Turkey Attacks the Kurds’ Efrin Enclave
Following days of verbal warnings from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and intensive diplomatic activity between Ankara, Washington, Moscow, Tehran and Damascus, on Jan. 19 2018 the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch — a military offensive in the so-called “Efrin enclave,” part of northwest Syria controlled by the... Read more
Sept avions russes perdus en Syrie le jour du nouvel an?
Le 3 janvier 2018, le journal russe Kommersant rapportait que des «islamistes radicaux» avaient détruit sept avions de combat russes à Hmeimim près de la base aérienne de Lattaquié le jour du nouvel an. Vladimir Poutine avait visité la base plus tôt dans le mois pour féliciter les troupes pour... Read more
Who Really Attacked Russia’s Air Base in Syria?
Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base in Syria came under two attacks in the space of a week. The first took place on New Year’s Eve and saw mortars successfully impact, killing two servicemen and lightly damaging some aircraft. The second attack transpired on Jan. 5 and saw a swarm of... Read more
Did Russia Really Lose Seven Warplanes in Syria on New Year’s Eve?
On Jan. 3, 2018, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that “radical Islamists” had destroyed seven Russian combat jets at Khmeimim, or Hmeimim, air base near Latakia, Syria on New Year’s Eve, 2017. Russian president Vladimir Putin had visited the base earlier that month to praise the troops for their... Read more
For the Russian Military in Syria, Old Habits Die Hard
Russia this month announced another draw-down from its combat operations in Syria, which began on Sept. 30, 2015. The Russian military will retain troops in the country, likely indefinitely, where it has demonstrated the capabilities of new weapons and tactics — which together show it has learned from its... Read more
Syria’s Kurds Have Plenty of Territory — If They Can Keep It
In the war with Islamic State, Syria’s Kurdish forces successfully fought back and extended their territories, most notably by capturing the strategic city of Raqqa and large swathes of Deir ez-Zor province. These territories, which encompass almost all of Syria’s oil reserves, provide the Kurds with valuable bargaining chips... Read more
ISIS Fighters Hid in Tunnels to Ambush Iranian-Backed Troops
The war in Syria isn’t over. On Nov. 2, 2017, Syrian and allied troops advanced into Islamic State-controlled parts of Syria. Marching from the city of Dayr Az Zawr down the Euphrates River toward the Iraqi border, they linked-up with Iranian-supported militias and converged on the town of Al... Read more
A Syrian Town Resisted Islamists … And Then the Regime Attacked
In September 2017, Hayat Tahrir Ash Sham, or HTS – an Al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria – launched what it described as a “major offensive.” In response, the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad and the Russian air force intensified air strikes on population centers in parts... Read more
«No quiero volver a disparar un arma contra nadie nunca más»
En 2015 Hanna Bohman, mujer canadiense de 48 años de edad sin experiencia militar alguna, se unió a una milicia kurda que lucha contra el Estado Islámico en Siria. «Siempre me habían interesado las cosas militares, pero nunca me alisté porque no dejan combatir a las mujeres», decía Bohman.... Read more
‘I Don’t Want to Shoot a Gun at Anybody Ever Again’
In 2015 Hanna Bohman, a 48-year-old Canadian with no military experience, joined a Kurdish militia battling Islamic State in Syria. “I had always been interested in military stuff but never joined because they don’t let women fight,” Bohman said. “One of the reasons I joined the Yekineyen Parastina Jin... Read more
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