Las dos muertes de Loco Fakhir
Muchos combatientes Peshmerga kurdos han muerto luchando contra el Estado Islámico. Pero la noticia de la muerte del coronel Fakhir Barwary el 11 de noviembre de 2014 tenía un significado especial. Eso es porque la muerte de Barwary fue noticia en dos ocasiones distintas. Los medios de comunicación lo... Read more
Saving the U.S. Military From Itself
This story originally appeared in 2007. It’s time to save the U.S. military from itself. I say this as a retired Air Force officer who served for 20 years, my last three in a “joint” assignment, working closely with Army, Marine and Navy officers and enlisted men and women.... Read more
The Two Deaths of Crazy Fakhir
This story originally appeared on Nov. 18, 2014. Many Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have died fighting Islamic State militants. But the news of Col. Fakhir Barwary’s death on Nov. 11, 2014 held special significance. That’s because Barwary’s death has been reported on two separate occasions. The media wrongly declared him... Read more
For Iraq, Bombing ISIS in Syria Was the Easy Part
The Iraqi air force sortied high-tech F-16 fighter jets armed with laser-guided bombs to strike suspected Islamic State forces near the town of Al Shaddi in eastern Syria on April 19,  signalling a major escalation of Baghdad’s war on ISIS. The cross-border raid, at least the second of its... Read more
Lecciones sobre carros de combate aprendidas por Irak durante la Guerra contra el Estado Islámico
Tras su éxito contra el Estado Islámico (ISIS) en el campo de batalla, Irak está estudiando las futuras necesidades de sus fuerzas acorazadas. Bagdad tiene sobre la mesa planes para la adquisición de carros de combate T-90 y al mismo tiempo básicamente está estudiando la viabilidad de modernizar su... Read more
Foxbats Versus Tomcats
The Iraqi air force received its first Foxbats – 12 MiG-25P interceptors, 12 MiG-25R reconnaissance aircraft and six MiG-25PU conversion trainers – in 1980. However, the Soviets delivered variants that fell below the technical standards demanded by the Iraqis, so Baghdad refused to accept the aircraft. Moscow eventually agreed... Read more
America’s Phony War
Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched and people — generally not Americans — are killed, wounded, uprooted and displaced. Yet here at home, there’s nothing real about those wars.  Here, it’s phony war all the way. In the... Read more
Four Years After an ISIS Massacre, the Iraqi Air Force Opens a New Academy
On Feb. 21, 2018, the Iraqi government announced that the Iraqi air force had reopened its academy at Balad air base. U.S. Central Command announced that the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team will help establish standardized training programs. Forty cadets will start their coursework in March 2018. Before... Read more
The West Sold Tanks to the Middle East, And Now It’s Frustrated
Ten years ago, the United States approved an arms deal supplying 140 M-1A1 main battle tanks to Iraq. Turkey, another Middle East user of Western armor, relies heavily on German-made Leopard tanks. But in recent weeks, both the United States and Germany have expressed growing wariness over how Iraq... Read more
Iraq’s Chinese-Made Killer Drones Are Actually Pretty Good
On Feb. 12th, 2018, the Iraqi ministry of defense released a video depicting its Chinese-made CH-4B armed unmanned aerial vehicles. The brief report underscores the type’s success in Iraqi service. The video claims that the CH-4B drones have executed most of their attack and reconnaissance missions in northwest Iraq.... Read more
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