President Trump entering uncharted waters in Yemen | SST

Such is the Iranian influence in Iraq and Syria that US troops there would be at serious risk should the situation escalate beyond breaking point in Yemen. Short if invading Iran itself, there is not much anybody can do to leverage those asymmetric assets the Iranians now firmly hold in their hand. As for full-on invasion, a prospect that would be dear to the few the Neo-Cons who made it into the Trump administration, it would probably make “Operation Iraqi Freedom” look like the cakewalk Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said it would be !

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The CIA’s Islamist Cover Up | NYRB

The CIA is blocking the release of information because the subject remains sensitive—both for the West and the Muslim world. In Washington, the CIA could come under fire if its own archives would confirm and fill out the current sketch view of history. For the Brotherhood, amid its current re-emergence as a major political force in Egypt and other countries, it would be extremely damaging to know that illustrious figures in its history were working for the country that most exemplifies the decadent, imperialist forces it has struggled against for decades.

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Israeli Air Force launches attack against Syrian Army | AMN

On Wednesday evening, the Israeli Air Force carried out a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Golan Heights, destroying a suspected weapons warehouse in Ba’ath City.

According to locals in Khan ‘Arnabeh, an Israeli chopper traveling from the Al-Nada area of the occupied Golan Heights was responsible for carrying out the missile attack against the Syrian Arab Army.

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Without Effort, Russia Restricted the Strongest Air Force in the Middle East | Haaretz

Ever since it destroyed Syria’s anti-aircraft systems in 1982, Israel’s air force has enjoyed absolute aerial superiority (and therefore, almost complete freedom of action) on the northern front. But that effectively ended the moment Russia decided to beef up its aerial defenses around Tartus. Almost without effort, the Russians managed to restrict the strongest air force in the Middle East.

New Russian systems in Syria track every Israeli fighter right on takeoff, thus limiting operational freedom against Hezbollah

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