A collection of 6 posts
What Has Russia Gained in Syria?
Regular Blogs of War and Covert Contact contributor William J. Tucker joins me after a long break to discuss Russia’s intervention in Syria. Why are they there, what were their true motives, what have they gained, and where does this action fit in the context of Russia’s long-standing
ISIS Declares Caliphate - Rebrands as "The Islamic State"
It was clear that ISIS was on a mad dash to consolidate power. They have worked overtime to leverage the spoils of war, new recruits and recent territorial gains. But yesterday’s announcement makes it exceedingly clear that they are going all-in on this one. And, lest you have any
Syria's S-300 Air Defense System in Perspective
William J. Tucker [https://blogsofwar.com/tag/william-tucker/] serves as a senior security representative to a major government contractor where he acts as the Counterintelligence Officer, advises on counterterrorism issues, and prepares personnel for overseas travel. His additional duties include advising his superiors in matters concerning emergency management and business
Phillip Smyth on Syria
Phillip Smyth is a researcher specializing in Lebanon, Syria, and the broader Middle Eastern affairs. He travels regularly to the region and has been published by a number of publications including the American Spectator, the Counterterrorism Blog, the Daily Caller, Haaretz, MERIA Journal, The National Review Online, NOW Lebanon, PJ
Free Syrian Army Brigade Threatens to Execute Iranian Captives
Freedom fighters do not execute hostages even when they might actually deserve it: > A brigade from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) known as the Bar’a released a video aired on Al-Arabiya in which they warned they would execute an Iranian prisoner “for each martyr who is killed.” > The militia