Salman Rafi Sheikh

Despite Rapprochement, Turkey-Russia Relation...

43323213123While a year has passed since Turkey shot down a Russian jet in Syria and while a few months have passed since the beginning of rapprochement between both…

Yemen’s Seventh Truce: Turning Tragedy Into F...

2312321434234With six previous attempts to observe truce having already failed to mitigate the intensity of the crisis, the US brokered seventh truce has yet again—and unsurprisingly—failed to end the fighting in Yemen where the death toll…

“Rebel Unity” Fails Amid Aleppo’s Fall

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What had once been called a “jewel of Syrian rebellion” by the West is now facing its collapse. Aleppo now stands to fall back to the Syrian government forces, and with is likely to come one of the biggest symbolic and territorial…

Curious Alliances Taking Place Amid Mosul Ope...

32423231231As it always happens, a major military offensive in a country where multiple interests collide and converge, alliances take place. Some new are formed and some old suffer a set-back. Iraqi army’s operation in Mosul, the erstwhile…

Raqqa Operation is Aimed at Denying Syria Pea...

423423231231Making a very interesting, yet a serious, move, the US has announced operation “Euphrates Anger”, to be conducted by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of different US-backed militias, to re-take the city of Raqqa…

Israel is Becoming Pivotal to China’s Mid-Eas...

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While China is silently playing an important role in the mitigation of the conflict in the Middle East, which is an important market for the Chinese goods, continuously deteriorating security situation, marred by the presence…

Libya is a Complete Western Disaster, Finds a...

435342312312312Three years ago, NATO declared that the mission in Libya had been “one of the most successful in NATO history.” Today, this statement is a proven lie that was fed to the public at large in the West. A recently published…

The re-taking of Mosul: What’s the long the a...

231231231231To any neutral observer of the events happening in the Middle East, the battle for re-taking the city of Mosul by the Iraqi forces, aided by the US military “advisers”, from the Islamic State does appear to be the departing US…

On Putin-Erdogan Meeting in Syria—What is Hap...

34231231231While a number of decisions worth leaving critical imprints on regional situation were taken, as was being expected, in a highly significant meeting between Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan…

The US ‘Plan B’ Means Non-Cooperation with Ru...

3242312321312While the on-and-off episodes of co-operation have certainly left a very negative impact on the state of war in Syria—the latest episode leading to a lot of military and political escalation in and around the city of Aleppo…

Syrian Escalation: A US Way to Avert Defeat

24234123123While the US has suspended co-operation in bi-lateral channels with Russia over Syria and that it has explicitly threatened it with more “body bags”, the underlying and unstated objective of this frenzied behaviour and a sustained…

Erdogan is Using PKK as Cover to Corner the K...

4342342342342While Turkey’s official narrative, with regard to the scope of operation Euphrates Shield’, is centred on eliminating the ‘militant’ PKK, ground realities hardly confirm it, and instead show that Erdogan’s current drive is mainly…


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