America’s Phony War
Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched and people — generally not Americans — are killed, wounded, uprooted and displaced. Yet here at home, there’s nothing real about those wars.  Here, it’s phony war all the way. In the... Read more
Four Years After an ISIS Massacre, the Iraqi Air Force Opens a New Academy
On Feb. 21, 2018, the Iraqi government announced that the Iraqi air force had reopened its academy at Balad air base. U.S. Central Command announced that the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team will help establish standardized training programs. Forty cadets will start their coursework in March 2018. Before... Read more
The West Sold Tanks to the Middle East, And Now It’s Frustrated
Ten years ago, the United States approved an arms deal supplying 140 M-1A1 main battle tanks to Iraq. Turkey, another Middle East user of Western armor, relies heavily on German-made Leopard tanks. But in recent weeks, both the United States and Germany have expressed growing wariness over how Iraq... Read more
Iraq’s Chinese-Made Killer Drones Are Actually Pretty Good
On Feb. 12th, 2018, the Iraqi ministry of defense released a video depicting its Chinese-made CH-4B armed unmanned aerial vehicles. The brief report underscores the type’s success in Iraqi service. The video claims that the CH-4B drones have executed most of their attack and reconnaissance missions in northwest Iraq.... Read more
L’Irak et les leçons de la guerre blindée contre l’EI
Après ses succès contre l’Etat Islamique sur le champ de bataille, l’Irak se penche sur les besoins futurs de ses forces armées. Bagdad pourrait acheter des chars lourds T-90, tout en évaluant la possibilité de remanier profondément sa flotte de T-55 vieillissants pour en faire des systèmes d’arme bien... Read more
Iraq Learned Tank Lessons in the War With Islamic State
Following its success against the Islamic State (ISIS) on the battlefield Iraq is looking into the future needs of its armored forces. Baghdad has plans to purchase T-90 main battle tanks on the table and is simultaneously evaluating the feasibility of fundamentally revamping its fleet of vintage T-55 tanks... Read more
Terror and Murder — Islamic State Switches to an Insurgency in Iraq
Iraq’s military has essentially destroyed the physical Islamic “State” which once militarily occupied one-third of the country. The effort to root out the Islamic State insurgency could take years. Iraq is now faced with the difficult task of implementing effective counter-insurgency methods as the group reverts to its origins... Read more
Before 2003, the Pentagon Planned a Secret Air War Over Iraq
In early 2004, as controversy over the decision to invade Iraq the year prior mounted, Pres. George W. Bush endured accusations his administration had decided from the very beginning to take military action to force regime change in Baghdad. Paul H. O’Neill, Bush’s secretary of the treasury until his... Read more
In 1991, an Iraqi Fighter Pilot Bravely Faced American F-15s
U.S. Air Force captain Steve Tate — call sign “Tater” — scored one of the first aerial victories of Operation Desert Storm, downing an Iraqi air force Mirage F.1 during the night of Jan. 16 and 17, 1991. Few people have heard that story from the Iraqi pilot’s perspective.... Read more
What Destroyed This Abrams Tank?
On Oct. 20, 2017, the Kurdish Peshmerga claimed to have destroyed an Iraqi M-1A1 Abrams tank during fighting in Kirkuk province and took grainy video footage to prove it. It was an especially noteworthy clash given that Western allies supplied many of Iraqi Kurdistan’s anti-tank missiles and Iraq’s Abrams... Read more

Robert Beckhusen

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