«No quiero volver a disparar un arma contra nadie nunca más»
En 2015 Hanna Bohman, mujer canadiense de 48 años de edad sin experiencia militar alguna, se unió a una milicia kurda que lucha contra el Estado Islámico en Siria. «Siempre me habían interesado las cosas militares, pero nunca me alisté porque no dejan combatir a las mujeres», decía Bohman.... Read more
‘I Don’t Want to Shoot a Gun at Anybody Ever Again’
In 2015 Hanna Bohman, a 48-year-old Canadian with no military experience, joined a Kurdish militia battling Islamic State in Syria. “I had always been interested in military stuff but never joined because they don’t let women fight,” Bohman said. “One of the reasons I joined the Yekineyen Parastina Jin... Read more
Rival Libyan Regimes Are Busy Slaughtering Each Other
On Nov. 10, 2017, 28 people were found shot dead southwest of the Libyan capital in Wershafana area. Among the victims were soldiers from the Libyan National Army, one of the main regimes competing for power in the country. The National Human Rights Commission in Libya called on the... Read more
Somebody’s Popping Off Laser-Guided Shells in Libya
On Nov. 5, 2017, the website Libya Times published on social media photos of the remnants of an unexploded guided artillery projectile, but misidentified it as a U.S.-made Excalibur. War Is Boring identified the munition as a Chinese GP1 guided 155-millimeter artillery munition — a licensed copy of the... Read more
Making Sense of the Missile Mess in Yemen
Houthi rebels in Yemen launched a missile at King Khalid International Airport outside the Saudi capital Riyadh on the evening of Nov. 4, 2017. Where in the world did the rebels get that rocket — as well as the scores of other missiles they’ve launched recently? It’s hard to... Read more
Did Sean Penn’s Meeting With El Chapo Help Authorities Track Down the Kingpin?
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. When Mexican authorities captured Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in January 2016, they suggested that their success stemmed in part from an October 2015 meeting the kingpin held with Hollywood star Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. Now, extensive reporting... Read more
In Afghanistan, More Air Raids Mean More Civilian Deaths
Afghans living in at least three villages in Chardara district of Kunduz province in Afghanistan were in a rude shock on the evening of Nov. 3, 2017. In a bid to support the Afghan National Army in its ongoing battle against Taliban insurgency in Kunduz, American warplanes trained down munitions... Read more
Mexican Organized Crime Groups Are Now Stealing Octopuses
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. More than a dozen trailers transporting multi-ton shipments of frozen octopus have been reported stolen in Mexico in the last month, illustrating how crime groups are constantly seeking new revenue streams, even in seemingly unlikely places. Since a devastating earthquake rocked Mexico City on Sept. 19, 14... Read more
French Mirage 2000s Came to the Rescue of Green Berets in Niger
Around noon on Oct. 4, 2017, a team of 12 U.S. Army Special Forces operators and 30 soldiers from the Nigerien Security and Intelligence Battalion were departing the village of Tongo Tongo, near the Nigerien-Malian border, when they were ambushed by roughly 50 insurgents from an “ISIS-affiliated group” riding... Read more
What Destroyed This Abrams Tank?
On Oct. 20, 2017, the Kurdish Peshmerga claimed to have destroyed an Iraqi M-1A1 Abrams tank during fighting in Kirkuk province and took grainy video footage to prove it. It was an especially noteworthy clash given that Western allies supplied many of Iraqi Kurdistan’s anti-tank missiles and Iraq’s Abrams... Read more
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