Why There Are No Military Solutions to North Korea
Any attempt to curtail North Korea’s nuclear weapons program through military force would be an unmitigated disaster. “A conflict in North Korea … would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis told CBS News. “The bottom line is it would... Read more
Iraqi Troops Work Under Fire to Save Mosul’s Trapped Civilians
A group of civilians walk along a raised section of a West Mosul highway beneath the morning sun. It’s only 9:00 a.m. and, despite a cool start, the temperature is steadily rising. Beyond the civilians, smoke rises from a large fire, burning somewhere along the front line where Iraqi soldiers... Read more
The Taliban’s Plot to Assassinate the UAE’s Ambassador Relied on an Inside Man
Before anything else, Sayeed Mahboob Agha was a cook. He had been one for nearly three decades, and for a time served dutifully to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the founder of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Agha’s most significant contribution to the jihad waged by the Taliban was to ensure that... Read more
Drones Are Dropping Like Flies From the Sky Over Syria
Syria is buzzing with drones. There are days when the people of Idlib governorate can simultaneously see Russian Orlan tactical UAVs, Iranian Ababil, Mohajeer and Shahed-129s and CIA or U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers circling the same air space. It’s not much different over southern Syria. There it’s Hezbollah... Read more
Confusion in the Air and on the Ground as U.S. and Syrian Planes Clashed
On June 18, 2017, a U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane over southern Syria. The incident was a direct result of the often-murky relations between the different parties fighting in Syria. From the American standpoint, the crucial reason for an American fighter to open fire at... Read more
A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet Just Shot Down a Syrian Warplane
For nearly three years, Syrian, Russian and U.S. war planes have maintained an uneasy truce over Syria — a truce that progressively frayed early-to-mid 2017. But the main parties had so far refrained from engaging each other in air-to-air combat. That all changed at 6:00 in the evening, local... Read more
Trauma Inflicted on Child Refugees Threatens the Planet’s Future
“This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East. It was one of those remarks that should wake you up to the fact that the regions the... Read more
Marines Take Control of Mexico’s Ports to Fight Out-of-Control Crime
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Mexico’s Marines will regain control of the country’s 103 ports on June 17, after a hiatus of 41 years. The move is a worrying sign that ports are out of control, but militarization has yet to become a panacea for any of... Read more
Philippine OV-10s Bomb ISIS
Philippine air force OV-10 Bronco light-attack planes have bombed Maute and Abu Sayyaf insurgents – all associated with Islamic State — in the city of Marawi. The militants seized the city in May 2017. On May 23, Philippine special operations units launched a house-to-house operation to liberate the city.... Read more
United Nations Shines Light on Shadowy Libyan Air War
A group of U.N. experts studying the war in Libya released its final report on June 9, 2017. This nearly 300-page document details political and security developments, violations of human rights and the arms embargo, illicit crude oil exports, the dissemination of state funds and the financing of armed... Read more
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