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Bashar’s bluff: Damascus cannot challenge the U.S. military in Syria

by Paul Iddon In his May 31 interview with Russia Today, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his regime will soon focus on dealing with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), outlining two options it has to do so in his … Continue reading

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54. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – Dschihadismus nach dem Fall des Kalifats des Islamischen Staates (IS)

In Syrien befindet sich der IS in den letzten Zügen. Die syrische Stadt Raqqa, de facto die Hauptstadt des vom IS im Juni 2014 ausgerufenen Kalifats, wurde im Oktober 2017 von den Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) mit Unterstützung U.S.-amerikanischer Kräfte … Continue reading

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The Middle East in Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons Capabilities

by Israel Rafalovich. He is a journalist based in Brussel, who has 50 years of experience including international postings in Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Germany and Washington,DC The Middle East is likely to face more instability in the near future and the … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Incursion into Syria is Straining Diplomatic Relations and the US Troops Fighting ISIS

by Darien Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh is a contributor for War is Boring and Reverb Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for Auntie Bellum. Two weeks ago the Pentagon acknowledged that Turkey’s ongoing assault on the Kurdish-controlled region of Afrin … Continue reading

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54. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – Schwierige Zeiten für Rüstungskontrolle und nukleare Abrüstung

Der diesjährige Munich Security Report — ein Grundlagenpapier, welches vor der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz veröffentlicht wird — zeichnet ein düsteres Bild der Weltlage auf. Der mit der Wahl von US-Präsident Donald Trump vollzogene ideologische Rückzug der USA wird langfristige Konsequenzen auf … Continue reading

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Market review: Ground-based air defense

This is the updated version from the German article, published at the end of October 2017. The Swiss army’s ground-based air defenses (GBAD; in Switzerland called BODLUV) is rather outdated. The effective altitude is with about 3,000 to 4,000 m … Continue reading

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How the United States and Iraq tried, but failed, to disband the Kurdish Peshmerga

by Paul Iddon. Coming Monday, September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurds will hold a referendum on the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan and the adjoining disputed territories (see also Patrick Truffer, “The Kurds in Iraq: Is Their Pursuit of Autonomy … 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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FBI’s intelligence-gathering operation in Iraq

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. Six weeks before the United States invaded Iraq in March … Continue reading

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Personal Theories of Power: Space Power – Buttress of the Modern Military

This article is part of the Personal Theories of Power series, a joint Bridge–CIMSEC project which asked a group of national security professionals to provide their theory of power and its application. We hope this launches a long and insightful … Continue reading

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