Battle of Kirkuk a Bloodless Offensive

Not only are the Kurds in Iraq eternally riven, but the KRG knows it needs its oil pipeline to Turkey to remain open. And then there is the role played by a certain Iranian negotiator to consider. Pepe Escobar The Battle of Kirkuk lasted less than 24 hours. In a lightning – and mostly bloodless…

Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Liberates Entire Eastern Salamiyah Countryside

Syrian Army Cleared Entire Eastern Salamiyah Countryside From ISIS Terrorists Click to see the full-size map On October 17, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Qalamoun Shield Forces (QSF) finished clearing the eastern Salamiyah countryside from ISIS terrorists that had been surrounded in the area. The SAA, the NDF…

Israel Is Hiding That Its State-Of-Art F-35 Warplane Was Hit By Syrian S-200 Missile

It looks that the Israeli “demonstration of power” during the recent visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has turned into a total failure. On October 16, Shoigu arrived Israel for meetings with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The sides were reportedly set to discuss the situation in the region,…

ثقوب سوداء أم أفول مضطرب؟

Bouthaina Shaaban كرّر العسكريون الروس شكواهم واستفساراتهم أكثر من مرّة حول تغاضي الأمريكيين عن تسلّل مسلحي داعش من نقطة مراقبة أمريكية قرب قاعدة التنف، التي ينتشر فيها جنود أمريكيون. ونبّه الجانب الروسي الأمريكيين إلى أنّ تحويل قاعدة التنف الواقعة على الحدود السورية – الأردنية إلى«ثقب أسود» أمر مخالف للقانون الدولي، الذي اعتادت الولايات المتحدة على…

Middle East: Next Step Is Another Large-Scale War

Defining Independence at the Twilight of Empire Andrei Akulov The US President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran deal grabbed public attention hitting mainstream media headlines. But the gaze should shift to another flash point as a major war in the Middle East involving many actors can spark at any moment. With Islamic State…

Russia to Israel: Our Anti-Terrorist Operation in Syria Close to its End

Sputnik-Middle East In Tel Aviv, the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu met with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has commented on the results of the Moscow’s operation in Syria aimed to support the government’s fight against terrorists amid the ongoing operation in the Deir ez-Zor province….