Salman Rafi Sheikh

The US-Israel are Using Syria Ceasefire to Fo...

56324234234The US-Russia brokered ceasefire agreement, like other such agreements reached in the past, is in place now. This is, however, not a straightforward path to peace in Syria as doubts remain and mutual antagonism continues to be in…

Iran Ups the Ante in Syria: What’s the Messag...

NEO CollageAfter the US shot down a second Iran made armed drone on Syria and a Syrian jet in a separate case in last two weeks, Iran responded with a direct missile strike on an ISIS command centre in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor…

Washington’s Devastating Next-stage of ...

745435234324All the US has to offer to the people of Syria is not hope but destruction, not peace but war, a war that is no longer—and never was—just about Syria. With the passage of time, the actual nature of the war imposed on Syria has…

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…


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