The Middle East remains one of the most turbulent regions on the planet. The interventions of the west, shifting influence of regional powers, and resurgence in religious fundamentalism have created a perfect storm of change and growth.
A U.S. Special Forces Soldier with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan and Afghan National Army Commandos with the 3rd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak move toward a compound during a clearance operation in Bahlozi, Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Jan. 1, 2014. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores, U.S. Army/Released)
Syria: US and Russian special forces fight a shadow war
Russia announces that it will increase its commitment of ground forces through the deployment of Special Forces (Spetznaz) soldiers into the region. As ISIL’s hold on the region continues to crumble, the competing coalition of American and Russian led troops are increasingly coming into contact on the battlefield.
Across the region:
Yemen: MSF hospitals bombed by Saudi warplanes
Medicines Sans Frontieres has announced that it is withdrawing its support within Northern Yemen. It comes after a fourth air-strike by Saudi warplanes on its facilities killed doctors and patients alike.
Houthi fighters in police uniform guard outside the presidential palace in Sanaa February 6, 2015. Source: Reuters
A Southern People’s Resistance militant loyal to Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi mans an anti-aircraft machine gun the militia seized from the army in al-Habilin, in Yemen’s southern province of Lahej March 22, 2015
Yemen: a crumbling peace
Largely ignored by western media, the situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. More than six thousand people have died in the conflict, and another ten million are food insecure, placing the country on a verge of a humanitarian crisis. As the UN holds yet another round of negotiations with the hope of finally ending its year old civil war, we look at the fuel that has fed tensions for more than a decade.
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The Syrian Civil War
US Army Rangers, assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, prepare for extraction from their objective during Task Force Training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 (Photo: US Army / Spc. Steven Hitchcock)
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US Forces deployed into Syria, ISIS’ Capital cut-off
The Syrian Civil War seems to be entering its end game. The United States has escalated its involvement in the war with the deployment of ground forces deep into the heart of the crumbling ISIS caliphate.
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A dive into the digital foot print of an Islamic State soldier. [Warning, graphic content].
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Iraq and Afghanistan
Médecins Sans Frontières medical personnel treat civilians injured following an offensive against Taliban militants by Afghan and coalition forces, at the MSF hospital in Kunduz. Photograph: MSF/AFP/Getty Images
An injured civilian is seen lying on the hood of a military vehicle as Afghan security forces prepare to transport him to safety after a battle with the Taliban in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2015. Reuters
epa04465924 Afghan security officials take position outside the building of a local attorney general in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 27 October 2014. At least eight people, including the four perpetrators, were killed during a Taliban attack on the office of a local attorney general in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. The victims included two policemen and two prosecutors. Three policemen and three prosecutors were also injured in the attack, which was claimed by the Taliban. EPA/NASIR WAQIF
Afghanistan: Bombing our own doctors
During their assault to retake the Afghan town of Kunduz, US led forces authorized an attack on a hospital. It’s confirmed that they knew it was staffed by foreign doctors from Medicines Sans Frontiers, but no one has been held accountable.
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