Category Archives: States and Regions

Can Turkey capture ‘the Gate’ to Aleppo?

Turkey’s Free Syrian Army (FSA) proxy paramilitary allies are presently no less than two kilometers outside of the Islamic State (ISIS)-held city of al-Bab in northwest Syria. The last city that ISIS hold in that part of Syria. Al-Bab’s name … Continue reading

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The Taliban is learning from ISIS and al-Qaeda

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. While the Taliban is seeing its greatest successes in over … Continue reading

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Islamic States’ limited anti-air and anti-tank capabilities won’t turn the tide of battle

Just two and a half week into the ongoing operation to recapture Islamic States’ (ISIS) primary, and last, Iraqi urban stronghold Mosul, the militants successfully took an American-made Iraqi Army M1A1 Abrams tank out of action with an anti-tank missile … Continue reading

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Predictability versus Chaos: Where China and Russia Diverge

During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing on June 25, 2016, he and Chinese President Xi Jinping underlined the Sino-Russian strategic partnership and cooperation. Putin said that “Russia and China stick to points of view which are very close … Continue reading

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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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Rio 2016: Brazilian Security in the Spotlight

by Michael Martelle. Michael is a masters student studying Security Policy at the George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs. A week after the truck attack in Nice, France, and two weeks before opening ceremonies in Rio De Janeiro, … 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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