Your Monthly Global Insecurity Report
By Han Lee
What remains of the rebels in Syria braced for a final offensive from the Syrian regime and their Russian backers this month. Idlib Province, located in the northwest of Syria, is the last major area under rebel control following the rise and fall of the Syrian Arab Spring rebellion. It will almost definitely fall. 3 million people are trapped in Idlib province. This includes fighters, their families, internally displaced peoples, and the original inhabitants of the province itself.
The latest reports show that Russian airstrikes have already begun. This tactic is part of the brutal strategy that the Syrian regime under Bashar Al-Assad has employed to crush the rebellion, which is often woefully under-equipped and entirely unable to field and anti-air or air capabilities of their own.
The Yemeni Civil War, which in reality is a proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the regional axes of power, has been described by the UN as the world's worst humanitarian conflict. When Iranian backed Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa and ousted the government of then President Mansour Hadi in late 2014, Saudi Arabia led a coalition in an interventionist effort to restore the country to Hadi's hands and to counteract what it viewed as an effort by Iran to assert geopolitical influence in the region.
Saudi Arabia, which received an absurd portion of the $48.7 billion that the US has given to the Middle East in military aid over the past decade, has enjoyed the tacit approval and go-ahead by President Trump and his administration.
In a stunning display of America's proclivity towards corporate welfare, it was recently discovered that a bomb used to kill up to 54 innocents- most of them children- on August 9th, in the northern Yemeni city of Saada was in fact manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin is America's biggest defense contractor.
Moscow reports that representatives of the Taliban, an Afghani terrorist insurgency that has recently made significant inroads against the shaky and oft corrupt Afghan National Army in the past two years, will be attending a peace summit in the Russian capital in early September.
This is in step with Russian politicking in the region, wherein Russian arms, logistics, and boots on the ground are provided to aid groups that will best advance Russian aims in specific zones of interest. Oftentimes these actions are in direct contradiction to American aims on the ground, and when utilized effectively, is incredibly effective at exploiting American lack of attention or disinterest.
Though much attention is devoted to the Russian intervention in Syria, which entirely reversed the fortunes of the nascent rebellion in the war torn country, Russia has also garnered the condemnation of many US diplomats for its questionable decision to arm the Taliban in a move to purportedly mitigate the aggressive growth of ISIS outside of the borders of its once "caliphate." However, the reason for this decision now becomes clear. Once defeated utterly by the hills and mountains of Afghanistan, Russian investment in a seemingly intractable regional issue has gained them enough leverage to play host to a Sept. 4th peace summit. No one knows what this summit will achieve, in terms of a feasible peace in Afghanistan. However, for Russia, another chance to play world leader is all the victory that they need.