Israel Will Try to Smash Hezbollah If There’s Another War
More than 10 years have passed since the last war between Israel and Hezbollah ended in a U.N.-brokered ceasefire. The 34-day conflict in July-August 2006 displaced a million Lebanese and half-a-million Israelis. Since then, Lebanon-based Hezbollah has amassed an enormous arsenal rockets and missiles, some capable of hitting anywhere inside... Read more
Chicago’s Gang Wars Have Become Battles of Attrition
The video began with three members of the Two Feet faction of the Four Corner Hustlers gang standing in a gas station lobby alongside a security guard. They are trapped. Unarmed and locked out of the gas station, they are being hunted by members of a Mafia Insane Vice... Read more
Russia Has Sent One of Its A-50U Radar Planes to Syria
On April 29, 2017, a photograph appeared on social media apparently showing a Beriev A-50 SRDLO — that’s the Russian acronym for “airborne early warning and control system” — in flight over Syria. Israeli satellite photographs confirmed the presence of a single A-50 on the apron of Hmemmem air... Read more
Ecuador’s Alleged ‘Pablo Escobar’ Went From Boatman to Drug Lord
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. New details have emerged on the largely unknown operations of a recently-captured Ecuadorean drug trafficker, shedding light on the crucial, and often overlooked, role that Ecuador plays in the international drug trade. On April 11, Colombian authorities arrested Washington Prado Álava, alias “Gerard”... Read more
What Would Happen if Turkey Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria?
When Turkish warplanes bombed fighters from the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, in northeast Syria on the morning of April 25, embedded U.S. special forces were “uncomfortably close” to the targeted area, according to a YPG source cited by Al-Monitor. Specifically, U.S. troops were only a few miles away. “There was... Read more
Trump’s Syria Strike Fell Short
Is Hillary Clinton right? On May 2, 2017, she said she supported Pres. Donald Trump’s cruise missile attack on Syria, but with a caveat: “I am not convinced that it really made much of a difference.” Almost one month after the April 7 strike, the expert consensus seems to... Read more
Turkish Jets Blasted America’s Kurdish Allies in Karakoc
The rumble of Turkish jets taking off from the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir has become a banal muzak for the city’s wearied residents. Numbers are dialed, warnings are given and life proceeds — under the heavy presence of Turkish troops. Hasan, a middle aged Kurdish activist smiles slyly as... Read more
Who Will Control Raqqa After Islamic State?
The Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed coalition of Arab and Kurdish paramilitary fighters, are tightening the siege on Raqqa, Islamic State’s main city in Syria. The city is isolated and SDF forces are also on the offensive against the Islamic State in the nearby town of Tabqa—where U.S. helicopters... Read more
Commando-Style Heist in Paraguay Involved 16 Car Bombs
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este witnessed scenes reminiscent of war as several dozen heavily armed men undertook a sophisticated and lethal heist operation, which authorities have blamed on Brazil’s most powerful crime group. Between 50 and 60 individuals armed with military-grade weapons and... Read more
Mosul necesita 35.000 policías
Con el sonido de fondo de disparos de fusilería en la distancia, un instructor de la policía militar italiana, los Carabinieri, voltea con suma habilidad un fusil para demostrarles a los alumnos que tiene delante cómo se recarga de una forma rápida y eficaz. Los alumnos son miembros de... Read more
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