Category Archives: International

Infographic: A long journey for the Kuznetsov – November 21 “Extended” Update

by Louis Martin-Vézian of CIGeography (Facebook / Twitter). The November 21 “Extended” update adds two more panels to the infographic: The transit of two Buyan-M-class corvette from Sevastopol to Baltiysk in October (the panel was already included in the first … Continue reading

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Are mock ISIS weapons deceiving the coalition?

The US Department of Defense frequently releases press statements detailing the targets US-led coalition airstrikes have bombed in Iraq and Syria as part of their ongoing war against Islamic State (ISIS) militants. These statements invariably describe how many ISIS vehicles, … Continue reading

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Perfidious urban warfare in Mosul

The video above shows CNN reporter Arwa Damon and photojournalist Brice Laine trapped with Iraqi forces during their push into ISIS-held Mosul for more than 28 hours. The attack on the Iraq forces is typical for the tactic used by … Continue reading

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Will Turkey go to war in Northern Iraq?

Since Turkey’s refusal to withdraw its military forces from its training camp in Bashiqa, Northern Iraq last December relations between Baghdad and Ankara have been at an all time low. Even after the start of the Mosul operation against Islamic … Continue reading

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Iraq’s notorious militia is setting up camp west of Mosul

Since its official inception shortly after the beginning of the war against the terror organisation “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Iraq in the summer of 2014 the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU; aka Hashd) has garnered its fair share of controversy. Human … Continue reading

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Ankara vs Damascus: The al-Bab Impasse

Even before launching its intervention in northwest Syria on August 24 it was clear that Turkey would do its utmost to forcibly prevent Syria’s Kurds from dominating the entirety of Syria’s northern border. Since June 2015 the Kurds have controlled … Continue reading

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South African Airpower: Clipped Wings?

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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The U.S. Pivot to Nowhere

by Patrick Truffer. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and completes a Master of Arts program in International Relations at the Freie Universität Berlin. In an address … Continue reading

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The U.S. must stop the Taliban’s Rise

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. The U.S.-led intervention against the Islamic State (IS) has made … Continue reading

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The benefits and risks for Russia of having a permanent naval base on Syria’s Mediterranean coast

Amid deteriorating relations between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis officials in Moscow are voicing that country’s intention to establish a permanent naval base on Syria’s Mediterranean coastline. Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov told the Federation Council … Continue reading

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