Salman Rafi Sheikh

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…

Rouhani’s Russia Visit Comes at a Sensitive T...

674352344The recent visit by Iran’s Hassan Rouhani to Russia has once again underscored how essential both countries remain for each other in the Syria war that is still far from a decisive end. To that extent, both countries are…

Trump’s Syria Strategy is in Place Now

5645324324The Trump administration is likely to increase the number of its military force in Syria. According to reports appearing in the Western media, induction of fresh troops will take the number of deployed troops to 1,000. In addition…

SIGAR Report Notes US Failures in Afghanistan

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A report of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), especially prepared for the US Congress and the Trump administration, finds what should be called a magnanimous failure of the US in achieving any of…

Behind Confrontation With Iran Lies the US ‘G...

645342342343As was expected even during Donald Trump’s election campaign, US-Iran relations are touching the lowest ebb—again. While the nuke-deal is still very much intact, the new confrontation, however, is part of the new US game-plan for Syria, where the Islamic Republic has…

Turkey Risks Isolation as it Approaches Manji...

5645234324Despite the success of the combined forces of Russia, Syria and Iran in Syria against Daesh and other terror networks, the war in Syria is intensifying. This intensification, however, is not due to the continued existence and strength of…


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