Emma Coronel. Univision capture / photos below via InSight Crime Mixing with crime bosses often ends in death or arrest by DAVID GAGNE & LUIS FERNANDO ALONSO This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The recent murder of a beauty pageant director in Mexico draws attention to the long history of star-crossed romantic... Read more
A Philippine army soldier. U.S. Navy photo A nexus of nomadic militants, propaganda and criminal organizations pose a threat by KEVIN KNODELL The Philippine military is embarking in a “shock and awe” campaign in its fight with Islamist militants. The move comes not long after Indonesia asked the new Philippine government — headed by... Read more

The Race to Aleppo

WIB front August 11, 2016 0

As usual in such cases, the reaction of loyalist and Russian air force commanders to opposition success was to unleash fighter-bombers for attacks on densely-populated towns under insurgent and jihadist control. The latest tragic example is bombardment of Idlib City by thermite-filled incendiary cluster bomb units on Aug. 9,... Read more
Planning and strikes predate recent requests by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Aug. 1, U.S. Air Force drones and U.S. Marine Corps helicopter gunships attacked Islamic State fighters near Sirte, Libya. With the air strikes, the Pentagon opened up its latest front in the war against the brutal terrorist group. Washington stressed... Read more
No, she never waterboarded anybody by KEVIN KNODELL & BLUE DELLIQUANTI Read more
The tarmac at Sidi Ahmed Air Base, showing off a line of F-5E/F Tiger IIs of No. 15 Squadron, Tunisian air force. TAF release Tiny air force kicked extremists’ asses by TOM COOPER The air wars against Islamist extremists in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan receive reasonable amounts of public attention. On... Read more
Jorge Andrade photo via Flickr Chaos Unfolds in Northeast Brazil Just Before Olympics More than 1,200 troops to deploy in the country’s most violent region by DAVID GAGNE This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Shootings, arson attacks and prison riots have engulfed a northeastern state of Brazil, drawing attention to the major security... Read more
TFBSO’s Kabul compound. SIGAR photo Pictures from inside the America’s defunct, war-zone business venture by MATTHEW GAULT In 2009, the Pentagon shipped American business experts to Afghanistan to help jump-start the war-torn country’s economy. To that end, the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations spent more than $800 million from 2009... Read more
Iraqi air force pilot photo via Arnaud Delalande An-32s can now drop bombs by ARNAUD DELALANDE On July 17, 2016, the first photo appeared on social media depicting an Iraqi air force An-32B Cline transport aircraft carrying a bomb on an external pylon. It’s not the first time that transport aircraft... Read more
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, at left. Photo via Wikipedia Breaking the camouflage wall of silence by NICK TURSE It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire... Read more
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