October, 2016 Middle East

Turkey warmongering

 Turkish air and ground forces are attacking northern Syria. The target is not ISIS – the presumed threat to Turkish interests – but rather Kurdish forces that have borne the brunt of anti-ISIS ground fighting and are key to the battle for Mosul in Iraq.

Basra oilfields

 
Author Mustafa Saadoun

Baghdad — On Oct. 17, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi called on Egyptian companies to participate in oil investment contracts. He said during a meeting with the Egyptian ambassador in Baghdad, Hassan Ahmed Darwish, “It is necessary to strengthen relations between Iraq and Egypt, especially in the oil business.”

Mosul ISIS


Daniel L. Davis

U.S. Army soldier Pfc. Victor Mendoza uses a calimeter on a M109 Paladin tank to calibrate targets before a live fire exercise on Guzlani Warrior Training Center. DVIDSHUB/Public domain
If the fight isn’t quick, ISIS will tear the shaky U.S.-led coalition apart.

Russia Syria


By Paul Craig Roberts

 "Information Clearing House" - A month ago I wrote a column, “He Who Hesitates Is Lost—And Russia Hesitated.”

The consequences of this hesitation are now apparent:

Turkey Iraq


Turkey says troops using artillery near Mosul but Iraq rejects "participation" claim in ongoing Peshmerga-led operation.
Ongoing tensions between Turkey and Iraq have intensified after Turkey said its troops fired artillery rounds at ISIL targets near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, following a request by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

National Pact map


Erdogan’s aggressive nationalism is now spilling over Turkey’s borders, grabbing land in Greece and Iraq.
BY NICK DANFORTH

In the past few weeks, a conflict between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkey’s role in the liberation of Mosul has precipitated an alarming burst of Turkish irredentism. 

Mosul operation


By PATRICK COCKBURN

Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and Kurdish rulers next door in Iraqi Kurdistan.

U.S. Russia showdown

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report 
There is a sense in Washington and Moscow alike that a military showdown between the US and Russia is inevitable – direct this time, not through proxies, like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets last year. When the big powers are in direct confrontation, minor players step aside and run for cover.