Salman Rafi Sheikh

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…

Trump is Raising the Stakes in the anti-Russi...

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As confrontation between the US president and the US-establishment continues to unfold with regard to the US’ Russia policy, the outcome of this confrontation seems nothing but a revival of a sort of cold war rhetoric. Clearly…

Turkey Starts Playing Dangerous Games in Syri...

56324234234324As Erdogan inches closer to bringing a fundamental transformation to Turkey’s political system, his foreign policy is also starting to show signs of a big reversal. It seems that Turkey’s “NATO memory” is back and is forcing it to…

US in Deep Turmoil as Trump Confronts the Est...

353423423423423With the departure of the Trump’s national security adviser, political crisis in the US has only depended and is likely to exacerbate into a full-fledged struggle for power and control between Trump and what some call ‘deep-state’…

Is There Anything New About Trump’s Middle Ea...

435342342342While Donald Trump is apparently busy in re-defining the US approach to the Middle East, the so-called new policy may not be that new. After all, those preparing this policy and those advising the president on the region were…

NATO’s “Success” in Libya, ISIS Replaces Gadd...

4532423421Third week of February marked 6th anniversary of ‘popular’ up-rising in Libya that ultimately led to the overthrow of Gaddafi regime. Thanks to NATO’s intervention and the chaos it left behind, today’s Libya lies in ruins, over-run…

Trump’s U-turn Promises Co-operation With Chi...

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The Trump administration has changed its previous stance on ‘One China.’ This is pretty evident from various statements issued by Trump and his team and the positive response these statements have received from China. Moving…

Beware of Trump’s Double-game in the Middle E...

43532434234While the Trump administration has been tacitly showing off its willingness to start a new, and a better, phase of relations with Russia, the policy the new administration is chalking out towards the Middle East in general…

As Russia Builds Up, NATO Readies its Arms Ou...

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Just as the emergence of a “pro-Russian” Donald Trump has sent waves of uncertain future of NATO, the rise of Russia and its massive military and economic build up has also added to the ‘fears’ of European allies of the US…


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