The United States said it was halting deliveries to Turkey related to the F-35 stealth fighter jet program and warned that Turkish participation in the manufacture of the aircraft was at risk after the NATO ally purchased Russia’s S-400 air and missile defense system. “The United States has been clear that Turkey’s acquisition of the…

Newly promoted General Kenneth F. McKenzie on Thursday, March 28 took over the leadership of United States Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East including the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan. At a ceremony led by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, McKenzie pledged to continue the work done by his predecessor,…

The fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria “is far from over,” General Joseph Votel, head of the American forces in the Middle East, said Thursday in Washington. “Recent observations by our men and women on the ground show that the IS population evacuated from the last remnants of the Caliphate (in Baghouz,…

Russia will commence delivering its advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile defense system to Turkey next year, a report says, much to the ire of Ankara’s NATO allies, particularly the United States. On Tuesday, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport as announcing the news, adding that the state intermediary agency would also switch…

ISIS is actively regrouping and is regenerating more quickly in Iraq than in Syria, the US-led operation against the insurgent group has warned in a new report. Even as US-backed forces battle for the last pockets of ISIS-controlled territory in Syria, the Operation Inherent Resolve quarterly report on the campaign says that the group could…

US President Donald Trump has warned that he would devastate Turkey economically if it attacks the US allies in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). “[We] will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. He signaled of creating a 20-mile safe zone across the Syrian Kurdistan border with Turkey so as to protect the…

(David Nassar) Are Riyadh and Abu Dhabi advancing a pawn on the regional scene? The Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported on 20 November that Saudi and Emirati troops were deployed east of the Euphrates in Syrian territories under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters dominated by…

At least 500,000 people have died in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since the United States launched the “war on terror” after the September 11 attacks, according to a study released on Thursday. The report of the Watson Institute for International Relations at Brown University (Rhode Island) mentions a death toll of 480,000 to 507,000, specifying…