The U.S. Military Bushwacked Iranian Forces in Syria
In early February 2018, Syrian regime forces moved to take over oil fields near Dayr Az Zayr that U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces group had seized from Islamic State in September 2017. The United States responded with a devastating bombardment that killed scores of pro-regime troops. The... Read more
L’Irak et les leçons de la guerre blindée contre l’EI
Après ses succès contre l’Etat Islamique sur le champ de bataille, l’Irak se penche sur les besoins futurs de ses forces armées. Bagdad pourrait acheter des chars lourds T-90, tout en évaluant la possibilité de remanier profondément sa flotte de T-55 vieillissants pour en faire des systèmes d’arme bien... Read more
A Russian Pilot Died While Attacking Civilians in Syria
On Dec. 11, 2017, Russian president Vladimir Putin, gave a speech to members of the Russian air force — the Russian acronym is “VKS” — at Hmemmem air base in Syria. The most notable part of Putin’s comments was his order for withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. But... Read more
Venezuela Crisis Fuels Piracy, Contraband in the Caribbean
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A recent journalistic investigation shows how a small patch of water between Venezuela’s eastern coast and the shores of Trinidad and Tobago has become a dangerous haven for pirates and criminals smuggling contraband between the two nations, underscoring the consequences of Venezuela’s failure to... Read more
Fresh Armed Groups Exploit Colombia’s Violent Border With Venezuela
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Venezuela’s continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal dynamics on the Colombia-Venezuela border, transforming the region into one of the most important organized crime hubs in Latin America. The Colombia-Venezuela border region... Read more
Russia Boasts of Using 215 New Weapons Systems in Syria
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin praised the performance of the Russian military and its hardware during the Kremlin’s campaign in Syria, but stressed that Moscow has to fix problems that were brought to light during those operations. “The rout of the well-equipped terrorist groups in Syria demonstrated the power of... Read more
The Libyan National Army Targets Sudanese and Chadian Militants
Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army — a top contender for control of Libya — has launched a retaliatory offensive targeting Sudanese and Chadian militias in the war-torn country’s south. Libya’s civil war grows only more complex. On Jan. 15, 2018 near the Jaghboub Oasis,... Read more
Turkey Attacks the Kurds’ Efrin Enclave
Following days of verbal warnings from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and intensive diplomatic activity between Ankara, Washington, Moscow, Tehran and Damascus, on Jan. 19 2018 the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch — a military offensive in the so-called “Efrin enclave,” part of northwest Syria controlled by the... Read more
The Houthis’ Do-It-Yourself Air Defenses
Read parts one and two. When the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015, it quickly neutralized most of the Houthis’ air defenses. Nearly all of the radars and launchers belonging to the Houthis’ five air-defense brigades were destroyed by mid-April 2015. Elements of two air-defense brigades... Read more
Colombian Traffickers, Targeting Europe, Smuggle Cocaine Decorated With Pics of Putin
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Major cocaine seizures in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador illustrate the European cocaine pipeline that has become a central part of the operations of Colombian drug traffickers, and could represent lucrative new opportunities for them to move further up the drug supply chain.... Read more
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