The official account for the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed that coalition warplanes struck pro-government forces near al-Tanf area near the Syria-Iraq border "posing a threat to US partner forces".Read More
Overnight the US Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.Read More
Comments coming out of the Pentagon today have raised questions about whether US promises to protect its ground forces constitutes a No Fly Zone.Read More
Heavy fighting has continued for a 4th day in Hasakah in Northeast Syria between regime forces and Kurdish fighters.Read More
House GOP and Democrats find that CENTCOM manipulated intel on the US fight against ISIS, contradicting internal analysis, in reports released this week.Read More
The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of tanks and armored recovery vehicles (ARVs) to Saudi Arabia.Read More
The United States announced that it will only commit one battalion to the NATO mission against Russian influence in Eastern Europe, going against their previous promises to commit two battalions to the mission.Read More
Updates and latest news on the offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to take the strategic town of Manbij from ISIS. US Special Forces as well as Coalition aircraft are assisting in this operation.Read More
Several months after the U.S. State Department announced the approval of a sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, the potential deal has hit a snag. Islamabad wants to move forward with the purchase using a U.S. subsidy, but the United States government – under pressure from the Congress – has ruled that option out.Read More
This week the US Department of Defense announced that it would send an additional 250 troops to Syria to serve in non-combat support roles, marking the beginning of a deeper US involvement in country's ongoing civil war.Read More
Over the course of the last week however the ceasefire has collapsed and northern Syria has been plunged back into full-scale fighting.Read More
Only a few days into the so-called ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria, it appears fighting is once again ramping up.Read More
Photographic evidence has emerged of Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria with US-supplied Javelin anti-tank missiles.Read More
Die jüngsten Entwicklungen zeigen jedoch, dass die Kurden nach wie vor an der Seite der USA zu stehen scheinen. Erst heute ist ein Foto kurdischer Kämpfer mit einer Javelin Panzerabwehrrakete aufgetaucht.Read More
While the war in Syria started as a traditional civil war, in recent years it has taken on a very international dimension. A wide variety of international countries are overtly or covertly supporting their favored groups and sides in the conflict. As well, some nations are now using air power and even limited ground troops in order to swing the war in their favor. Combined with this conflict spilling over into Iraq in 2014, the situation is very complicated indeed. The infographic below seeks to make sense of the tangled web of alliances and military support in Syria and Iraq, between local fighting groups and outside countries. Within the infographic, light green indicates diplomatic support and dark green indicates direct military support. On the other hand, orange indicates diplomatic opposition, and red represents direct aggressive military action.
As well, it is important to note that this graphic shows official diplomatic and military support rather than covert operations or unofficial military support.
By Thomas C. Baron Barack Obama is firmly into his final year as President of the United States and with his time increasingly limited, the country's allies and enemies are growing aware that they will soon be dealing with a new Commander in Chief. For Israel’s Prime Minister, this provides an opportunity to secure more funds from Washington than Obama may have been otherwise willing to provide.