Salman Rafi Sheikh

Yemen: KSA’s Deadly War That Sees No End

74d0c17e731ca925a6c9c528a3167890With third year into it, Saudi Arabia’s Yemen campaign is far from over, let alone leave an impact on the ground. This said, still if the House of Saud’s campaign has done anything, it is mostly…

Post-ISIS Geo-political Spins in the Middle E...

6534342342It had become quite obvious, even long before the end-game of ISIS had reached its culmination, that the post-Daesh era would see new geo-political alignments taking place on a scale that would necessitate burying earlier…

How the US is Bellyflopping on Iran Nuke-deal

734435234It isn’t really an unexpected thing to see happening. It isn’t coming out of the blue either. Discarding Iran nuke-deal was a central part of Trump’s presidential campaign, and the momentum now being built to undo the deal is only…

CIA’s Biggest Covert Operations Program Meets...

4421 Journal NEO CollageThe CIA’s one of the costliest covert action programs ever, worth US$ 1 billion, has officially come to an end. According to the decision, the CIA will no longer be providing funding to the “Syrian rebels.” The mainstream…

The US-Saudia Nexus is Poised to Prevent Peac...

632434234As ISIS draws to an eventual defeat in both Syria and Iraq (Syraq), the question of what will happen next has gained a lot of importance, as has become the question of who will…

The US Congress’ ‘Legislative Coup’ on Russia...

784642343The amount of attention devoted to Russia in the US, both in government circles and the media, is an unambiguous reflection of the extent to which the US foreign policy is guided by ‘Russophobia’, and thrives on this constructed…

Vying with Kurds: Turkey Opens a New Front in...

745234234The new cease-fire deal reached between the US and Russia on the sidelines of G-20 summit has rightly been declared an important step towards peace as the self-styled Islamic State is only inches from being routed from the Syrian…

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…


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