Lt Col Rick Francona, USAF (Ret)
February 10, 2018
Iran-Israel confrontation in Syria - more to come
Israeli Air Force F-16I "Sufa" of 253 Squadron at Ramon Air Base There has been ample reporting on the events of the day, but a...
February 2, 2018
The Turks and the Kurds - creating a self-fulfilling prophecy
The Turks are now two weeks into their so-called campaign to "eradicate terrorists" inside northern Syria. By terrorists, they ar...
January 26, 2018
Turkey - Operation Olive Branch: how far will they go?
Turkish tanks entering 'Afrin canton, Syria First - and remember this as we go through this - for Turkey, it's about the Kurds. T...
January 17, 2018
Syria - the coming showdown between the United States and Turkey
Most people's eyes now glaze over when Syria is mentioned. It is confusing - just look at the above map. It is confusing even to those ...
January 13, 2018
Is there a fix to the flawed Iran nuclear deal?
Perpetrators of the JCPOA - April 2015 On January 12, President Donald Trump issued a statement about his planned actions to address what...
January 5, 2018
Syrian rebels attack Russian air base - a wake up call
Damaged Russian Air Force Su-24 fighter-bombers On December 31, 2017, Syrian rebels attacked, probably with mortars, a Syrian air base us...
December 27, 2017
Want to be a martyr? Reserve here!
Post on Hay'at al-Tahrir al-Sham website The al-Qa'idah affiliated hay'at tahrir al-sham (هيئة تحرير الشام) - translated as...
December 16, 2017
Iranian weapons in Yemen - is anyone surprised?
Wreckage of an Iranian-made Qiam missile recovered in Saudi Arabia At Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters in Washington, U.S. Ambass...
December 11, 2017
Russia to withdraw troops from Syria? Hardly....
Humaymim air base, Syria - Defense Minister Fahd al-Frayj and President Bashar al-Asad with Russian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Serge...
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...
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