The battle for Mosul. April 2017 | Colonel Cassad

The storm itself still comes down to the painfully long sweeps of neighborhoods in the North-Western part of the city with slow but inexorable progress. In the optimistic scenario, this will be done by May. In the pessimistic one, it will until July be delayed (repeating the scenario of Sirte, the last pocket of resistance on the coast was finished after 3 months), although with the exhaustion of ammunition and explosives for the attacks of suicide bombers, the resistance of the fighters will weaken.

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The war in Syrian Kurdistan | Colonel Cassad

Despite the fact that the Americans showed the flag on the Syrian-Turkish border in Rojava, clashes between Kurds and Turks continued, and on both sides of the border. In Turkey, the army conducts regular operations in mountainous areas against the Kurdistan workers ‘ Party, reporting the killed PKK members and seized weapons. The Kurds in turn report that attempts to ground the activity of the Turkish army in ‘ Afrīn turned losses of the Turks in the form of several destroyed and damaged armored vehicles (judging by the video, that the Turks at lost at least 2 M-60) and from 17 to 24 killed and wounded.

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Alexander Dugin: Azerbaijan in the New Geopolitical Picture of the Caucasus

Two geopolitical strategies – the Eurasian and the Atlantic – in relation to the Caucasus are mutually exclusive . Here, as in chess, you can not play both “for whites” and “for blacks . ” Therefore, the republics of the South Caucasus have a certain freedom of choice. It is quite obvious that none of them has sufficient geopolitical potential to pretend to play in the new conditions – the rules of the game are determined knowingly, and it is possible to choose only a camp and complicity in a particular strategy. This is the moment of geopolitical freedom in strictly defined frames .

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Briefly on the Middle East | Colonel Cassad

In Northern Hama the front has stabilized. The militants went after the failures of mid-April, fell back to the area of Lataminah and Morek, which is reflected in the rate of advance of the SAA, which is now bogged down in battles for the towns South of Lataminah and South-East of Morek. If in these fights, SAA will be able to grind the main forces of the militants, before the Syrians will open good prospects associated with access to the Central regions of Idlib.

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Kurds blow up Turkish radar station, Turks prepare to attack | AMN

With many Turkish airstrikes hitting Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria again today, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) responded on Thursday afternoon by destroying a Turkish radar station across the border from Tall Abyad.

The Turkish Armed Forces have reportedly drawn up plans to capture the Kurdish-held town of Tall Abyad and bring it under rebel control in a cross-border offensive comparable to the Euphrates Shield offensive last year.

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A stab in the back | Colonel Cassad

The Americans are now trying to extinguish the conflict, as fighting between Kurds and Turks, may hinder the implementation of the plans associated with preparing a direct assault on Raqqa. Through a network of military bases deployed South of Kobani and Qamishli, the U.S. continues to drive to Raqqa various military and civil engineering machinery (like SOF and 75th regiment of the Rangers, and for SDF/YPG), but the previously announced time frame of the assault of Raqqa already obviously moved because of the profound losses in the fighting on the southern Bank of the Euphrates, and the lack of heavy equipment, as well as the protracted siege of Tabqa.

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Why Paul Wolfowitz Is Optimistic About Trump | PODCAST

“I think there is a fantastic opportunity here. It’s only a first step, it’s only an opportunity,” he says of Trump’s surprise decision to unloose an American Tomahawk missile strike in Syria after President Bashar Assad’s regime again unleashed chemical weapons on civilians, a strike that turned Wolfowitz and many of his fellow neoconservatives into unlikely cheerleaders for the actions of an administration they had previously viewed as a threat.

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