Syrian Civil War
Will it be ‘business as usual’ or ‘hell hath no fury like a Putin scorned’?
The post-Paris spirit of détente on global terrorism has proven short-lived.
By amplifying the threat of Islamic State, the Paris attacks have opened the door for a Western compromise on the fate of Syria President Bashar al-Assad.
Interventions by the United States and Russia are achieving the opposite of their intended effect in the Middle East.
Russia’s recent airstrikes in Syria have led to a whole new situation on the ground in the protracted Syrian civil war, seemingly bringing further chaos in their wake.
According to the US State Department, over 90% of Russian airstrikes so far have not targeted ISIS.
Recent moves in Syria afford Putin even more leverage over EU governments reeling from the refugee crisis.
A mix of cooperation and disagreement prevails as the Russian military wades into the mire of the Syrian civil war.
With the fundamental problems of the Syrian civil war growing in number, Iraq is critical to revamping the US’ Middle East strategy.
Russia’s deepening support for the Assad regime has some experts puzzled.