Intel: EU sanctions suspected head of Russia’s Wagner paramilitary group

Kremlin insider Yevgeny Prigozhin is suspected of involvement in Wagner's paramilitary activities in Libya

Al-Monitor Staff | Sanctions | Oct 16, 2020
al-monitor Military engineers of the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) sort ammunition and explosives for safe disposal in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Oct. 12, 2020. Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images.

Will Russia recruit Syrian Kurds to fight in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict?

While Russia will likely avoid direct involvement in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, there are signs it could draw lessons from Libya and recruit fighters from Syria to do its bidding.

Kirill Semenov | Kurds | Oct 14, 2020

Egypt, Russia to hold joint naval drills in Black Sea, Moscow says

Exercise Friendship Bridge 2020 will involve aircraft and ship-based artillery, Russia's Defense Ministry said

Al-Monitor Staff | Defense/Security cooperation | Oct 9, 2020

Intel: Turkish F-16s spotted on runway in Azerbaijan

The discovery follows Armenia's allegation that Ankara has introduced combat aircraft into the Caucasus war.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Oct 9, 2020

Russia's outreach to Syrian Kurds highlights dual-track approach

While Russia blames the United States for adding fuel to the fire of Kurdish separatism, it calls on the Syrian Kurds to lay the groundwork for constitutional reform, so as to contain conflict in the territories over which Damascus has long lost control.

Anton Mardasov | Kurds | Oct 9, 2020