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
The Mosul Dam. Benedetta Argentieri/War Is Boring photo U.S. officials have warned a collapse of the Mosul Dam is inevitable without urgent repairs, but work is moving slowly by BENEDETTA ARGENTIERI May 19, 2016 was a good day for Mohsen Hassan, deputy director of the Mosul Dam in Iraq. The sun... Read more
Sister Cinta Mutisya, principal at the school from Kenya. Nuba Reports screen capture For the second time in a year, St. Vincent Primary School has come under attack by Sudanese warplanes by NUBA REPORTS The Sudanese government continues to target children in the ongoing conflict in the Nuba Mountains. On Wednesday... Read more
SPLM-N rebels in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. Nuba Reports photo Time is running out for planters in the Nuba Mountains by NUBA REPORTS Nuba Reports has published an article and film in Foreign Policy detailing this fighting season. Intense fighting persists in key locations in the Nuba Mountains, with ongoing near-daily aerial bombardments... Read more
What’s Left of the Syrian Arab Army?
The general impression is that the Syrian Arab Army remains the largest military force involved in the Syrian Civil War, and that — together with the so-called National Defense Forces — it remains the dominant military service under the control of government of Pres. Bashar Al Assad. Media that are at least sympathetic to... Read more
A Thrush firefighting plane. Photo via Wikipedia user Hustvedt The mercenary entrepreneur is probably wrong about the market for private warplanes by PETER DOERRIE You probably remember Blackwater, the notorious U.S. mercenary company that rose to fame — or infamy, as it were — during the Iraq war. You might also remember Erik Prince, a... Read more
The Coalition Just Formed a Fighting Unit of 120 Kurdish Women
British and Dutch military advisers in Northern Iraq have wrapped up training for a class of female peshmerga fighters. The foreign instructors trained 120 Kurdish women in infantry tactics, first aid and counter-IED skills. This is the first time the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition has trained Kurdish women. These... Read more
Nearby farming and mining mean easy access to explosive components by THOMAS BARON Islamic State builds its improvised explosive devices using components from 51 different companies in 20 countries. That’s the startling conclusion of a new report from Conflict Armament Research. “These findings support growing international awareness that ... Read more
Kurdish fighters in Iraq. Matt Cetti-Roberts/War Is Boring photo Blame the Great Game by PAUL IDDON In a predictable world, Israel and Iraqi Kurdistan would be the closest allies. However, the Middle East is not predictable, and the Israelis have refrained from sending weapons to help the Kurds’ war with the Islamic State.... Read more
American Commandos Are Ready to Sneak All Over the Middle East
When the Pentagon announced plans to send a team of commandos to Syria, no one seemed to stop and ask the most basic question — how are they going to get into an active war zone in the first place? Official documents show that the U.S. Air Force likely... Read more
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