In the end, the authors say, the US must make up it mind whether it wants to stay in the Middle East and block hostile players such as Iran from tipping the balance against Western interests.
"The takeover of the US embassy 40 years ago, on November 4, 1979, destroyed Washington’s fictitious grandeur."
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that the thousands of Turkish troops amassed along the Syrian border would attack whether the US is out or not.
Russia and Turkey could run tests to discover the vulnerabilities of the F-35, and once Russia and Turkey have it, Iran will have it as well.
Incoming US National Security Adviser John Bolton coordinated over the phone with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat prior to the attack.
In 2016 Russia and Iran signed Memoranda of understanding on dozens of industrial projects, to the tune of an estimated $40 billion. Most of those projects are still in drawers, but there's enough potential wealth in those drawers to make Russia and Iran inseparable.
"The zones are necessary from the point of view of ending warfare, but at the same time it is impermissible to see the de-escalation zones turning into zones of influence of foreign states."
Israel has provided drone strikes and shelling with high-precision missiles on ISIS targets during defensive and offensive rebel operations.
Monday saw an awkward turn in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's and President Donald Trump's "friends for ever" relationship, and a turn on a dime by Trump in his relationship with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
The downing of the plane came as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support and Iranian infantry, have intensified their offensive in Idlib, one of the last rebel-held bastions in Syria.
Russia is ready to deal a new blow to terrorists if they again try to break peace in Syria, Putin said.
Today the Jordanian airbase is operating at “four to five times what the space was originally intended to support.”
On Tuesday, the US Treasury announced the expansion of sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which were originally imposed on October 13 because the Iranian group was "supporting terrorism."
The Trump Administration's urgent warnings against Kurdish independence convinced the Iranian-backed militias and the Iraqi government they had a green light from Washington to invade Kurdistan without fear of American intervention.
The Syrian Democratic Forces coalition on October 20 officially announced at a news conference that the city had been liberated from ISIS.