South Korea Will Try to Blow Up Kim Jong Un If He Launches Nukes
This story originally appeared on Sept. 14, 2016. If North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un orders a nuclear strike on South Korea, Seoul will attempt to kill him with missiles and devastate Pyongyang in the process. That’s according to a recent report from the Yonhap News Agency citing a military... Read more
Underequipped and Unpaid, Mosul’s Civil Defenders Reunite the Dead With the Living
A month passed since Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi declared victory in the battle to clear Islamic State from Mosul. A hesitant calm has descended over the city as neighborhoods that residents abandoned during the fighting are gradually repopulating. The task of Mosul’s liberators has shifted to reconstruction.... Read more
It Never Ends Well When Brazil Sends Troops Onto the Streets
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Brazil’s defense minister has announced a new phase of security operations in Rio de Janeiro that will involve a massive military deployment, a strategy often used throughout Latin America that has repeatedly failed to produce long-term improvements. In preparation for the second... Read more
How Russia Could Intervene in a Venezuelan Civil War
Venezuela’s political chaos, violence and a full-blown economic depression risks taking down one of Russia’s most important allies in the Western Hemisphere. Years of high oil prices and a pro-Kremlin government brought billions of dollars worth of Russian investment and military sales into the country — which now gives... Read more
The Wrath of U.S. Air Strikes Along the Euphrates River Falls on Civilians
It was midday on Sunday, May 7, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family. They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Then occupied by Islamic State, Tabqa was also under siege by... Read more
In War-Ravaged Southern Turkey, a Man Searched for His Missing Brother
Sakir Gokalp knew the procedure. His mother was dead and his elderly father couldn’t face the trips to morgue. Plus, he had seen mutilated bodies before. “They cut their noses, they cut their eyes, their mouths — everything,” Gokalp said. “One boy was run over by tanks. His body... Read more
Mexico Has No Clue What to Do About Vigilante Militias
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The presence of armed civilian self-defense groups across Mexico will only cause “anarchy,” according to the country’s interior minister. His recent comments underscore a lack of coherent public policy on key security issues, as well as the precarious situation faced by citizens exposed to... Read more
An Independent Kurdistan Would Begin With a Clash
Iraqi Kurdistan’s upcoming independence referendum on Sept. 25, 2017 will determine, among other things, the borders of an emerging Kurdish state in that region. With this determination would likely come border conflicts for an independent state squeezed between several volatile flashpoints. Presently, the borders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region are... Read more
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
Puede que Corea del Norte tenga más armas nucleares de las que pensábamos
Este artículo fue publicado por primera vez el 27 de febrero de 2015. Corea del Norte tiene hasta cuatro veces más armas nucleares de las se estimó anteriormente, y está trabajando duro para llegar a conseguir colocar armas nucleares en cabezas de misiles, según un influyente sitio web que... Read more
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