USA: Clumsy puppet master in the Middle East

The US military reportedly plans to launch an offensive against ISIS in Raqqa -- the Syrian city that serves as the jihadist "caliphate's" de facto capital -- "within weeks," according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, "and not many weeks." But while the US is quick to point out that it is leading a coalition in … Continue reading USA: Clumsy puppet master in the Middle East

Patching up differences in the Gray Zone

While US Special Forces are "not on the forward line" in the fight to take back Raqqa from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a Pentagon spokesman, they are certainly close. Photos from Agence France-Presse published on Thursday, in fact, show US forces in the Syrian village of Fatisah not only … Continue reading Patching up differences in the Gray Zone