Geopolitics

Two weakest links in al-Bab

 Al-Bab

Deniz Zeyrek
There are two weak links lying behind the delay in advancing the al-Bab operation.

The first is the disorder in the groups that form the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which seriously troubles the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), to the extent that if the TSK had been able to plan and conduct the Euphrates Shield operation alone it would have chosen a different path. Commanders, who know their capacities, would have been able to analyze “the enemy,” executing plans with an adequate number of units and equipment under a tactic formulated in the operations center.

The Fall of Aleppo

Fall of Aleppo

by Fabrice Balanche
Fabrice Balanche, a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and associate professor at the University of Lyon 2, briefed the Middle East Forum on the Syrian crisis in a conference call on January 31, 2017.

Coming Trump-Putin-Erdogan deal rumbles thru ME

Trump-Putin-Erdogan deal

 DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis 

The NBC report that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be considering making President Donald Trump the “gift” of turning over former NSA analyst Edward Snowden is part of a much broader scheme that is already sending tremors through the Middle East. Snowden won asylum in Moscow after leaking secrets to journalists four years ago.

IRAN AND TURKEY: A NEW ROUND OF AN ANCIENT RIVALRY

 AN ANCIENT RIVALRY


BY DAVID BATASHVILI 
Much of the regional international developments in the Middle East will probably be defined by their rivalry.
The two most prominent local players in the complex Middle Eastern game are Iran and Turkey. It is their strategies that will define the political future of this region in the coming decades. Inevitably, sometimes these strategies will be in direct contradiction with each other.

Inaugural Words Heard 'Round the World: 'Radical Islamic Terrorism'

Inaugural speech


by Tarek Fatah, The Toronto Sun

U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to "unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism" and " eradicate [it] completely from the face of the earth" in his inaugural speech.
English isn't my first language (Punjabi is), but when I sat down in New Delhi to listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural address, one sentence in his speech made my jaw drop.

THE WAR AMONG THE GENERALS

Marine Generals


DAVID BARNO AND NORA BENSAHEL
During his first days in office, President Trump quickly delivered on his foremost campaign promise: to bring change to Washington. He dispensed a flurry of executive orders and memoranda on a wide range of issues, including repealing the Affordable Care Act, building a wall on the Mexican border, and withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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