Lt Col Rick Francona, USAF (Ret)
August 16, 2017
Iranian Air Force operations in Syria's Idlib governorate
Translation of the caption on the video: "Watch as packages of food and medical supplies are dropped to the besieged towns of Kafarya...
August 15, 2017
North Korean M1978 Koksan Gun - the Iranian angle
Captured Koksan gun at the al-Suwayrah artillery depot, Iraq - 1988 (my photo) The world's attention remains focused on North Korea ...
July 7, 2017
A ceasefire in southwest Syria - genesis of a Trump Administration policy on Syria?
Southwest Syria The United States and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria which will take effect at noon on July 9. Jor...
July 3, 2017
After the recapture of Mosul, what's next?
"The al-Hawayjah Pocket" The Iraqi government's hard-fought battle for the recapture of the city of Mosul is nearing its en...
June 27, 2017
Syria - Would Bashar al-Asad use chemical weapons again?
Sha'yrat air base, Syria - damage from April 6 U.S. missile strike Last night, the White House released a statement indicating that t...
June 25, 2017
Saudi Arabia - King Salman names his son as crown prince
Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin 'Abd al-'Aziz Al Sa'ud There was a subtle but major shakeup in the diwan (royal court) ...
June 18, 2017
U.S. downing of Syrian Air Force aircraft - why are the Syrians attacking the SDF?
Syrian Air Force SU-22M3 at Dumayr Air Base In the mid-afternoon hours of June 18, a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet shot down...
June 8, 2017
An alliance between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government?
Linkup of Syrian regime and SDF forces west of al-Raqqah After weeks of fighting, elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the...
May 27, 2017
Syrian regime gains in southeastern Syria - another blow to the opposition
The May 18 U.S. Air Force air strike on a group of Syrian Army and Iranian-backed Iraqi militia forces in southeastern Syria has drawn atte...
May 26, 2017
Memorial Day - 2017
Note: I wrote this in 2007 while a military analyst at NBC News. The situation has changed a bit, but I think the sentiment still is true to...
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