While the US troops on the borders of Russia and Iran are generally considered intimidation/provocation tactics aimed at Moscow and Tehran, the broader reality is that America intends to use its troops as speed-bumps in China’s New Silk Road.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has negatively compared the crimes against humanity in Mosul with the ordered way in which Russia and her partners set up humanitarian corridors during the liberation of Aleppo.
The location of the new US-Russian-Jordanian ceasefire is a key element of the deal. It covers the parts of Syria that Israel has been bombing almost continuously over the last weeks. Israel’s response is therefore the litmus test for the ceasefire’s material success.