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
Peshmerga soldiers with AK’s and a H&K G-3. Photo by Kurdishstruggle on Flickr. Jihadists underestimated the Peshmerga by PAUL IDDON Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region stood in stark contrast to the rest of Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003. While the country descended into sectarian bloodletting, the Kurds consolidated... Read more
Russian Tu-22s at Iran’s Nojeh air base on or about Aug. 15, 2016. Photo via @WarfareWW But for now, Moscow’s crews are just passing through by PAUL IDDON In August 2016, Russian Tu-22M Backfire long-range bombers briefly flew from Iran’s Nojeh air base in that country’s eastern Hamadan Province to bomb... Read more
Kurdish YPG fighters. Kurdishstruggle photo via Flickr Don’t mess with Manbij by PAUL IDDON For months now the Turkish government has been threatening to seize the northwestern Syrian city of Manbij from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said multiple... Read more
A Russian Su-34 over Syria in 2015. Russian Ministry of Defense photo Errant air strike highlights dangers on the Al Bab front by PAUL IDDON On Feb. 3, 2017, a Russian warplane targeting a building in the Islamic State-occupied city of Al Bab in northwest Syria killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded... Read more
Turkey’s Arms Industry Expands at Home and Abroad
In January 2017, Turkey hosted British Prime Minister Theresa May. During her visit, among other things, she negotiated a deal worth more than £100 million to help build Turkey’s first indigenous jet fighter, the planned fifth-generation all-weather TFX air superiority jet. The plan would bring together Turkish Aerospace Industries — aka... Read more
SDF Guardian armored vehicles. Photos via Twitter Combined Arab-Kurdish army gets better wheels by PAUL IDDON In January 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces, an Arab-Kurdish militia fighting in Syria, received armored vehicles — reportedly IAG Guardian personnel carriers — from the United States for the first time. “Previously we didn’t get support in this form, we would... Read more
A U.S. F-16 over Iraq in April 2016. U.S. Air Force photo Intelligence sharing and the law by PAUL IDDON The nascent Trump administration denied that it coordinated an air strike with Russia in Syria, and to be sure, it isn’t doing so. But the White House says it is open to... Read more

Paul Iddon

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