A Turkish army M-60 main battle tank underway inside Syria RFS photo Ankara’s forces are increasingly isolated in northern Syria by TOM COOPER Situated some 35 kilometers northeast of Aleppo city in northern Syria, Al Bab — population 65,000 — was one of the centers of the uprising against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al... Read more
An SDB fighter poses in front of the abandoned LNA Mi-35. SDB photo Libyan National Army oil facilities fall to lightning assault by ARNAUD DELALANDE On March 3, 2017, fighters from Saraya Defend Benghazi — also known as Benghazi Defense Brigade, an Islamist militia group that formed in June 2016 to oppose... Read more
ISIS has weaponized 8X Skywalker drones. ISIS capture Armed quadcopters versus armed quadcopters by BEN SULLIVAN The proliferation of consumer, off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicles weaponized by non-state actors such as Islamic State has taken a new turn this week after the Iraqi Federal Police deployed the very same drones against Islamic... Read more
Red hats. Photo via Flickr It’s no longer a question of if, but how fast we will see the unraveling of the U.S.-led international order by BRIAN E. FRYDENBORG This is part one of a two-part essay. Read part two. One can easily go back to the domestic tyranny of Athens’... Read more
The battleship USS ‘Missouri’ fires its main guns during an exercise in 1990. U.S. Navy photo There were bigger warships, but USS ‘Missouri’ and her sisters brought speed and firepower by ROBERT FARLEY The North Carolina and South Dakota–class battleships were designed with the limits of the Washington Naval Treaty in... Read more
Japanese F-15J Eagles. U.S. Air Force photo Will the dragon dominate the skies over Asia? by ROBERT FARLEY Air power has played a critical role in the conflicts that have set the Asian political scene since World War II. From the Korean War to the Vietnam Conflict to the several wars between... Read more
A Colombian military contractor helicopter in Medellin. George Donnelly photo via Flickr The criminal marketplace is in flux by JAMES BARGENT This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The release of Colombian underworld boss “Perra loca” from a U.S. prison is adding to fears that a flood of recently freed drug lords and... Read more
A Russian BM-30 Smerch rocket launcher. Vitaly Kuzmin photo Drones and artillery go well together by DAVE MAJUMDAR Russia has developed a new artillery-launched small unmanned aerial vehicle that it is offering for export. Under the Russian concept, the UAV would be launched via a 300-millimeter rocket shot from a Smerch Multiple Launch... Read more

YEMEN ARTICLE [HOLD]

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Tom Cooper On Jan. 28, 2017, a U.S. military raid in Yemen resulted in the deaths of around a dozen suspected terrorists of the Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, one Navy SEAL operator, and dozens of civilians. Ever since, hardly a day passes by without additional, Yemen-related reports... Read more
An Afghan soldier pulls security as a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter takes off in Laghman province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo Thrashing about in the Afghan petri dish by WILLIAM J. ASTORE America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history. The phrase “no... Read more
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