We Watched Kurdish Soldiers Rip Apart IEDs
A Peshmerga fighter slowly worked his around the concrete shell of a half-constructed home in northern Iraq when something in the rubble alerted his attention. After flagging the spot and alerting the other soldiers with him, another Peshmerga fighter specialized in handling improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, arrived on... 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
Pacifist Military Trainer: Kurdistan Should Be Like Israel
The future of Iraqi Kurdistan is in flux as the U.S.-led coalition pushes back Islamic State, ending an existential threat to the Kurdish region. Some fear a conflict with Baghdad over territory the Kurds seized during their offensive against ISIS. Others fear further clashes with the Shia militias operating... 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
Defiant in the Quagmire, a Ukrainian Commander Vows to ‘Liberate All of Our Lands’
It starts in the same manner every day, as predictable as it is deadly. Twice a day, when the sun sets and again as morning’s first light arrives, the normal sporadic gunfire of a battlefield starts to increase in tempo. Scattered shots take on a more constant rhythm, the... Read more
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