Friday, June 9, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 9, 2017

This Tuesday, March 7, 2017 frame grab from video shows US forces patrol on the outskirts of the Syrian town, Manbij, a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters and US-backed Kurdish fighters, in al-Asaliyah village, Aleppo province, Syria. (Arab 24 network)

Ilan Goldenberg and Nicholas A. Heras, The Atlantic: Is America Getting Sucked Into More War in Syria?

The Trump administration has quietly escalated against Assad and his allies—and risks sparking regional chaos.

While Washington was fixated this week by former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, on the other side of the planet, a major story was playing out that could have profound consequences for the United States.

Three times in the last month, the U.S. military has come into direct conflict with the combined forces of the Assad regime, Iran-supported Shiite militias, Hezbollah, and possibly even Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The clashes have reportedly resulted in the deaths of a small number of pro-regime forces, and are much more strategically important than the much-ballyhooed U.S. air strike on the al-Shayrat airfield back in April in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 9, 2017

The Islamic State’s Fallback -- Jacob Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

Qatar vs. Saudi Arabia: How Iran and the Brotherhood Tore the Gulf Apart -- David Andrew Weinberg, National Interest

Why Qatar won't let a crisis turn into a disaster -- Wang Lei, CGTN

What is fuelling Islamic State's wave of Ramadan violence? -- Jason Burke, The Guardian

Islamic State killings: sign of things to come for China in Pakistan? -- Tom Hussain, South China Morning Post

How the China-North Korea equation is changing -- The Economist

Russia's Oil Bargain With Iran Has Political Overtones -- Matthew Bodner, Moscow Times

Missing From Comey's Fireworks: Trump-Russia Collusion -- Bloomberg editorial

Comey Served at the Pleasure of Himself -- George Neumayr, American Spectator

Comey's testimony shows: the impeachment machine is warming up -- Richard Wolffe, The Guardian

No-one likes Trump, I don’t care -- David Goldman, Asia Times

5 takeaways from the UK election -- Charlie Cooper, Politico

EU fears Brexit delay, uncertainty after shock UK vote -- Alistair MacDonald, Asia Times

Theresa May's Disastrous Failure -- Bloomberg editorial

Theresa May’s failed gamble -- The Economist

Theresa May is right to stay. For now. -- John Lloyd, Reuters

By staying in office, UK’s Theresa May courts disaster -- Peter Apps, Reuters

Jeremy Corbyn's Achievement -- John Cassidy, New Yorker

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