A U.S. Army M-109A6 self-propelled howitzer fires in Iraq. U.S. Army photo Boots are on the ground by JOSEPH TREVITHICK An Islamic State roadside bomb killed an American service member Oct. 20 somewhere in Northern Iraq, the Pentagon announced in a statement. The release did not say what unit the individual... Read more
No one knows for certain whose remains lie strewn across the ‘killing field’ of Leer, South Sudan. Some may belong to men and boys suffocated to death in a shipping container in October 2015. Nick Turse photo Death and life in the lost town of Leer by NICK TURSE There it is... Read more
Kurdish peshmerga during an exercise on Oct. 12, 2016. U.S. Army photo Podcast — who takes control, who rebuilds and what becomes of the Islamic State by MATTHEW GAULT Mosul is an ancient city. The Greeks encountered it in 401 B.C. It was a center of manufacturing and trade in the Middle Ages. It... Read more
A Kurdish soldier during a react-to-fire and chemical warfare exercise near Erbil, Iraq in September 2016. U.S. Army photo An offensive to retake the sprawling city will not be simple, but the terror group might have a harder time preventing it by ROBERT BECKHUSEN On Oct. 16, more than two... Read more
Arsen Pavlov. Norma Costello photo Russian commander dies in Ukraine bomb attack by NORMA COSTELLO In a solemn press conference in Donetsk, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, leader of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” in eastern Ukraine, abandoned all political pleasantries. “Dear friends, acquaintances, assholes, bastards — you should be very afraid,” he warned. Dressed in military uniform... Read more
USS ‘Nitze’. U.S. Navy photo But the enemy keeps changing by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Oct. 9, militants in Yemen — widely believed be members or allies of the Houthis, an Iran-backed Shi’ite political movement — fired missiles at the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason and the amphibious mothership Ponce in the Bab Al Mandab Strait.... Read more
‘Yantar.’ Almaz Design Bureau photo ‘Yantar’ has been acting … weirdly by BEN SULLIVAN If you think some conspiracy theories are just too coincidental to be wrong, you’re going to love this one. An internet outage expert at U.S. internet monitor Dyn, along with several Twitter users and bloggers, believe that a secretive... Read more
A Salvadoran UH-H1 Huey helicopter in May 2015. U.S. Army photo Mara Salvatrucha sought to pool resources to fund a commando unit by TRISTAN CLAVEL This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new report seems to indicate that various branches of the MS13 gang in El Salvador attempted to pool their resources... Read more
One of three Type 021 missile boats purchased by Yemen from China in 1995. Photo via Chinese internet Yemeni militants pulled Chinese-made anti-ship missiles from old patrol boats by TOM COOPER At 7:00 in the evening local time on Oct. 9, 2016, a missile fired from Houthi-controlled territory around the port of... Read more
A piece of a mortar shell in North Darfur. UNAMID photo Bombs landed on civilians, and then their skin fell off by PETER DOERRIE The conflict in Darfur is now well into its second decade. Since 2003, the Sudanese military and various allied militias have fought rebels in this part of western... Read more
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