Northern Syria after Turkish intervention
Turkey’s decision to intervene in Syria has demolished U.S. plans to press home the ground war against Daesh. Ankara must now decide whether to respect an American-sponsored cease-fire or venture deeper into Syria to break up the emerging Kurdish autonomous zone. If they choose the latter course, as seems likely, ...
Daesh war status report: July 2016
Daesh has suffered an unbroken series of military defeats in recent months – in Syria, Iraq and Libya. But with every victory on the battlefield, strains among its opponents have grown, giving the “caliphate” an opening to exploit. Daesh’s most effective weapon remains terrorist attacks on Europe, which can be ...
Iraq: between democracy and failed state
Iraqi democracy has been more or less written off by the West. Combating its political gridlock, sectarianism and corruption will be harder than defeating Daesh. The best way Baghdad can start solving these problems is to strike a deal to retake Mosul.