Salman Rafi Sheikh
Where does Turkey stand in the Syrian Endgame?
Whereas the mainstream western and Arab media have been claiming a ‘serious rift’ between Russia and Turkey over the death of Turkish soldiers in a Syrian offensive in Idlib, this is far from the case. While there is no gainsaying that Russian and Syrian interests do not always converge fully and that there are some […]
Russia Takes the Syrian Endgame a Step Closer to Success
In the last week of January, US Special Representative for Syria, James Jeffery, travelled to Europe to step up US economic pressure on Syria due to its ‘attacks’ on Idlib. While it may sound strange why the US would sanction Syria for its resounding successes against al-Qaeda jihadi groups, the fact of the matter is […]
What of Turkey’s intervention in Libya?
While many reports in the western main stream media claimed that Turkey’s ‘real motive’ behind its direct intervention in Libya is (a reflection of Erdogan’s obsession with) creating a neo-Ottoman empire in the region, it may not be true. Creating an ‘empire’, even if the word is not literally translated and is broadly understood as […]
What Does the US Hope to Achieve in Iraq Through Maintaining its Illegal Presence?
In 2019, when the US announced to ‘withdraw’ its forces from Syria, it did this only to relocate them to Iraq, which was, as I had written then, to become the main territory for the US military entrenchment in the region against Iran, as also Russia and China. This was decided in the wake of […]
Is Trump Covering Up his Defeat through the China-US Trade Deal?
On January 15, the US president signed a ‘historic’ trade deal with China in the White House. Strangely enough, the deal was signed by the US president himself despite the fact that his Chinese counterpart was not there. From the Chinese side, China’s Vice premier, a foreign dignitary far below in protocol, signed the deal. […]
US Actions in Iraq May Reshape the Region to its Disadvantage
Ever since Qasim Soleimani’s killing in a US drone strike in Iraq, a momentum for driving the US of the region seems to be building up. Iran, of course, is taking the lead, but the fact that other regional countries might also tap into this drive is what making it a potentially powerful geo-political whirlpool […]
How Come the “War Party” Always Wins?
A Democrat-dominated US House of Representatives voted last Thursday to adopt a legal measure aimed at curbing the US president’s powers to wage war on Iran. The measure was taken against the backdrop of an increasing US-Iranian military confrontation, reaching an extremely high level after a US air strike killed Qasim Soleimani, followed by an […]
What Will Iran’s ‘Total War’ on the US Look Like?
There is a growing threat of Iran launching ‘total war’ on the US in case of US resorting to attacking Iran, targeting its cultural locations. While such an act will in itself amount to war crimes, this will most certainly produce necessary conditions for Iran to start a war on the US in the region. […]
Soleimani’s Killing may Drive the US Out of the Region & Trump Out of Office
While General Qasim Soleimani’s death in a US air strike may apparently seem not big enough a development to start an all-out war, or even World War 3, there is no gainsaying that this deliberate attempt to escalate tensions in the region will have severe consequences. For one thing, Soleimani was no ordinary Iranian soldier, […]
US Elections: Increasing ‘Russophobia’ is the Talk of the Town
While ‘Russophobia’s is not a new phenomenon in the US, the fact that it has gained a lot of political currency due to the controversy that followed the election of president Trump in 2016 shows that this phenomenon has become a part and parcel of US domestic politics. Its major manifestation in the current scenario […]
Afghanistan: An Unwinnable Trillion-Dollar ‘War of Lies’
Nobody would have expected that one of final nails in the US Afghan war’s coffin could come from within the US itself through a revelation of ‘Afghanistan Papers’ by the Washington Post, detailing the mountain of lies that the US administrations spent years telling to sustain their war. But then such a revelation could have […]
The Geo-Politics around “Unrest” in Iran
Western officials and political pundits as well as their allies in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and Israel, have never hesitated to express their desire to see the Iranian regime falling on its feet and giving way to a pro-West ‘democracy’ to emerge, one that would provide the linchpin for Saudi hegemony in the […]