Syria SITREP November 8th, 2015 by John Rambo

Before I get to this SITREP I’d like to note the Middle East right now is dealing with highly unusual weather. Storm after storm, and fallouts from the storms in the region have created torrential rains and flash floods everywhere. Areas like Gaza, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, parts of Iraq and Saudi Arabia are all witnessing strange and out-of-place weather. Basically if an area is adjacent to a river or the

Syria SITREP November 2nd, 2015 by Scott

November 3, 2015 – News Alert: Syrian Army and Hezbollah Enter Rebel Stronghold in Southern Aleppo [source] It has been a long and arduous journey for the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah in southern Aleppo, but it appears their persistency and patience has officially paid off, as they captured the eastern entrance of Al-Hadher after intense firefights with the Islamist rebels from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen

Yemen Libya Egypt Israel SITREP October 31st, 2015 by John Rambo

Yemen: • Yemen has never been a stable country, even prior to the Arab Spring. • Currently the war is between the Houthis (supported by Iran) in the north against Hadi-loyalists (supported by Saudi-Arabia and co.) in the south and ISIL/AQAP in the east. • The Arab Spring allowed Houthi Shias in the north of Yemen to mobilize just like the rest of the region. • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian

Ukraine SITREP November 9th, 22:25 UTC/Zulu: A creeping conflict

There is an interesting word in Russian: вялотекущий.  It can be translated as “creeping” or “sluggish”.  It is composed of the word вяло which means “lethargically”, or “torpidly” or “apathetic” and текущий which means to flow, to progress.  This word comes to my mind when looking at the war in the Ukraine, it is progressing towards some kind of worsening, but it does so in a slouching, slowly creeping way.Novorussian