Salman Rafi Sheikh

How Clueless is the West about What has Happe...

2342312312Libya is now central to Manchester bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores of others. Since the bombers’ identification as a Libyan, the country has been making headlines as the exporter of terrorism, providing man-power…

Blockade or no Blockade? Saudia’s ‘Mission-Qa...

3412312312Speaking to the media in his latest tour to the US, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister insisted that there was no blockade of Qatar, yet he insisted that the latter…

Gulf Crisis leaves open big cracks in Saudia’...

4277333The diplomatic spate, engulfing the Gulf States, have left wide open cracks in the otherwise all-Sunni house, led by Saudi Arabia. It appears that the Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) has set Qatar…

NATOizing Arab: Selling Weapons and Buying Wa...

864534334If there ever was even an iota of doubt about the Ismaic Military Alliance (IMA) being an anti-terror coalition, it was effectively put to rest during the US-Arab-Islamic summit recently held…

Is the US Revisiting its Syria Policy by Part...

3634234234The Syria crisis has seen too many actors playing different yet identical games just as it has seen too many twists, taking place on pretty regular intervals. Whereas the last month (April) saw the proverbial demonization of Assad…

Trump’s Saudia Visit is the Start of an Old G...

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Donald Trump’s up-coming visit to Saudi Arabia is likely to see him granting a de-facto recognition to the Islamic Military Alliance (IMA), or the so-called “Arab Nato.” This, however, is far from…

Turkey’s Power-flaunt Fails to Dissuade the U...

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Recent Turkish air raid on Kurdish militias, which killed a number of YPG fighters, was as much a continuity of its hostile policy vis-à-vis the Kurds as a signal to its Western allies, the NATO…

Who’s Benefitting From Trump’s Jerky Foreign ...

76345453453Trump’s much-hyped missile strike on Syria is already looking like a part of forgotten history, thanks to the frequent jerks the US officials continue to give to whatever they…

What Comes After the US Missile Strike in Syr...

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After experiencing a lot of hype after the missile strike, we have reached a point where the US seems to have nothing to offer to the people of Syria except support for the powers that have played a central role in fomenting…

Tillerson’s Vague Plan for Syria has Serious ...

45634123213While we did get a hint about Trump’s new strategy for Syria when the US decided, only a few weeks ago, to send more troops to Syria, no clear cut objectives were laid out at that time. However, it is quite obvious that the US is…

Russia was the Actual Target of America’...

45324213213An absurd array of analysis has emerged, following the US airstrike on a Syrian airfield, ranging from hailing the US for its valiance to holding Assad responsible for putting an unnecessary burden on its people to meet his…

Sino-US Trade War is Unlikely to Cool Down

5462342343As China’s Xi Jinping is visiting Washington, the US-China relations have seen a dramatic twist on the question of North Korea’s nuclear programme. While North Korea remains a contentious issue on its own, it is the Sino-US trade…


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