Turkey Eyes a Military Incursion Into Iraq
Turkey announced the official end of its Euphrates Shield incursion into Syria as March 2017 came to a close. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already suggested that future Turkish operations will “not a Syrian dimension, also an Iraqi dimension.” “There are the Tal Afar and... Read more
Trump’s Cruise Missile Strike Could Be a Sign of Weakness
The Trump administration’s bombing of Syria’s Shayrat airbase with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles, in response to a Syrian chemical attack less than 72 hours before, is comparable to the Clinton administration’s heavy reliance on such weapons. Clinton used the Tomahawks, along with air strikes, to reprimand Saddam for his... Read more
U.S. and Syrian Allies Stormed Across a Lake, Then Overran This Key Air Base
In late March 2017, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces captured Al Tabqa air base from Islamic State militants in northeast Syria with U.S. air and artillery support. The operation followed an airborne assault across Lake Assad by 500 SDF fighters and U.S. troops— a bold maneuver and the first of its kind by... Read more
Russia Has a Ton of Problems in Syria — Israeli Air Strikes Are Not One of Them
Israel’s Arrow missile defense system saw its combat debut in March 2017 when it shot down a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile, which was fired at Israeli fighter jets. The jets were returning home from an air strike inside Syria, reportedly targeting Syrian military positions in the country’s Homs province.... Read more
Lessons From the Deadliest Chemical War That Didn’t Happen
Since the end of World War I, the only substantial chemical attacks in warfare have occurred in East Asia and the Middle East. Japan poisoned Chinese troops with gas in the 1930s. Egypt dumped poison gas on Yemen in the 1960s, and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein killed thousands with... Read more
U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair IIs. U.S. Navy photo A short history of a superpower flashpoint by PAUL IDDON There is a now-obscure moment in the United States’ relationship — or lack thereof — with Syria under the rule of the Assad family. In an early October 1983 radio address, U.S. President Ronald Reagan... Read more
Iraqi soldiers at Al Asthana Ridge on Feb. 27, 2017. U.S. Marine Corps photo The Iraqi military improved after the Islamic State’s invasion, but it still has a ton of problems by PAUL IDDON Two-and-a-half years ago, the Iraqi Army suffered an abysmal and historic failure to defend the... Read more
U.S. Marines with the 11th MEU fire their M-777 howitzer during an exercise in Djibouti in December 2016 U.S. Marine Corps photo Big guns aid Kurdish troops advancing toward Raqqa by PAUL IDDON The United States, feeling confident enough about its war on the totalitarian Islamic State, has upped... Read more
A U.S. Stryker armored vehicle in Syria. Photo via Twitter The United States is telling militants to back away from Manbij by PAUL IDDON Turkey and its militia allies spent months battling the Islamic State in the northwest Syrian city of Al Bab. And soon after defeating the terrorist army in the... Read more
SDF fighters in Syria. Kurdishstruggle photo via Flickr If Russia and the Syrian army have anything to say about it by PAUL IDDON Fresh from its victory over Islamic State militants in Al Bab in northwest Syria, Turkey is reiterating its longstanding threat to attack the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Manbij... Read more

Paul Iddon

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