Category Archives: Syria

Aircraft Return to Syria’s Palmyra

Commercial satellite imagery has revealed that a flight of 8 Syrian Arab Air Force L-39ZO/ZA Albatros have deployed to Palmyra airbase, Homs Governorate. The aircraft arrived at the north parking apron of the airbase after runway maintenance was completed in late … Continue reading

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Assad and the Russians turned their noses up at Raqqa operation

by Paul Iddon. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backer were extremely dismissive towards the United States-backed operation that is removing Islamic State (ISIS) from the group’s de-facto Syrian capital city Raqqa. At first, in last April he mocked … Continue reading

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A Turkish attack on Afrin could spark a full-fledged war in Northern Syria

by Paul Iddon. Unlike the other three Kurdish regions in the Middle East, Syrian Kurdistan (known among Kurds as West Kurdistan, or Rojava) is not contiguous. The ruling authorities in Syria over the years attempted to keep the Kurds divided … Continue reading

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US MOAB strike in Afghanistan was very Putin-esque

by Paul Iddon. The United States’ 21,600 pound (9,800 kg) GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) saw its combat debut in Afghanistan in mid-April against the terror organization “Islamic State” (ISIS) in a massive retaliatory strike … Continue reading

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The ISIS drone threat

by Paul Iddon. In a 1993 televised panel discussion about the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and potential ballistic missile threats from countries like North Korea and Iran, scholar Russell Seitz briefly touched upon the simple forms in which asymmetrical threats … Continue reading

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Russia’s second faux drawdown from Syria

by Paul Iddon. On January 6, 2017 Moscow announced for the second time in less than a year that it is partially withdrawing its forces from Syria (the fist announcement was in March 2016). This time the Russians said their … Continue reading

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Härtetest für den Leopard 2 Panzer

von Patrick Truffer. Patrick Truffer absolviert momentan ein Masterstudiengang in Internationale Beziehungen an der Freien Universität Berlin. Ende August 2016 startete die Türkei die Operation “Schutzschild Euphrat” mit dem Ziel südlich der türkischen Grenze eine Sicherheitszone zu schaffen. Zusätzlich zum … Continue reading

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From Kalibr cruise missiles to the Kuznetsov: How significant is Russia’s power projection in Syria

On November 14, Russia lost a MiG-29K Fulcrum, which crashed while attempting to land on its only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. The incident happened as the Kuznetsov was en route to Syria, where it is to participate in Russia’s … Continue reading

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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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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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