America has made little progress in Iraq and Syria, something Russia is determined to change apparently.
According to what disclosed by Russian sources, the fact that Turkey smuggles - on a large scale - oil coming from the Caliphate is - if not certain - highly likely.
Public discussion of the Syrian situation has tended to focus on the plight of the Syrian refugees and their effects on neighboring countries, the internal fighting there, and the interplay between external States seeking to influence the outcome of the Syrian civil war.
“Hellfire awaits you. Europe is shaking. Russia is dying.” These words uttered in an Islamic State (DAESH) propaganda video in November 2015 projected a new vision of DAESH ideology.
The world mourns for Paris. A bloody Friday night of November the 13th kicked off what was supposed to be a regular weekend in Paris. The attacks that hit the city of lights were the worst violence in France since World War II, a series of terror attacks that killed more than 120 people.
It was the father of "Kim" Philby - he, too, a man of Her Majesty’s intelligence services - to support the American Standard Oil in Saudi Arabia, instead of the British and Dutch Royal Dutch Shell.
The victims of the Paris attacks, not to mention those of the jihadist and Qaedist massacres in Madrid (2004) and London (2005) are the tragic evidence that the strategic certainties of the old bilateral world are really over.
The Islamic terrorist attacks on 13 November reinforce several attributes about terrorism that should be well known. Most important is that the attacks were a product of a living system. The news analysts talked about a network, but that word is too limited and anodyne to be a metaphor for a living system devoted to death.