Hey folks, I thought I’d chime in here with a letter from the editor, something I will try to do on a more regular basis. We have been hard at work here at SOFREP and I hope all of you have enjoyed some of our recent content. For me personally, it has been very fulfilling to see SOFREP begin to reach its potential as we send our staff of writers around the world to conduct some boots-on-the-ground reporting. Last year, I traveled to Switzerland and Syria to report for SOFREP, and this year I made it over to Kurdistan. Buck Clay has reported for us from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, and Transnistria (more on that coming soon). Jamie has reported for us from Somalia and France, and is just now wrapping up a trip to Belgium and Ukraine. Meanwhile, SOFREP CEO Brandon Webb has done some articles about bars in Kiev frequented by spies and military contractors. I’ve been very excited by all of these developments, so please be sure to let us know what you think.
In the future, I see SOFREP traveling back to the Middle East. This region is just so volatile, and the United States appears to be completely unable to extricate itself from countries like Iraq. Over the last few months we have seen numerous developments that will shape the war against ISIS and the eventual post-conflict environment. Russia has jumped into the fray, backing up the Assad regime. America’s various covert-action programs run out of Turkey and Jordan to arm and train various rebels groups like the New Syrian Forces have been a bust. With few remaining options for waging proxy warfare in Syria, America has cobbled together a coalition called Syrian Democratic Forces. This confab is purely an American invention designed to appease our NATO partner Turkey. The SDF consists of the Kurdish YPG and YPJ with some Free Syrian Army components tacked on so that we can tell Turkey that we are helping out Syrian Arabs instead of the Kurds.
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