To Equip Its New Armed Forces, Iraq Shopped Around
Iraq in the last decade has made major progress re-equipping its armed forces. It’s done so by carefully selecting arms from different sources, shrewdly factoring in cost and political considerations. The end result is a military with a surprising variety of weaponry. Under Saddam Hussein – when the Iraqi... Read more
Facebook Let Myanmar Perpetrate Genocide
During the infamous Rwandan genocide of 1994, radio stations such as Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines helped foment—and later, even directed—the violence and atrocities of nationalist militias, filling the airwaves with hateful messages exhorting Hutus to slaughter the Tutsi minority and their allies, whom they labeled as “cockroaches”... Read more
‘It Was a Murder’

‘It Was a Murder’

WIB front November 1, 2018

He was clearly exhausted. A supervisor from one of the Chicago Police Department’s specialized gang units had spent two hours detailing an extraordinary career. He had spent more than two decades working in the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago. Undercover drug buys, dangerous foot pursuits, running wires, drug busts. He’d... Read more
Turkey’s Drones Target Kurdish Militants
Turkey in recent years has gone from being a buyer of drones to a producer of them. It has built and fielded a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles, including armed ones, in combat. As invariably is the case is with any new Turkish military equipment, Ankara’s drones flew their... Read more
Turkey Threatens U.S. Allies in Syria
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again threatened to launch further cross-border military operations targeting the United States’ Syrian Kurdish-led allies in the country’s northeast. “God willing, very soon … we will leave the terror nests east of the Euphrates in disarray,” Erdogan declared on Oct. 12, 2018,... Read more
Iran Lobs Ballistic Missiles at Iraq and Syria
On Sept. 8 and Oct. 1, 2018, Iran launched major missile strikes targeting its adversaries in both Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria in the most significant series of missile strikes the country has undertaken in almost two decades. The October strike targeted Islamic State militants near the eastern Syrian border... Read more
Yemen’s Descent Into Hell
It’s the war from Hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle East and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children... Read more
The Kurds Are All But Defenseless Against Air Attack
In late August 2018 a rumor circulated that U.S. military forces in Syria were acquiring radars for an air-defense system that, according to the Turkish press, help to establish a no-fly zone over the country’s Kurdish-majority northeast. The U.S. government has sought to downplay such speculation, dubbing it “a... Read more
Tijuana’s Morgue Is Overflowing
Forensic authorities in Tijuana are overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of violence. Buried in mass graves without being identified, the victims add up to the list of tens of thousands of people who have gone missing since the beginning of the war on drugs. Martín de la Cruz Roja... Read more
On the Lonely Iraq-Syria Border, Snipers Battle for a Strategic Road
This story originally appeared on Oct. 1, 2014. I don my helmet and scoot onto the rooftop with the Kurdish fighters, all of us keeping low to avoid forming silhouettes. Because silhouettes are targets—and there are Islamic State snipers out there, somewhere in Rabia, the nearby Iraqi town just... Read more
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