No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

He’s just shifting the burden to allies and relying more on mercenaries By Stephen Gowans The announced withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the drawdown of US occupation forces in Afghanistan very likely do not represent the abandonment of US aims in the Middle East, and instead more likely reflect the adoption of new … Continue reading No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

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Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East By Pepe Escobar It was packaged as a stark, graphic message, echoing across Eurasia: … Continue reading Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

Erdogan a threat to US effort to contain Iran

Washington needs to find a way to tone down the Turkish president's assault on the Saudis, which could undermine the push to restrict Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen By Stephen Bryen Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ratcheting up the pressure on Saudi Arabia for the now-admitted killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi – a strategy … Continue reading Erdogan a threat to US effort to contain Iran

Surgical strikes: what attacks on Yemen and Khashoggi’s demise have in common

By Jefferson Morley It is the hour of CYA in Washington. The apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and ensuing notoriety of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman have prompted some self-serving revisionist history from former Obama administration officials about the war in Yemen. From the pundit class to Congress, official Washington is now connecting the liquidation … Continue reading Surgical strikes: what attacks on Yemen and Khashoggi’s demise have in common

China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria

As Syria's civil war winds down, China is looking to establish itself as an economic, and possibly military, partner for the post-war period By Logan Pauley In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also … Continue reading China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria