06 Mar 2020

Russia, Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

Russia and Turkey reached an agreement on a cease-fire to begin at midnight on Thursday, hopefully ending violence in northwestern Syria that has rapidly escalated over the past week. The deal will also set up a security corridor along a key highway in the Idlib province that has been a

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24 Feb 2020

Israel says it struck Islamic Jihad sites in Gaza and Syria

The Israeli military stated that it has strick Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza and Syria on Sunday in retaliation to rocket fire earlier that morning. Israel claims to have hit targets in southern Damascus, targeting an area in which Israel believes is a hub for Islamic Jihad activity. Syria has

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04 Feb 2020

Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

On Sunday, five Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel were killed by Syrian forces in the country, producing the first fatalities as a result of direct confrontation between Turkey and Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. After facing heavy artillery fire coming from the Syrian

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19 Nov 2019

Israel Intercepts Four Rockets Launched From Syria

At dawn on Tuesday, four rockets were launched from Syria towards Golan Heights, causing no critical damage but triggering air-raid sirens. The Israeli military stated that the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system and that no rockets had reached Israeli territory. At roughly the same time,

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05 Sep 2019

NYT on The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran

A recent New York Times report explores what they call a secret history of hawks seeking to advocate action against Iran. We summarize and expand a bit on that here to provide food for thought to our members since a crisis or conflict with Iran will have significant impacts on

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26 Jun 2019

Trump Threatens ‘Obliteration’ of Iran, as Sanctions Dispute Escalates

After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani referred to the White House as “mentally handicapped” on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump warned that parts of Iran would be obliterated if Tehran carried out an attack “on anything American.” Last week Trump cancelled strikes on Iranian targets in retaliation for the downing of

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25 Jun 2019

US and Iran showdown goes from terrible to worse

Tensions between the United States and Iran, which already seemed to have reached a critical point last week, escalated further on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions on the Iranian regime. In response, Iran stated that this move meant “closing (the) channel of diplomacy forever.” The sanctions,

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21 Jun 2019

Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

After Iran shot down a US military drone in the Gulf region on Thursday, US President Donald Trump approved military strikes on a number of Iranian radar and missile batteries. However, when the aircraft and ships involved in the operation were all in position, Trump abruptly cancelled the strikes. It

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28 May 2019

As Shanahan heads to Asia, Iran tensions threaten Pentagon’s ‘great power’ focus

On Tuesday, acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will travel to Asia to deliver a speech underlining the US national defense strategy that since 2018 prioritizes great-power competition with China and Russia. However, experts believe that the escalating tensions between the US and Iran could undermine the US military’s

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22 May 2019

US Americans believe war with Iran is coming: poll

A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows that the recent escalation of tensions between the US and Iran has American citizens worried that a military conflict between the two countries may be inevitable. A little over half (51%) of survey respondents believe that US and Iran will go to war within

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