Palmyra: 20 centuries of destruction and restoration

After several weeks of fighting, the glorious historical city of Palmyra is once again under the control of the Syrian government (27 March 2016), it is counting the wounds caused by ISIS terrorists. From the first days the city was recaptured, archaeologists and experts from the Russian Hermitage museum made their way to Syria in order... Continue Reading →

Syria: double deals and iconic moves

A sound indication of political convergence -rather than prevalence of a single stakeholder- lies beneath the announced partial withdrawal of Russia’s military forces in Syria. The move came right upon the warning by the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, that there would be no plan B in case the peace talks fail.... Continue Reading →

Erdogan “gambles” in Iraq

No more than a few weeks passed after the downing of the Russian Su-24 at the Turkish-Syrian border and the Turks have shifted their attention east.  Ankara's move to send a notable military force of 400 men of the 3rd Siirt Brigade, along with 25 M60A3 tanks and artillery to the Bashiqa camp - a... Continue Reading →

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