Salman Rafi Sheikh

Israel: The Arabs’ Not so Secret Friend

6778Apparently, it is the persistent ISIS threat that is driving Israel and Egypt closer in the great Sinai desert, leading the former to use its air force in support of the former against the extremist elements. We have seen in last one decade or so that the global ‘war on terror’ has brought…

Why is Syria Bleeding—Again?

5644There is a lot of vendetta in the mainstream western media when it comes to reporting on the war in Syria, on the ‘brutal’ destruction of Syria at the hands of its ‘dictator’ Bashar ul Assad and the support he is getting from his allies, Russia and Iran. One is almost taken away by…

After Syria, Russia Ups the Ante in Yemen Too

R34241123In making a very significant move, Russia vetoed on last Monday a British-drafted US-led resolution on Yemen that had been designed to project Iran as a financer of ‘terrorism’ in the country that has been largely best by the invasion of Saudi led Arab coalition. While this is certainly…

The Coming of “First Northern War” in Syria

13974160957_e7ec9a51f0_bWith war into its sixth year, it is by far clear to all the actors involved in the Syrian conflict that Syria’s Assad is not “going home” now. But then this war was never about one person only; it was more about changing fundamentally the Middle East’s geo-political…

On the American Inability to Turn Turkey Arou...

T3423423While last two weeks have seen the erstwhile—and current—NATO allies, the US and Turkey, exchanging serious words of warning over Turkey’s ground and air operations against the US-backed Kurdish militias, Turkey doesn’t seem to…

Why is the Saudi Coalition Still Failing afte...

7744Despite the violent split between Yemen’s former—and now dead–leader Saleh and the Houthi rebels– two major groups involved in the Saudi imposed Yemen war who jointly fought Saudi coalition as allies for some time–the Saudi coalition has failed to take advantage of…

Why isn’t Iran opposing Turkish offensive in ...

5509While Turkey’s ‘Oliver Branch’ operation did invite an initial expression of “concern” from the Iranian officials, this expression has ever since then turned into a silent consent, followed by continued Turkish-Iranian co-operation in Syria, evident from their participation in…

Turkey’s Afrin Operation is Much More Than an...

65452343242Turkey’s latest military operation, Oliver Branch, is much more than just an embarrassment for the US; it marks a humiliating defeat for the US in the Middle East’s biggest war in the contemporary period – and potentially…

Oliver Branch: Turkey’s Bid to Modify the ‘Sy...

9900Whereas Turkey’s operation Oliver Branch is nothing short of an attack on the forces allied undoubtedly with the US, and thereby an attack on the US, this operation is as much a result of Turkey-US conflict of interests as it is aimed at modifying the US ‘end-game’ for Syria…

Why has the US ‘Changed Its Mind’ on North Ko...

DT9086856Were we to believe the official, the Trumpian, narrative on the US’ change of attitude towards North Korea and how the US has embraced North-South talks, we would end up believing that the US president Trump was previously “too tough” on North Korea and that he has only…

The US-China Trade War is More Likely Now Tha...

64ss2Ever since coming into power, the US president Donald Trump has been doing his best to live up to his promises and election pledges. This has already led to the US’ exit from the Paris agreement, the scrapping of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, and review of the US-Iran…

Iran Crisis: What It Is and What It’s N...

T6745324234What was caused by basic economic concerns was deliberately projected by the mainstream western media as the ‘making of a rebellion’ and possible revolution in Iran against Iran’s Islamic leadership itself. What was limited to certain regions only was hoped to spread to other parts of Iran and thus undo the Iranian regime. This has…


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