Military & Political Trends Of 2017 That Will Shape 2018

Via Southfront.org,
2017 presented the world with a number of crises, among which were the continued wars in the Middle Ease and the spread of terrorism, the humanitarian crises in Africa and Asia, the rising military tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, and the militarization of both the South China Sea and eastern Europe. Throughout the past year regional and global powers have repeatedly been on the verge of open military conflict, any of which may yet still lead to large regional wars.
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In the Middle East the war on ISIS, the Iran nuclear deal, the crisis in Lebanon, and Israeli-Arab tensions took center stage.
By the end of the year, the self-proclaimed caliphate of ISIS had fully collapsed in both Syria and Iraq. Thanks to the efforts of the alliance between Syria, Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah, along with the Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition, this group was driven out from almost all of the areas it had held in the two countries. ISIS has lost control of such strategic locations as Mosul, al-Qaim, Raqqah, al-Tabqah, Deir Ezzor, al-Mayadin, al-Bukamal, as-Sukhna, Deir Hafer, Maskanah, and al-Resafa.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/30/2017.

‘Classified’ Emails from Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner’s Laptop

Looking back on the 2016 Presidential election, there was a non-stop chorus on denials by Hillary Clinton, her campaign surrogates, and the mainstream media – that had not allowed any classified emails to float around her home-brew server, or onto the family of her close aids.
As it turns out, Hillary Clinton was lying. A new batch of emails released by the US State Department clearly show that Anthony Weiner, convicted sex criminal and husband of Clinton’s chief aid Huma Abedin, had kept classified emails pertaining to official US State Department business during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State – kept on the same laptop which Weiner used to target an underage girl and where he also kept child pornography.
Among the released emails were exchanges which clearly show Hillary Clinton conspiracy with authoritarian Saudi Arabia to ‘stop Wikileaks.’The reopening of this old Clinton gaping wound is another devastating blow for the mainstream media and the Democratic Party’s ‘resistance’ movement, whose mission is to remove Donald Trump for office.
RT International reports…
At least five of the 2,800 emails stored on a laptop belonging to former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner were marked ‘confidential’ and involved delicate talks with Middle Eastern leaders and Hillary Clinton’s top aide.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 30, 2017.

How Trump is Accelerating the Decline of US Global Influence

The "Moderate Rebel" terrorists in Syria certainly miss you Barack, you were so generous to all of them.
— Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) December 29, 2017

It should also be said that the current US Administration is merely finishing the job which started under three consecutive two-term presidents; Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama – something to bear in mind as Trump enters his first year in office.
This new year, let us not forget who re-ignited the Middle East crisis, with the consecutive sackings of Libya and Syria…
While ‘Make America Great Again’ might be the political campaign de jour at home, these next four years are likely to coincide with an overall decline in US influence in the world.
Mehr News reports…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 29, 2017.