IS claim to have killed 5 Russian soldiers in the last 2 days

IS have released a statement claiming to have killed five Russian soldiers in the last two days during battles around Palmyra, Syria. This follows images released on the 17th March 2016 by IS of an alleged Russian soldier killed near Palmyra and equipment the soldier was carrying. Official IS statement (17 Mar 2016) - Five…Read more IS claim to have killed 5 Russian soldiers in the last 2 days

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So why is Russia pulling the ‘main part’ of it’s military out of Syria?

Vladimir Putin announced yesterday (13 Mar 2016) that the 'main part' of Russia's forces are pulling out of Syria, much to western politicians and main stream media news outlets surprise and bemusement with the narrative regarding Russia needing to be amended again. Russia's intervention in Syria primarily revolved around the the need to combat fundamentalist…Read more So why is Russia pulling the ‘main part’ of it’s military out of Syria?

After assisting each other on the battlefield previously, Division 13 and Jabhat al Nusrah are now in conflict

Jabhat al Nusrah and Jund al Aqsa have allegedly attacked the HQ of western deemed moderate group Division 13, alleging that Division 13 fighters attacked and arrested a number of it's fighters in Maarat al Numan, Idlib, Syria. Before this apparent disagreement, the two groups have assisted each other many times on the battlefield in…Read more After assisting each other on the battlefield previously, Division 13 and Jabhat al Nusrah are now in conflict

Another VBIED attack in Ankara, Turkey tonight

It is being widely reported that another VBIED attack has occurred in Ankara, Turkey, with latest alleged casualty figures of at least 34 killed and at least 125 injured. Hurriyet Daily News article (13 Mar 2016) - At least 34 killed in Ankara blast: Health minister: Quote from Hurriyet Daily News article link: 'At least…Read more Another VBIED attack in Ankara, Turkey tonight

International military maneuvers, posturing and simulated scenarios are increasing

Leaving the on going Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan, Yemen, Ukrainian and African conflicts aside for the time being, 2015 and 2016 (including those planned for 2016) have seen increased international military maneuvers, posturing and simulated scenarios to keep respective military personnel and equipment in a state of combat readiness should anything untoward occur. Is this a…Read more International military maneuvers, posturing and simulated scenarios are increasing

Jabhat al Nusrah, Jabhat Ansar al Din and Jund al Aqsa continue fighting in and around Aleppo, Syria

Fundamentalist Sunni Islamic groups Jabhat al Nusrah, Jabhat Ansar al Din and Jund al Aqsa along with many other groups continue fighting in and around Aleppo, Syria following the implementation of a temporary ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia. IS, Jabhat al Nusrah and allied groups are not part of the agreement and continue…Read more Jabhat al Nusrah, Jabhat Ansar al Din and Jund al Aqsa continue fighting in and around Aleppo, Syria