked into Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Deaths of Syrian mercenaries show how Turkey, Russia could get sucked into Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Families gathered around a refrigerated truck at a Syrian-Turkish border post, waiting earlier this month for the drivers to dispense their awful cargo: the bodies of 52 Syrian men, killed in a war 600 miles away.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Competitors, Adversaries, or Enemies? Unpacking the Sino-American Relationship

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Competitors, Adversaries, or Enemies? Unpacking the Sino-American Relationship

“Competitor?” “Adversary?” “Enemy?” Which of these terms best describes U.S.-Chinese relations? The Washington Post reporter Susan Page posed this question during the vice-presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris. While neither offered a direct answer to the question, it goes to the heart of a major foreign policy challenge facing the […]

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The Palestinians need a new strategy in relations with Israel

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on The Palestinians need a new strategy in relations with Israel

Israel has defeated Oslo, but the Palestinian people remain and will continue to struggle to remain on what is remaining from their land. I don’t know if the majority of Palestinians still support the idea of a mini Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, with east Jerusalem as its capital. My guesstimate is […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

PIJ militants storm mosque, kidnap other PIJ members – report

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on PIJ militants storm mosque, kidnap other PIJ members – report

The family of those kidnapped claimed that “‘Rambo’ Khaled Mansour,” a commander in the PIJ’s Al-Quds Brigades, is responsible for the incident • “I felt my bones breaking in my right arm.”

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