Lt Col Rick Francona, USAF (Ret)
November 23, 2017
American presence in post-ISIS Syria - not likely
U.S. troops in northern Syria supporting Syrian Democratic Forces According to media reports, the Trump Administration is exploring opti...
October 27, 2017
Turkish and Iraqi cooperation against the Kurds
Semalka border crossing near Faysh Khabur Now that the last areas held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are being retaken, t...
October 15, 2017
The impending fall of al-Raqqah - then what?
It is only a matter of time before elements of the U.S.-backed and supported Syrian Democratic Front (SDF) complete the liberation of the c...
October 11, 2017
Designating the IRGC a terrorist organization - it's about time
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari It is expected that President Donald Trump will add Iran&...
October 9, 2017
Is anyone else growing weary of Turkey's Erdoğan?
The increasing tensions between the United States and Turkey - both nominally NATO allies - reached a new level with both sides suspending ...
October 6, 2017
Trump and the Iranian nuclear deal - did Tehran just blink?
President Trump with senior military officers and spouses at the White House Analysts and journalists around the world are trying to dec...
September 20, 2017
Syrian and Iraqi coordinated operations against ISIS
Syrian, Iraqi and SDF operations against ISIS Slowly but surely, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being ejected from its rem...
September 15, 2017
ISIS claims responsibility for London underground attack
As we have come to expect following terrorist attacks around the world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility f...
September 13, 2017
The Syrian-SDF assault on Dayr al-Zawr - a cooperative effort?
The two-pronged assault on Dayr al-Zawr Forces of the Syrian government and its allies have broken the siege on the eastern city of Dayr ...
September 1, 2017
IAEA access to Iranian military sites - nuclear deal breaker?
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry The above photograph was taken in 2015 during the final negot...
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