Alexander Orlov

Should Russia Really Be Involved in the Iraqi Conflict?


The assault against Islamist forces in Syria that was launched by Russia’s warplanes and Syrian regular troops led to what can be easily described as a major victory – ISIL militants are now fleeing to Iraq. Yet the question over  what should be…

Why Would Turkey Shoot Down Russian Su-24


On November 24 the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian SU-24, which was carrying out sorties against terrorists in the Syrian province of Latakia, near the Syrian-Turkish border. It’s reported that both pilots managed to eject…

Who Could Organize the Paris Attacks?


Now that public outcry provoked by the terrorist attacks in Paris has begun fading away, different analysts and intelligence agencies are trying to establish why France has been chosen as the target for these attacks. In a country where intelligence agencies are…

The Major Offensive in Syria is Gaining Steam


Throughout last week Russian airpower in Syria has been busy obliterating the positions of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and a number of other terrorist groups, while carrying out up to 65 sorties a day. The number of targets destroyed exceeds…

Anti-Syrian Forces are Keen on Saving Islamists from Defeat


It is now clear that the recent visit of the Deputy Crown Prince and Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defence Mohammad bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Russia to meet Russia’s President Vladimir Putin led to…

Forces Align in Yemen After Renewed Saudi Strikes


The Saudi-led coalition resumed air strikes on Yemeni capital Sana’a after a five-day ceasefire. Dozens of families were forced out of their homes. These are the most large-scale bombings since the five-day ceasefire ended on May 17. The issue…

Yemen Conflict is Raising the Regional Stakes

Back in early April the Iranian government sent its destroyer to the Red Sea to patrol the Yemeni coast. Iranian…

Saudi Arabia and the New Witch-hunt

Out of the blue the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has made a number of unexpected changes…

Moscow Withdrew Self-imposed Embargo on the Delivery of AA Systems to Iran

On April 13 Russia withdrew a self-imposed embargo on the shipment of S-300 air defense systems to Iran. This fact,…

Lausanne: Major Success or Just a Step Forward?

By the evening of April 2, after days and days of negotiations in Lausanne, the representatives of the Big Six…

Libya: ISIL’s Looming Military Aggression Against the EU

“You get what you pay for ” – an old proverb goes. These days the West is beginning to reap…

Yemen: The Start of the Houthi Offensive

As the security situation in Yemen deteriorated further in late December, the gap between leading political forces became even deeper,…

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