In Afghanistan, Fewer Civilian Casualties Is Still Too Many
Civilian casualties dropped slightly in Afghanistan in 2017, according to the latest annual report from the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. UNAMA recorded 10,453 civilian casualties for the year — a nine-percent dip compared to 2016. The nine-percent decrease was a result of fewer injuries and death in ground... Read more
Turkey’s Offensive Into Afrin Is Slow and Bloody
On Jan. 20, the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch — the ongoing invasion of the northwestern Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin Canton. From the onset, Turkey claimed that the operation would result in a swift victory. However, a month later, Olive Branch is showing clear signs of becoming... Read more
Central African Republic’s Bone Collectors
In early August 2015, workers from the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action exhumed three piles of bones from a drinking well in the Kilometer-5 district of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic. At least three people, and possibly more, were deposited there. The remains were missing their skulls.... Read more
Egypt Launches a Major Offensive Against Islamic State
On Feb. 9, 2018, Egyptian army spokesman Col. Tamer El Refai announced that the Egyptian armed forces had launched the largest-ever offensive against Islamic terror groups in Sinai, the Nile Delta and the western desert close to the Libyan border. The Egyptian air force quickly carried out around 30... Read more
The U.S. Military Bushwacked Iranian Forces in Syria
In early February 2018, Syrian regime forces moved to take over oil fields near Dayr Az Zayr that U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces group had seized from Islamic State in September 2017. The United States responded with a devastating bombardment that killed scores of pro-regime troops. The... Read more
L’Irak et les leçons de la guerre blindée contre l’EI
Après ses succès contre l’Etat Islamique sur le champ de bataille, l’Irak se penche sur les besoins futurs de ses forces armées. Bagdad pourrait acheter des chars lourds T-90, tout en évaluant la possibilité de remanier profondément sa flotte de T-55 vieillissants pour en faire des systèmes d’arme bien... Read more
A Russian Pilot Died While Attacking Civilians in Syria
On Dec. 11, 2017, Russian president Vladimir Putin, gave a speech to members of the Russian air force — the Russian acronym is “VKS” — at Hmemmem air base in Syria. The most notable part of Putin’s comments was his order for withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. But... Read more
Venezuela Crisis Fuels Piracy, Contraband in the Caribbean
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A recent journalistic investigation shows how a small patch of water between Venezuela’s eastern coast and the shores of Trinidad and Tobago has become a dangerous haven for pirates and criminals smuggling contraband between the two nations, underscoring the consequences of Venezuela’s failure to... Read more
Fresh Armed Groups Exploit Colombia’s Violent Border With Venezuela
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Venezuela’s continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal dynamics on the Colombia-Venezuela border, transforming the region into one of the most important organized crime hubs in Latin America. The Colombia-Venezuela border region... Read more
Russia Boasts of Using 215 New Weapons Systems in Syria
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin praised the performance of the Russian military and its hardware during the Kremlin’s campaign in Syria, but stressed that Moscow has to fix problems that were brought to light during those operations. “The rout of the well-equipped terrorist groups in Syria demonstrated the power of... Read more
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