Did U.S. Helicopters Fly Syrian Rebels Into Battle With Islamic State?
During America’s war in Southeast Asia, Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency helicopters routinely flew guerrillas and other irregular troops around South Vietnam and Laos. Today U.S. choppers could be hauling around rebel troops as part of a secretive campaign against Islamic State in Syria. Sometime between June 27 and June... Read more
An Mi-28N gunship of the Iraqi army flying low over the western Iraqi desert. Iraqi army photo via ACIG.info Civilians may have been caught in the crossfire by ARNAUD DELALANDE During the night of June 28, 2016, a huge convoy reportedly including thousands of Islamic State fighters evacuated Fallujah... Read more
Brazilian military police. André Gustavo Stumpf/Flickr photo Around 85,000 soldiers and police are set to flood the streets — and the games — in August by LLOYD BELTON This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Amid an uptick in violent crime and deepening economic crisis, Brazilian officials plan to secure Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics... Read more
Officials can only give a range of dead terrorists and civilians by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., manned U.S. aircraft and drones have flown hundreds of strikes against terrorists abroad, including U.S. citizens. Humanitarian groups and other critics of... Read more
The Islamic State convoy under air attack from Iraqi helicopters. Photo via YouTube Killing retreating soldiers has a long — and totally legal — history by ROBERT BECKHUSEN As the Iraqi army overran the last of Fallujah’s neighborhoods remaining in the Islamic State’s hands this week, more than 500 vehicles left the city and... Read more
A pair of recently-overhauled Mi-25s of the SyAAF — serial numbers 2820, left, and 2830 — during a military exercise in late 2011. Syrian Ministry of Defense photo Aging helicopters attack indiscriminately by TOM COOPER For three weeks starting in early June 2016, the Damascus suburb of Darayya was exposed to merciless aerial bombardment carried... Read more
A Colombian commando shoots from a building during the Fuerzas Comando competition in May 2016. U.S. Special Operations photo New groups could seize the FARC’s guns, drugs and territory by JEREMY MCDERMOTT This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The Colombian government and rebels of the FARC laid out their... Read more
U.S. and Cameroonian infantry during an exercise in Gabon on June 21, 2016. DoD photo AFRICOM clams up after commander peddles contradictory statements to Congress by NICK TURSE Gen. David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity — if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight. After graduating from West Point in 1976,... Read more
A fishing boat goes kaboom. Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries photo Here’s one way to stop poachers by ROBERT BECKHUSEN An Indonesian navy corvette fired on a Chinese fishing boat on June 17, forcing back an expedition by a dozen intruding vessels near the Natuna Islands. The Indonesian... Read more
A hospital in Aleppo. Photo via Wikipedia But cutaneous leishmaniasis is not a threat to Europe by BRYSON MASSE The images of cutaneous leishmaniasis are striking. The tenor of its coverage, more so. Faces of Syrian refugees with terrible boils and bubbling skin lead headlines that claim there is an imminent... Read more
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