PS752 crash: Reports on “Tor-M1 air defense system” come into play

The crash of a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 flight PS752 in Iran unexpectedly gained additional details that require more input to be confirmed but still, given how quickly they were picked up by mass media (mostly, Russian ones), it’s impossible to simply leave them without attention. Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins today focused on a […]

As Slain General’s Funeral Ends, Iran Fires 22 Missiles At U.S. Bases In Iraq, No Casualty Report Yet

Iran fired some 22 ballistic missiles at two U.S. bases in neighboring Iraq on January 7 in retaliation for the killing of its top Gen Qassem Soleimani. The latest developments have again put the two arch enemies on a collision course that threatens to undermine the already shaken stability in the region. The Pentagon confirmed […]

Why Did The U.S. Kill Qassem Soleimani?

Executive Summary: The targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani was a major blow to the Islamic regime in Tehran. Soleimani misperceived and miscalculated Donald Trump’s intentions, took his aggressive designs a step too far, and crossed the American president’s red lines. President Trump wanted to disengage from the Middle East and showed much restraint in the […]

ISIS will “live on” in Ukraine as long as it benefits supervisors of puppet “journalists”

The issue of ISIS terrorist presence in Ukraine was one of the most favorite ones for Russian propaganda over the past few years. Through affiliated, so-called “independent” journalists and public figures, the Kremlin has been spinning a narrative that ISIS militants are fighting as part of volunteer battalions, while Ukraine is a transshipment base and […]

The Kremlin uses the Syrian campaign to reduce terrorist threat in Russia

Having intention to reduce tensions in the Caucasus and other Muslim highly concentrated regions of Russia, the Russian security services facilitated radical Russian citizens’ departure for areas of terrorist activity. Russia’s involvement in the military campaign in Syria gave Moscow green light to bring to Syria a significant number of people intending to join terrorist […]

Turkey’s Decision To Send Troops To Libya Angers Moscow, Regional Powers

Russia has condemned Turkey’s intention to send troops to Libya to support Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord of Libya, against the head of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar. “We believe that foreign interference will hardly help settle the situation but any activities to facilitate efforts to […]