A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor. U.S. Air Force photo There are more practical — and existing — ways to counter stealth by DAVE MAJUMDAR Could Beijing’s quantum radar technology render stealth aircraft obsolete? While theoretically it would be able to detect and track stealth aircraft with impunity — if such a radar existed — it is unclear if China... Read more
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Photo via Wikimedia The small country is the largest per capita source for I.S. fighters in the Americas by LEONARDO GOI This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago are taking steps to stop young Muslims from leaving the country to join... Read more
Combatiente Yezidi en el monte Sinjar. Foto de Matt Cetti-Roberts Entre las víctimas se encuentran clases rivales y enemigos ideológicos por PATRICK BURKE Ruanda, Srebrenica, Sinjar, Alepo. Hay toda una generación de catedráticos que han dedicado su carrera a intentar explicar estas masacres. Sus investigaciones han identificado principalmente tres tipos... Read more
An Iraqi Mi-28 attack helicopter fires unguided rockets and cannon shells into the village of Albu Saif on Feb. 20, 2017. Matt Cetti-Roberts photo I went to the front lines with Iraqi troops fighting the Islamic State on the road to West Mosul by MATT CETTI-ROBERTS The rhythmic thump of... Read more
Turkish-backed rebels in Al Bab. Screen capture via YouTube Victory over the Islamic State in this Syrian city brings with it a heavy toll by SAMUEL OAKFORD After more than three months of fighting, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured central Al Bab from the so-called Islamic State, according to local reports. Yet civilian... Read more
David Brooks. RubyGoes photo via Flickr David Brooks furrows his brow at Trump, but refuses to reckon with the disastrous Middle East wars he supported by ANDREW J. BACEVICH Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, writing a column for a... Read more
The AHRLAC. Photo via Wikimedia The AHRLAC is for when you need close air support … cheaply by DAVE MAJUMDAR South Africa Paramount Group is showing off its new MWARI “SMART” intelligence, reconnaissance and precision strike aircraft in Abu Dhabi this month. The new indigenously-developed aircraft is a weaponized development of the company’s... Read more
A bullet hole through a window in Diyarbakir, Turkey. William John Gauthier photo via Flickr Reporting the news is a dangerous game in Turkey’s Kurdish capital by NORMA COSTELLO On a cold morning in downtown Diyarbakir we sprinted across the road to catch the last minibus under the watchful eye of Turkish... Read more
China’s under-construction aircraft carrier on Nov. 30, 2016. DigitalGlobe photo via Google Earth Beijing constructs the beginnings of blue water fleet by DAVE MAJUMDAR According to Chinese state media, Beijing’s first domestically built carrier is nearing completion at Dalian. The vessel — which is expected to become operational in 2020 — will be launched soon. Thereafter, the... Read more
Su-35. Vitaly Kuzmin photo The two countries also plan to work together on a new warplane by DAVE MAJUMDAR The United Arab Emirates has agreed to purchase a batch of advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia. As of 2017, the Flanker-E is the most capable operational Russian combat aircraft. The jets... Read more
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