Roy Gutman, Daily Beast: As Obama Dithers, Syrian Rebels in Aleppo Brace for Putin’s Onslaught
The Russians are pursuing a strategy lifted from their playbook in Grozny during the last Chechen war, and Aleppo could soon become the new “most destroyed city on earth.”
ISTANBUL — When Russia dropped its bombshell announcement of a plan to bring “stabilization” and “assistance” to rebel-held Aleppo by emptying it of its inhabitants and its defenders, the U.S., the UN, and any number of countries working to end the war in Syria were taken aback.
Gen. Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defense minister, announced that President Vladimir Putin had issued a decree ordering a “large scale humanitarian operation” in Aleppo, which has been under siege for three weeks.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 1, 2016
The forces besieging Aleppo are counting on our indifference -- Natalie Nougayrède, The Guardian
Making sense of the 2016 summer of terror -- Ibrahim al-Marashi, Al Jazeera
The al-Qaeda playbook has lessons for the US in the war against Islamic State -- Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald
Turkey and The West: Heading for A Breakup -- William Armstrong, War on the Rocks
Did the UK leave Afghanistan's Helmand too soon? -- Jonathan Beale, BBC
Afghanistan Still Hasn’t Recovered from the Soviet Invasion -- Shawn Snow, National Interest
How big of a threat is North Korea? -- The Week editorial
Breaking the mould? South Africa at a crossroads as country goes to polls -- Jason Burke, The Guardian
Who profits as the EU militarises its borders? -- Antony Loewenstein, The National
Trump's Ukraine Gaffe Actually Makes Some Sense -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Why Russia Keeps Getting Away With Hacking America -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
Cyber Showdown: How Russian Hacking Works -- Andrei Soldatov, Foreign Affairs
The Extravagant Gamble of Rio's Olympic Mayor -- Mac Margolis, Bloomberg
Latin America's Radical Left Unravels -- Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RCW
America the basket case -- Conrad Black, National Post
Why borders matter — and a borderless world is a fantasy -- Victor Davis Hanson, L.A. Times