The Syria Russia Dilemma

Today General Mattis met with President Trump to flesh out what could be done over the suspected chemical attacks carried out in Syria on the local population. Mattis has expressed a measured approach to the situation and has been looking at the evidence of the attack and a appropriate response.  Given that there is a lack of solid evidence to link the Assad regime carrying out the attacks this limits the scope of the response that can be carried out. The previous ineffectual response when the last attacks occurred have put Washington in a weakened position, especially with Russia threatening a response to any units[…]

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Chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta

In a re-engagement of the intense bombing campaign with the addition of chemical attacks, civilians have been the most affected in Eastern Ghouta, as Russian backed forces continued their assault on the city in continued fighting with the rebels. With civilian casualties running high most of the city is in hiding from the air and artillery bombardment including the rebels in their homes or underground shelters. Medical centres have been overwhelmed by the large amount of casualties in such a short period with doctors and aid workers pleading for help to deal with the continuing influx of injured. With the intensity of the continued bombings[…]

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Russian warships pass through English Channel to Syria

Key details: 21/10/2016 from Qatar -A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. -Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. -The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the way” while near UK waters. -The UK’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan, escorted by the Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond, steamed from Portsmouth on Tuesday to track the Kuznetsov group as it headed south from the Norwegian Sea. -The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and other Russian naval vessels are believed to be heading to the eastern Mediterranean. -It is the only carrier in the[…]

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