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
La Tuna, Mexico. Digital Globe imagery Mountain assault violates a taboo by LUIS FERNANDO ALONSO This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Heavily armed men reportedly descended on the hometown of “El Chapo,” ransacking his mother’s home, killing several residents and displacing 150 families, a clear indication that the sun is setting on... Read more
Toophan launchers on the back of Safir tactical vehicles at an Iranian military parade. Photo via military.ir Tank busters spotted in Iraq, Syria and Yemen look a lot like Toophans by ADAM RAWNSLEY The CIA program to supply Arab rebels in Syria has made TOW anti-tank guided missiles a nearly ubiquitous... Read more
An Apache helicopter in Afghanistan in May 2016. U.S. Army photo Coalition airpower gets closer to the action by RODRIGO UGARTE U.S. Army Apache helicopters unleashed their might on Islamic State positions in northern Iraq on June 12. The gunships assisted Iraqi troops working to isolate and retake the city of Mosul,... Read more
An Eritrean mural. David Stanley/Flickr photo Outbursts of violence won’t let this decades-old conflict end by PETER DOERRIE Heavy fighting erupted between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces at their disputed border on June 12, with shelling continuing into Monday morning as both sides blamed each other for the return of hostilities. Casualties... Read more
Bedouin volunteers for a Sunni-led anti-ISIS militia dance after a day of training. Matt Cetti-Roberts photo But relations between neighbors remain difficult by KEVIN KNODELL Arabs in the Iraqi-Syrian border town of Rabia are enlisting in the peshmerga — the armed paramilitaries of Iraq’s Kurdish region — in a move which could bolster America’s... Read more
Peruvian air force A-37s. Photo via Wikipedia Aerial interdiction has cost innocent lives by RODRIGO UGARTE On April 20, 2001, Peruvian security forces, with CIA help, shot down a small floatplane over the Amazon near the Brazilian border. American missionary Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter died in the attack. Having filed... Read more
Three ministers of defense who met in Tehran on June 9, 2016 —from left to right, General of the Army Sergey Kuzhugetovic Shoygu from Russia, Col.-Gen. Fahd Jassem Al Freij from Syria and Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan from Iran. Iranian National T.V. capture Each country is waging its own war... Read more
Mexican troops on parade in 2009. Jubilo/Flickr photo Cartels diversify supply of firearms by DEBORAH BONELLO This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last 10 years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that the country’s... Read more
Chinese peacekeepers in Mali. MINUSMA photo Beijing learns that peacekeeping is dangerous by KEVIN KNODELL On May 31, a rocket attack in the Water Tower neighborhood of the Malian town of Gao struck Chinese peacekeepers. The attack killed 29-year-old First Sgt. Shen Lianlian and injured several of his fellow soldiers. A... Read more
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