Syria today is divided informally and de facto into zones of influence between the main players of Russia, Iran, and Turkey. …


When US President Joe Biden announced earlier this year that he intended to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, international observers warned that it could have serious regional consequences.

Recent events confirm these fears. Afghanistan is on the verge of collapse, with various European intelligence services predicting…


In February this year, after five months of negotiations, a new transitional government was formed in Libya during UN-led talks in Geneva.

The breakthrough came following a formal truce in October, with the Government of National Unity tasked with unifying Libya’s institutions, preparing for elections, and reconstructing the country after…


The first version of the article has been published in the European Eye on Radicalization, December 21, 2020, under “Western Withdrawal is Helping ISIS’s Resurgence”.

The attack on Vienna on November 2 linked the fates of three people of Albanian descent: the terrorist Kujtim Fejzulai, the first victim, Nexhip Vrenezi…


October 20, without much media hype, Turkish forces stationed in the Syrian city of Morek began withdrawing from the base. Morek is the most important Turkish post north of the Syrian government-held city of Hama and borders the rebel-controlled northwestern part of the country. The base is surrounded by Russian-backed…


The article was originally published in Acta Fabula.

On the evening of June 16, 2016, journalists Khaled al-Issa and Hadi Abdullah returned to their place of residence in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The day was hard — earlier that day, they covered the continuous airstrikes over residential areas in…


My article on Russia in Libya and the international clash over the country, published in the specialized German magazine, Zenith: https://magazin.zenith.me/de/politik/russland-und-die-tuerkei-libyen-und-syrien


In 2018, three Russian investigative journalists were killed in the Central African Republic (CAR). The same year, dozens of fighters died in an exchange of fire in the desert regions of eastern Syria, and a Russian journalist was found dead –officially ruled as having fallen from his balcony in Yekaterinburg…


Terrorist groups and international organized crime often make common cause, as I have detailed previously at EER. The crime syndicates in the European Union (EU) make alliances with their counterparts in the wider world and sometimes through mediators communicate with terrorist organizations in the Sahel, Central Asia, and West Africa…


“Arms trade here is easier than in other parts of the world. We can rely on problematic borders and corruption — you have no idea how many doors can open with a few thousand euros.” The man who said this* is referring to the arms trade in the Balkans and…

Ruslan Trad

Author: http://goodreads.com/ruslantrad; PMCs, Syria, security, conflicts. Co-founder of De Re Militari journal.

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