Bizarre ‘anti-ISIS’ operating zone planned on Syrian border has U.S. military stumped

Interesting times.

Turkish tank patrols the border near Suruc.  (Image: AP via EKurd)
Turkish tank patrols the border near Suruc. (Image: AP via EKurd)

What lies beyond surreal?  Whatever it is, America is about to probe its depths, unless something intervenes to prevent the implementation of a U.S.-Turkish accord that would allow American forces to use Turkish air bases for strikes in Syria.

The U.S. has for months been seeking permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik air base in the campaign against Islamic State.  Incirlik is a Cold War-era base from which U.S. air forces have operated for years.  But Turkey has been selective about its use in the post-1991 period (prohibiting American use, notoriously, for the 2003 invasion of Iraq).

After the terrorist attack on the border town of Suruc, Turkey on 20 July – linked to Islamic State – Obama and Erdogan reportedly agreed in a phone call to bring Turkey into the campaign against ISIS, and begin operating American military aircraft in that fight from Turkish bases. Continue reading “Bizarre ‘anti-ISIS’ operating zone planned on Syrian border has U.S. military stumped”

Most likely direction of Yemen war may not be the one you think

Interesting times.

Ammo storage site under attack in Aden, 28 Mar. (Image: Reuters via CBC)
Ammo storage site under attack in Aden, 28 Mar. (Image: Reuters via CBC)

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Magic wand: U.S. intel egregiously whitewashes Iran in latest threat assessment

The Kilz Memorandum.

Painting fences.  (Image: Reuters, Kevin Lamarque via Salon)
Painting fences. (Image: Reuters, Kevin Lamarque via Salon)

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Bibi, Iran’s nukes, and military force in a changed Middle East

Game change.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the march. (Image: AFP via Der Spiegel)
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the march. (Image: AFP via Der Spiegel)

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An Iranian nuclear weapons program in what used to be ‘Syria’

Enlarging the footprint of the prohibited and frozen Iranian nuclear program.

Hezbollah: the victors of the Battle of Qusayr - site of a suspected nuclear facility - celebrate in 2013. (Image via Mondoweiss)
Hezbollah: the victors of the Battle of Qusayr – site of a suspected nuclear facility – celebrate in 2013. (Image via Mondoweiss)

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