Tag: Hezbollah

Five Hospitals And Two Schools Hit By Suspected Russian Airstrikes In Syria

February 15, 2016

Live Updates: Three hospitals in rebel-held areas of Syria have been struck this morning, causing heavy civilian casualties. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

As Pressure Mounts On Aleppo, Russia Conducts Air Strikes Across Syria

February 5, 2016

Live Updates: Thousands of people are trying to flee the north of the Aleppo region into Turkey as fighting rages between rebel fighters and pro-regime forces. Meanwhile Russian jets have conducted air strikes on rebel-held settlements across the country. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Regime Advances North Of Aleppo With Devastating Russian Air Support

February 2, 2016

Live Updates: The Syrian regime is gaining ground to the north of Aleppo, with hundreds of Russian air strikes reported. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Israel And Russia Are Coordinating In Syria, But Is The Kremlin Arming Hezbollah?

January 14, 2016

Is Russia giving rockets to Hezbollah? Did Israel tell Russia it was conducting airstrikes against Hezbollah’s leadership? When did the conflicts in the Middle East start, and what did Obama mean when he said Russia was “propping up” Ukraine? This week, Boston college professor Matt Sienkiewicz and The Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller speak with […]

Putin in Syria: Russia Shifting Attention To Southern Front

October 29, 2015

LIVE UPDATES: Russian jets have struck targets in the southern Daraa province for the second time this week, with reports of coordination with the Lebanese military and Hezbollah ahead of a Syrian regime offensive in the area. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Russia: Sponsor and Conductor of Terrorism

April 13, 2015

While assigning criminal culpability for the murder of Boris Nemtsov is essential; it is by no means the whole or possibly even the most important story. Nemtsov’s murder once again highlights a much more critical series of issues that any observer or politically active person in Russia must grapple with. Nemtsov’s murder shows that if […]

Putin: The Godfather of the World

November 27, 2013

This analysis appeared in Ekho Moskvy, traditionally a more liberal outlet that often criticizes Putin. Though long, it is a fascinating analysis of the dynamic between Putin, Obama, and Assad, and argues that Putin, like “The Godfather,” manipulated the situation in order to come out on top. – Ed. “I read in his face a […]

Russia and Iran: Bashar al Assad’s Life Support

November 7, 2013

The Assad regime in Syria is broke. That was the consensus of every expert, and resident, more than one year ago. American officials noted that the regime was struggling to find a way to print currency, and that by July of last year the regime had spent more than half of its sovereign wealth fund. […]