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Opinion: Russia’s Desert Storm Moment in Syria

Opinion: Russia’s Desert Storm Moment in Syria

Russian fighters over Syria. Sputnik Photo

Russian fighters over Syria. Sputnik Photo

Russia is having its Desert Storm moment in Syria. The near-daily release of Russian fighter cockpit videos and missiles being launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea is making millions of Russians feel proud and strong. For instance, on Oct. 21, Russian media reported that 53 strike sorties struck 72 “terrorist targets.” Oddly those same reports are even convincing some in the United States that Russia is somehow more effective in Syria than the United States and its allies. Read More

Video: Nine Country Naval Exercise Successfully Shoots Down Ballistic, Cruise Missile Targets off Scotland

Video: Nine Country Naval Exercise Successfully Shoots Down Ballistic, Cruise Missile Targets off Scotland

USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation, to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation, to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Navy and eight other countries are successfully working through an international detect-to-engage integrated air and missile defense exercise off the coast of Scotland, proving their platforms and people could integrate to provide missile defense in Europe. Read More

Kurdish Video Lends Credibility to Russian Navy Caspian Sea Strike Mission Claims

Kurdish Video Lends Credibility to Russian Navy Caspian Sea Strike Mission Claims

Undated photo of Russian Navy guided missile frigate Dagestan firing UKSK Shot.

Undated photo of Russian Navy guided missile frigate Dagestan firing UKSK Shot.

Russian officials claim that a flotilla of four ships in the Caspian Sea sent a barrage of 26 guided cruise missiles across Iran and Iraq to strike Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria — more than 900 miles away.

Those claims were bolstered on Wednesday when Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS released a video on Twitter showing a guided cruise missile streak by their encampment. Read More

Opinion: Finding Common Interests with the Russians in Syria

Opinion: Finding Common Interests with the Russians in Syria

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The increased presence of Russian forces in Syria has added another layer of complexity to an already confusing array of warring factions—a good estimate is that 18 to 20 factions now are fighting for one cause or another in Syria. The Russians assuming an active role in the Syrian battle space took the United States by surprise. For many American political, military, and media voices it is evident that Russia’s recent actions stuck a nerve. Read More

Panel: Iran Pursuing Goal of Global Activism

Panel: Iran Pursuing Goal of Global Activism

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While the U.S. government speaks with a unitary voice on policy matters, Iran offers different messages for four distinct audiences—the West, the Islamic world at large, the Shi’ite minority in Islam and to countries in West Africa and Latin America—the author of a new book on Iran’s ambitions said Friday. Read More