Fears of an Aggressive Iran Are Far Older Than the Islamic Republic Is
This story originally appeared on May 27, 2015. The U.S. and Iran were once best friends. Washington saw the country as a stabilizing force in the Middle East, an ally it could rely on to keep the peace in a confusing and conflict-prone area of the world. It was... Read more
Lecciones sobre carros de combate aprendidas por Irak durante la Guerra contra el Estado Islámico
Tras su éxito contra el Estado Islámico (ISIS) en el campo de batalla, Irak está estudiando las futuras necesidades de sus fuerzas acorazadas. Bagdad tiene sobre la mesa planes para la adquisición de carros de combate T-90 y al mismo tiempo básicamente está estudiando la viabilidad de modernizar su... Read more
The West Sold Tanks to the Middle East, And Now It’s Frustrated
Ten years ago, the United States approved an arms deal supplying 140 M-1A1 main battle tanks to Iraq. Turkey, another Middle East user of Western armor, relies heavily on German-made Leopard tanks. But in recent weeks, both the United States and Germany have expressed growing wariness over how Iraq... Read more
Turkey’s Offensive Into Afrin Is Slow and Bloody
On Jan. 20, the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch — the ongoing invasion of the northwestern Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Canton. From the onset, Turkey claimed that the operation would result in a swift victory. However, a month later, Olive Branch is showing clear signs of becoming... Read more
L’Irak et les leçons de la guerre blindée contre l’EI
Après ses succès contre l’Etat Islamique sur le champ de bataille, l’Irak se penche sur les besoins futurs de ses forces armées. Bagdad pourrait acheter des chars lourds T-90, tout en évaluant la possibilité de remanier profondément sa flotte de T-55 vieillissants pour en faire des systèmes d’arme bien... Read more
Iraq Learned Tank Lessons in the War With Islamic State
Following its success against the Islamic State (ISIS) on the battlefield Iraq is looking into the future needs of its armored forces. Baghdad has plans to purchase T-90 main battle tanks on the table and is simultaneously evaluating the feasibility of fundamentally revamping its fleet of vintage T-55 tanks... 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
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
Terror and Murder — Islamic State Switches to an Insurgency in Iraq
Iraq’s military has essentially destroyed the physical Islamic “State” which once militarily occupied one-third of the country. The effort to root out the Islamic State insurgency could take years. Iraq is now faced with the difficult task of implementing effective counter-insurgency methods as the group reverts to its origins... 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

Paul Iddon

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