Trump Pummels Syrian Air Base With Missiles—Which Is Very Clinton-esque
On April 7 at 4:40 a.m., Syria time, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from U.S. Navy destroyers slammed into Shayrat Airfield, an important Syrian military base and the source of the nerve gas attack which killed dozens of civilians days before at Khan Sheikhoun, according to U.S. Pres. Donald... Read more
U.S. and Syrian Allies Stormed Across a Lake, Then Overran This Key Air Base
In late March 2017, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces captured Al Tabqa air base from Islamic State militants in northeast Syria with U.S. air and artillery support. The operation followed an airborne assault across Lake Assad by 500 SDF fighters and U.S. troops— a bold maneuver and the first of its kind by... Read more
In Colombia’s Coca Corridor, Gangsters Fight for Power
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The ELN has denied responsibility for the killing of five civilians in the Colombian department of Chocó. The latest violence shows the zone’s valuable strategic position and highly lucrative criminal economies are worth fighting over by criminal groups following the demobilization of the... Read more
Russia Bombed Its Own Allies in Syria
On March 21, 2017, two major factions of the Free Syrian Army, the Turkistan Islamic Party and the extreme Islamist organization Hayat Tahrir Ash-Sham, or HTS — an offshoot of the former Jabhat An Nusra — together launched an offensive into northwestern Hama in western-central Syria. The resulting battle... Read more
In West Mosul, Iraqi Troops With Heavy Weapons Battle ISIS Snipers
The sky above West Mosul is dark and brooding. Heavy rain-laden clouds stretch as far as the eye can see, lending an oppressive air to an already dangerous city. At the entrance to a courtyard, the body of an Islamic State fighter covered in a large piece of red... Read more
The Islamic State’s Deadly Drone Fleet
For the past decade, unmanned aerial vehicles have been a cornerstone of America’s campaign against Islamic insurgents in the Greater Middle East. Predator and Reaper drones crisscross the globe firing Hellfire missiles. Other countries have operational drone fleets, but few match the might and ubiquity of America’s. But journalists... Read more
Russia Has a Ton of Problems in Syria — Israeli Air Strikes Are Not One of Them
Israel’s Arrow missile defense system saw its combat debut in March 2017 when it shot down a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile, which was fired at Israeli fighter jets. The jets were returning home from an air strike inside Syria, reportedly targeting Syrian military positions in the country’s Homs province.... Read more
A Gang Broke Apart, Then Baltimore Homicides Spiked
As you walk through Sandtown-Winchester, Baltimore City’s most violent neighborhood, the years of socio-economic degradation are readily apparent. In violent areas of Chicago, such as the Austin neighborhood, the main thoroughfares are littered with liquor stores and boarded up buildings, but the residential areas are generally well-kept and the... Read more
Mosul Needs 35,000 Cops
With the sound of small-arms fire popping away at a range in the background, an instructor from Italy’s military police force — the Carabinieri — expertly flips over a rifle to demonstrate a swift and efficient reload to the students in front of him. The students are members of the Kurdish Zeravani, which... Read more
Pocos de los adolescentes radicalizados por el ISIS actúan realmente en solitario
El Estado Islámico, o ISIS, ha logrado un éxito creciente en el reclutamiento de adolescentes y preadolescentes en Occidente a través de los cuales planear y llevar a cabo sus ataques, según CTC Sentinel, el boletín informativo mensual del Combating Terrorism Center at West Point [Centro de Lucha contra... Read more
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