As Syrian forces and their allies complete the encirclement of Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, the United States and its regional allies have signaled a sudden increased interest in ground operations in Syria, including US airpower backing Turkish-Saudi ground forces.
While it is obvious the US and its allies are responding directly to the collapse of their proxy forces across the country, their most recent threats to further escalate the conflict in Syria are tenuously predicated on “fighting ISIS.” Continue reading Syria: NATO’s Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War. Conventional Warfare, Ground Operations?
When Russia decided to enter the war in Syria in order to control, somehow, the tensions in the Middle East, a mess caused by the post USA-war in Iraq and the West’s hope for “democratization” of the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, has proved to establish its power as a pivotal player in the ongoing region conflicts.
Until this summer,just before the Russian intervention, everything seemed that the Middle East was going to get dominated by a situation living in a chaos; from which an extremist islamic caliphate through a long war of jihadists against necessary democratic human values in Syria and Iraq was going to be established. However, Russia’s presence in Syria (even if they support Assad who is a dictator) has changed this war’s balances.
Continue reading Recent geopolitical developments of the Russian and United States involvement in the fight against ISIS in Syria & Iraq