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When the Syrian war was at a climax in the mid-2015, many hoped that the crisis may lead to a “New Cold War”. However after some initial hiccups, two major powers (Russia and the US) agreed that there needs to be a “rapprochement” from all the parties to end the conflicting situation.  
 

He said terrorism was a common concern for both Saudi Arabia and India and the two countries were closely cooperating in fighting it, including through exchange of information and intelligence.

 

Hard to believe, but Mosul, currently in the news, would have been ours today had Atal Bihari Vajpayee not played spoilsport. After their invasion of Iraq in April 2003, Americans realized fairly early that a full- fledged occupation for an unspecified period was not possible without allies taking responsibility to administer large swathes of the ancient land.

   
 

The West is struggling to adjust to a sense of relative powerlessness. At the moment it is just firefighting. Russia and the US are trying to achieve broadly similar objectives in Aleppo and Mosul — restoring the sovereignty of controllable, authoritarian, central governments.

 
Military aid or assistance, is an important tool, that states have always plied to manoeuvre and counter-manoeuvre other sovereign entities and countless disparate factions in the pursuit of international relations. It includes arms transfers, logistical support and even supply of troops.   
 
Two great sieges are getting underway in the Middle East, one in Mosul in Iraq, and the other in Aleppo in Syria. They have a great deal in common, including, the fact that the attackers both depend heavily on foreign air power, but they are treated by most international media as though, they were completely different events. How similar they are, will become clearer with the passage of time.  
 

The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be interrogated, with civility and reasoned debate in short supply. But those issues are not the urgent task of this article; the Left does need to seriously self-reflect though about just how it responds to crises of imperialism and issues of war and peace.

 
With ISIS (Daesh) under increasing pressure in Northern Iraq, it's future in West Asia may well be decided by the battle for Mosul which began on October 17. Western electronic media is beaming live pictures of the hostilities which have not yet begun in earnest. However, it will be a long-drawn and tragically a very bloody affair.   
 
Iraqi forces are now poised to attack Mosul. The fall of this town over two years ago to a few hundred militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had marked the nadir of Iraqi self-confidence and self-respect.  
 

It is important to understand that though the resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict is important for peace and stability in the region, there cannot be any substantial movement towards resolution until both sides see incentives in having peace. For India, in the given circumstances, there is not much scope for a substantial role in reviving the peace talks or bringing Israel and Palestine on negotiations table, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 


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