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  • Chicago Tribune: Hillary can't win. She's the establishment candidate in year of insurgency.

    03/13/2016 4:14:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 03/13/2016 | John Kass
    Hillary Clinton will not be elected president of the United States. Why? Because she can't win, that's why. And the sooner you figure this out, the calmer you will be. She wants desperately to win. She's endured painful decades of Bill, years of Barack, eating all the insults like so many sins and swallowing them down as the price of her ambition. It's all there in the dull weight of her eyes. But I just don't see Hillary winning this election, because she's the lone candidate of the establishment in a year of insurgency. Common wisdom and her fierce Clinton...
  • "The Army of Muhammad" Confesses: We Received Aid in Money and Arms from Syria and Iran

    01/18/2005 8:42:39 AM PST · by TexKat · 10 replies · 949+ views
    MemriTV ^ | 1/14/05
    The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commanded Saddam Hussein's "the Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by the Iraqi TV channel that operated from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, on January 14, 2005. Interrogator: What is your name? Muayed Al-Nasseri: Colonel Muayed Yassin 'Aziz 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The Army of Muhammad was founded by Saddam Hussein after the fall of the regime, on April 9, 2003. At first, Yasser Al-Shab'awi was put in charge, until his captured in July...
  • The JRTN Movement and Iraq’s Next Insurgency

    03/28/2015 4:05:03 PM PDT · by piasa · 4 replies
    Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point ^ | July 1, 2011 | Michael Knights
    The stabilization of Iraq has become wedged on a plateau, beyond which further improvement will be a slow process. According to incident metrics compiled by Olive Group, the average monthly number of insurgent attacks between January and June 2011 was 380.[1] The incident count in January was 376, indicating that incident levels remained roughly stable in the first half of 2011. One reason behind this stability is the ongoing virulence of northern and central Iraqi insurgents operating within Sunni Arab communities. Five predominately Sunni provinces and western Baghdad were responsible for an average of 68.5% of national incidents each month...
  • Former Iraqi general said to be coordinating attacks

    10/29/2003 6:25:49 PM PST · by TexKat · 11 replies · 95+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former Iraqi general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, is reported to be coordinating attacks in Iraq by foreign fighters and Iraqi regime loyalists, a US defense official said. "There are reports that the al-Douri is coordinating the attacks," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The reports in military channels fingering al-Douri as the coordinator of the attacks probably came from the recent capture in Mosul of a former secretary of al-Douri and two senior members of Ansar al-Islam who were close to the general, the official said. Number six on the US list of 55...
  • 1920s Revolution Brigades denounces al Qaeda [the end of AQI]

    10/04/2007 5:35:03 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 33 replies · 1,155+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 10/4/2007 | Bill Roggio
    The Long War Journal: Al Douri forms nationalist Sunni coalition; 1920s Revolution Brigades denounces al Qaeda Written by Bill Roggio on October 4, 2007 11:34 AM to The Long War Journal Available online at: The Sunni insurgency continues to fracture as US and Iraqi forces are on the offensive in central and northern Iraq. Izzat Ibrahim al Douri, the most wanted Baathist and leader in the Sunni insurgency, has formed a new insurgent front which is willing to negotiate, while a faction of the 1920s Revolution Brigades openly denounced al Qaeda. A grouping of 22 Sunni insurgent groups have...
  • US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

    09/02/2014 3:51:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 9-2-2014 | Tyler Durden
    While only 'humanitarian adviser' boots on the ground are present in Iraq (and Syria), Reuters reports that preparations are under way near Ukraine's western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. As Obama told reporters last week, "that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," it seems a little odd 'strategically' to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine, entailing the first significant deployment of U.S....
  • Pro-Russia Forces Gain Ground as Ukraine’s Volunteer Battalions Decry Kiev Leaders

    08/27/2014 7:06:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Vice News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Harriet Salem
    <p>As Russia forces push forward towards the southeastern Ukraine coastal city of Mariupol and evidence mounts of direct Russian military support to the insurgent fighters, besieged volunteer units of "patriots" leading the way in the country's fight back say they are not receiving enough support from Kiev to win the war.</p>
  • Ukraine Says Russia Violated Its Border (Aid Convoy Arrives Lugansk Without Permission)

    08/22/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8-22-2014 | Anton Troianovski in Kiev, and
    -Kiev Says Crossing of Russian Trucks Without Red Cross Violates Agreement Ukraine charged Russia with violating its borders by driving dozens of trucks into the rebel-held east of the country on Friday, a sharp escalation in tensions after an extended standoff over a large convoy believed to be carrying humanitarian aid that Moscow dispatched last week. Russia's foreign ministry said it sent in the trucks unilaterally because Kiev was deliberately halting the delivery. But Ukrainian officials said trucks had entered Ukraine without being accompanied by the International Committee of the Red Cross, violating a previous agreement. They charged that Russian...
  • Kiev U-turn over claim that Russian tanks, artillery and 1,200 fighters deployed in E. Ukraine

    08/21/2014 11:58:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-20-2014 | Will Stewart, Damien Gail
    -Ukrainian official claimed troops moved in just as the city was poised to fall -But they have since been forced to deny the allegation after strong rebuttal -If true it would have been tantamount to an invasion of Ukraine by Russia -Putin set to meet Ukrainian president Poroshenko in Belarus on Monday Muddled security officials in Ukraine were last night forced to deny a huge Russian military convoy had been deployed in the eastern rebel-run city of Lugansk. The strong rebuttal suggested an earlier claim about an invasion by Vladimir Putin's troops amounted to a crude propaganda move by the...
  • Ku Klux Act passed by Congress (This day in history)

    04/19/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies ^ | 04/19/2014 | staff
    With passage of the Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux Act, Congress authorizes President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations, and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). ---SNIP-- the KKK engaged in terrorist raids against African-Americans and white Republicans at night, employing intimidation, destruction of property, assault, and murder to achieve its aims and influence upcoming elections. In a few Southern states, Republicans organized militia units to break up the Klan.
  • What Makes Us Different? (Vanity?)

    10/30/2013 9:56:36 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 62 replies
    My mind | 10/30/13 | Hoagy62
    I was speaking with Mrs. Hoagy62 this morning about some of the threads I was seeing here on FR. There is a LOT of things being said about defense in the face of tyranny, tactics to be used when going up against tyrannical forces, and general commentary about what one does in certain situations. One of the things that I found a little disturbing is the thought that one should target families of those who may be in the employ of the government/military/police forces on the opposite side of a possible CWII conflict. I refer to the comment on the...
  • How they hunt (how counter-insurgency intelligence and exploitation systems work)

    08/18/2013 8:48:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    I’ve cobbling this entry together between uptime and downtime over the last couple of weeks so bear with me on this one. I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding of how counter-insurgency intelligence and exploitation systems work so I’m going to touch on them a bit in this entry.  It’s by no means comprehensive as that would take an entire volume to document.  So what I’m going to attempt to do here is give the reader some insight into how an insurgency is identified, exploited, and targeted using a fairly simple and brief scenario.Make no mistake that over the last...
  • Thoughts on Insurgencies #9 North Ireland AKA The Troubles (Things an effective resistance must do)

    05/23/2013 8:03:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Today I want to talk about The Troubles. I previously talked about Operation Banner An Analysis of British Operations in North Ireland.That is worth reading though it is a bit dry. So here we go. For a brief recap the problems between England and Ireland probably go back 900 years or so. We will focus a bit more on current history. The Anglo- Irish war from roughly (start and stop points are hard for guerrilla wars) 1919 to 1922 ended up partitioning Ireland into 2 entities. The 26 counties that make up the majority of Ireland were granted Dominion...
  • 5 Iranian Officials Released by U.S. Return to Iran

    07/12/2009 10:59:05 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 7 replies · 550+ views
    Fox News ^ | 07/12/2009 | Fox News
    TEHRAN, Iran — Five Iranian officials who were held in Iraq for more than two years by U.S. forces on suspicion of aiding local Shiite militants returned to Iran Sunday, where the Iranian foreign minister hailed their return as a victory for Iran. The five diplomats flew to Tehran from Iraq on Sunday and were met at the airport by a cheering crowd of onlookers who carried the men on their shoulders and put garlands of flowers around their necks. Iran's Foreign Minster Manouchehr Mottaki in a news conference with the men that was carried by Iran's Press-TV minutes after...
  • Action Alert: Chapel Hill NC Recruiting Station Vandalism Threat 11/15

    11/13/2007 8:40:17 AM PST · by gtoast99 · 33 replies · 511+ views
    Gathering of Eagles ^ | Orange Co. NC GoE Coordinator
    UNC Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is sponsering a protest march from "the pit" on campus to the local Chapel Hill Recruiting Center, downtown. They promise it will end in "creative action" at the recruiting center. SDS pagePrevious "creative action" has resulted in three paint vandalism attacks on military facilities in Chapel Hill in the last year, once at the ROTC office and twice on this very recruiting station. ROTC attack pics recruiting station attackFurthermore, the rally is organized by Kosta Harlan, notable for his article "The Iraqi Resistance is Just, and Should be Supported" in which he brags...
  • American Insurgents [Army colonel ignites firestorm with article on crushing the Tea Party]

    08/13/2012 8:59:36 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 36 replies ^ | 8-13-2012 | Vicki Crawford
    Imagine a group of individuals seizing an American town or city, disarming the local law enforcement agency, apprehending and imprisoning citizens who pose threats to their agenda, and taking over the local government. Such a scenario may seem unlikely to the average American unless one were to consider a group composed of something like Islamic extremists or foreign nationals who are anti-American with a political agenda. No doubt the guardians that we task to protect and defend our freedoms, our lives, and our property consider such a scenario as well as many potential other ones that can pose threats to...
  • Military Strategy: What are the optimal siege tactics for taking Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle?

    07/17/2012 7:34:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    Military Strategy: What are the optimal siege tactics for taking Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle? What if the Mouse House rises up as an evil totalitarianism government, enslaving the masses and dooming us all to a life of hand-stitching Pluto plushies? Something would have to be done. And one pack of folks has outlined the perfect plan of attack on Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle. The story originates at as follows ... Cinderella Castle is the the worldwide-recognized icon of the Disney empire. Physical representations of it stand at the center of two Disney Parks: Walt Disney World in Florida, and...
  • The End of Counterinsurgency and the Scalable Force

    06/05/2012 11:30:09 AM PDT · by arthurus · 8 replies
    Stratfor ^ | June 5, 2012 | George Friedman
    y George Friedman The U.S. military for years has debated the utility of counterinsurgency operations. Drawing from a sentiment that harkens back to the Vietnam War, many within the military have long opposed...There is of course another dimension of asymmetric warfare, which encapsulates guerrilla warfare and special operations warfare. This is warfare by which highly trained light infantry forces are deployed on a clearly defined mission but are not dependent on the local population.
  • Tens of Thousands of Refugees Trapped at Christian Compound After Mass Slaughter in Duékoué

    04/05/2011 9:58:24 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 24 replies ^ | 04/05/2011 | By Right Network
    Tens of Thousands of Refugees Trapped at Christian Compound After Mass Slaughter in Duékoué | FavStocks
  • How Khadafy can win

    03/26/2011 3:05:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 25, 2011 | KEN ALLARD
    Moammar Khadafy can survive and even prevail over the vastly more pow erful and technologically advanced NATO-led coalition. To do so, the Libyan dictator can not only exploit the inherent weaknesses of any coalition, but even turn NATO's technologies into a weakness. From the Navy's Top Gun to the Army's OPFOR (Opposing Force), the US military systematically trains to think like its enemies -- to anticipate how the enemy will try to overcome US advantages, pitting his strengths against our weaknesses. This classic "Red Hat versus Blue Hat" analysis begins by comparing objectives. The United States and NATO want to...
  • Obama, Code Pink and Egypt: 'There Are No Coincidences in Politics' (as seen on Glenn Beck)

    02/03/2011 3:42:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    As the cliche goes, there are no coincidences in politics. Obama fundraiser group Code Pink just happened to have arrived in Cairo last week for the group’s ninth visit there in two years as part of its campaign to undermine the Mubarak government and help Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza. Code Pink and the media are trying to portray the leftist group's 'sudden' appearance in Cairo Wednesday as an act of courageous support for a democratic revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth.Code Pink protests the Mubarak government in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. February 2, 2011. Code...
  • Indonesia orders Super Tucanos for light attack role

    11/12/2010 9:31:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flight International ^ | 11/11/10 | Greg Waldron
    Indonesia orders Super Tucanos for light attack role By Greg Waldron Indonesia plans to buy eight Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack turboprops, and could eventually double its order - the first for the Brazilian type in the Asia-Pacific region. "Air force headquarters has decided to replace our Rockwell OV-10 Broncos with as many as 16 Super Tucanos," says Indonesian air force operational commander Yushan Sayuti, according to a report by the country's official Antara news agency. The first Super Tucanos will arrive in 2012 under the initial order, which also includes ground-support stations and a logistics package. Several other...
  • Sunnis in Iraq Allied With U.S. Quitting to Rejoin Rebels (Insurgency re-emerging?)

    10/17/2010 10:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/17/2010 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and DURAID ADNAN
    Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to an intensive recruitment campaign by the Sunni insurgency, according to government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents. Although there are no firm figures, security and political officials say hundreds of the well-disciplined fighters — many of whom have gained extensive knowledge about the American military — appear to have rejoined Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Beyond that, officials say that even many of the Awakening fighters still on the Iraqi government payroll, possibly thousands of...
  • Boxer, Waxman Under Fire for Approving Radical Mission Behind Enemy Lines

    10/13/2010 3:15:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Chris Garcia
    Two top California legislators are coming under fire after new evidence has emerged that they helped a group of radical antiwar activists cross the Iraqi-Jordanian border in order to deliver aid to families of enemy insurgents in the war-ridden Iraqi city of Fallujah. In December 2004, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D) each sent letters of diplomatic courtesy to the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, requesting assistance for members of the radical group Global Exchange and the antiwar group Palisadians for Peace. The letters, according to a January 4, 2005 article written by Islam Online correspondent Adam...
  • N. Korea: N.K. collapse could spark global crisis

    09/09/2010 4:58:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 09/05/10
    N.K. collapse could spark global crisis 2010-09-05 17:22 QUANTICO, Virginia (AFP) -- North Korea‘s regime has long defied naysayers by persevering through famines, floods and global opprobrium. But what would happen if the upcoming power transition marks the beginning of the end? In the view of one U.S. military strategist, a collapse of North Korea -- a dirt-poor nation with an indoctrinated population and nuclear-armed military -- could result in no less than the greatest world crisis in modern times. Col. David Maxwell, who heads the Strategic Initiatives Group at the Army’s Special Operations Command, said that the U.S. needed...
  • Women targeted in Chechnya

    08/22/2010 11:09:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2010
    Many women in Russia's volatile Chechnya region said on Friday they had been harassed and some physically harmed by bands of men for not wearing head scarves during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Against the backdrop of a spreading Islamist insurgency, many fear that growing interest in radical Islam could fuel separatism in the volatile North Caucasus, where the Kremlin watches uneasily as sharia law eclipses Russian. Residents and witnesses told Reuters that bearded men in traditional Islamic dress have been roaming the streets both on foot and in cars since Ramadan started on Aug. 11, demanding bare-headed women...
  • Taliban says US drone attacks 'temporarily' hindering insurgency

    07/23/2010 6:39:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    the guardian ^ | 7/23/10 | Mark Tran
    Spokesman says increased use of unmanned aircraft has forced change in operations, but drummed up new recruits The Taliban have admitted that US drone attacks have disrupted their operations in Afghanistan but insist it will be only for the short term. Under Barack Obama, the US has stepped up the use of unmanned aircraft to target Taliban leaders and foreign fighters sheltering in neighbouring Pakistan, particularly in the border region of North Waziristan and South Waziristan. "In the short term, yes, you can say it has caused us some difficulties because of the martyrdoms and realignment of our ranks,"
  • Three-way Stalemate in Afghanistan

    05/19/2010 6:50:38 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 8 replies · 339+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2010 | Editorial
    According to U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the good news from Afghanistan is that the Taliban are not winning. The bad news is that the coalition isn't either. "I think that in the last year we've made a lot of progress," the commander of international forces said in an interview last week. But by progress, he meant stopping the momentum the insurgents had built up the previous year. Overall, the general said, "I think I'd be prepared to say at this point, nobody is winning." It's sobering when a stalemate is considered positive movement in war.
  • Why Women Are Called Sluts When They Sleep Around, But Men Aren’t

    02/08/2010 10:07:18 PM PST · by libh8er · 127 replies · 3,229+ views
    You often hear women, especially feminists and sluts, complaining about how it’s such an unfair double standard that men are called studs when they sleep around, yet women are called sluts. It’s really not a double standard though, because both scenarios are pretty different in terms of circumstances and consequences. I can think of at least three crucial differences. First, sleeping around is easier for women. Regardless of how you feel about promiscuity, we can all agree that a guy who manages to rack up a lot of sexual partners has to have some skills. It’s challenging for men to...
  • Yemen clashes continue, ceasefire offer rejected

    01/31/2010 7:35:33 AM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 795+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 31, 2010 | Mohamed Ghobari and Ulf Laessing
    SANAA, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Yemen rejected a ceasefire offer from Shi'ite rebels on Sunday and said fighting was continuing, as neighbouring Saudi Arabia accused the insurgents of mounting sniper attacks inside its territory. The conflict with the northern rebels, who complain of social, religious and economic discrimination in the southern Arabian state, has rumbled on since 2004, but intensified last year and drew in oil-rich Saudi Arabia. Yemen is also struggling against al Qaeda and southern secessionists, and Western powers fear it could become a failed state. The U.S. State Department's counterterrorism chief was visiting Yemen on Sunday, state...
  • Iran's IRGC said to be increasing surveillance, intel ops in Kuwait

    01/29/2010 3:33:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 211+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 2/1/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Kuwait has been investigating reports of an Iranian-backed Shi'ite insurgency plot. Officials said Kuwait has launched an investigation into allegations that Shi'ites funded and directed by Iran planned to attack key facilities in the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom. The investigation was said to center on Shi'ite soldiers in neighboring Bahrain trained in sabotage. Officials have warned of a growing Shi'ite threat in Kuwait, a Sunni-ruled country with nearly 50 percent of the population being Shi'ite. They said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has increased surveillance and other intelligence operations in Kuwait, which hosts more than 15,000 U.S. military soldiers. "There...
  • Arabs Unite In Yemen Against Iran

    12/18/2009 1:14:39 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 562+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 16, 2009
    The war against Iranian supported, Shia tribesmen, in northern Yemen, continues. Many of the key rebels have retreated to their fortified villages in the mountains. The Yemeni air force is bombing these villages, and the Shia rebels are complaining about civilian casualties. That's usually a sign that they are losing, and striving to make their use of human shields as effective as possible. The Saudi Air Force is heavily patrolling, and bombing the Yemen border region, hitting rebels (and non-hostile smugglers) caught crossing the semi-desert frontier region. Yemen has had its differences with Saudi Arabia in the past, particularly over...
  • Why the Civil Rights Movement Was an Insurgency, and Why It Matters

    12/17/2009 3:19:38 PM PST · by BGHater · 4 replies · 645+ views
    Blog them out of the Stone Age ^ | 04 May 2009 | Mark Grimsley
    A video of the talk I gave at the Army Heritage Education Center in mid-March is now available online:Perspectives: March 18, 2009 “Why the Civil Rights Movement was an Insurgency, and Why it Matters” Mark S. Grimsley, Ph.D. Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History, U.S. Army War College Most Americans fail to appreciate that the Civil Rights movement was about the overthrow of an entrenched political order in each of the Southern states, that the segregationists who controlled this order did not hesitate to employ violence (law enforcement, paramilitary, mob) to preserve it, and that for nearly a...
  • Afghan Insurgency Tests German Troops

    11/14/2009 6:38:13 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies · 583+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2009 | By ALAN CULLISON in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG in Berlin
    One night in August, the Taliban stormed a local police station in this once-peaceful province and shot dead the governor's younger brother. Since then, the governor has singled out a culprit: The German military, which he says refused to send a helicopter to rescue his brother as he bled to death. "I called them and they said that wasn't a mission they could do," said Gov. Mohammad Omar. "They don't like to go out at night." German officials said there was no way they could have saved his brother. They offered their condolences, and said the death is just one...
  • Philippine Rebel Predicts Wider Insurgency

    09/09/2009 8:17:21 PM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 326+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10 Sep 2009 | VLADIMIR GUEVARRA
    Communist Group's Founder Says Ranks of Guerrillas to Grow More than 40 years after founding the Communist Party of the Philippines, a former literature professor who has long stayed outside his homeland says the party's military wing plans to significantly increase its armed capabilities in the next three years. Jose Maria Sison, who was imprisoned in 1977 by then-President Ferdinand Marcos and freed in 1986 by Corazon Aquino shortly after "People Power" put her in power, says the insurgency he seeded with Maoist ideas intends to use sympathizers to recruit 3,000 to 5,000 new guerrillas in impoverished rural areas. He...
  • Among allies, USAF takes irregular warfare path alone

    08/06/2009 6:41:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 805+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 06/08/09 | Stephen Trimble
    Among allies, USAF takes irregular warfare path alone By Stephen Trimble While most of its allies seek to refocus on conventional warfare, the US Air Force may soon spend hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire dozens of light fighters and airlifters uniquely dedicated to counter-insurgency roles. Having spent much of the past decade supporting US-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, the major air powers of Europe are looking to recalibrate their fiscal resources and activities more towards conventional operations, say several analysts. "We have invested far too much in [irregular warfare, or IW]. We now have to claw...

    06/16/2009 12:43:47 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 58 replies · 3,332+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 6.13.2009 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s start of the war on drugs, and it now appears that drugs have won.
  • Can Obama Avoid a Quagmire in Afghanistan?

    03/05/2009 3:08:24 PM PST · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 549+ views
    Time | 3/5/09 | JOE KLEIN
    On the Friday after he was inaugurated, Barack Obama held a full-scale National Security Council meeting about the most serious foreign policy crisis he is facing — the deteriorating war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. "It was a pretty alarming meeting," said one senior Administration official. "The President was extremely cool and in control," said another participant. "But some people, especially political aides like Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod who hadn't been briefed on the situation, walked out of that meeting stunned." The general feeling was expressed by one person who said at the very end, "Holy s___."The situation in Afghanistan...
  • Questions Remain Unexplored About Farris Hassan's Excellent Iraqi Adventure

    01/23/2006 12:55:29 PM PST · by Renfield · 8 replies · 1,025+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 1-21-06 | Tom Blumer
    Sometimes a story just doesn't seem to be "all there." Cinnamon Stillwell suspected as much in a NewsBusters item on January 10: Call me overly suspicious, but the story of 16-year-old Farris Hassan traveling to Iraq on a whim strikes me as unbelievable. Hassan's interview with Rita Cosby of MSNBC, a Florida newspaper columnist's skepticism, and a January 18 posting by the Northeast Intelligence Network (NIN), which describes itself as "a small contingent of experienced investigators ..... founded by veteran private investigator Douglas J. Hagmann," all appear to confirm Stillwell's suspicions. What is known of Farris Hassan's saga at this...
  • "against all enemies, foreign and domestic"

    11/03/2008 6:52:35 PM PST · by Feckless · 59 replies · 2,138+ views
    Vanity | 11/3/2008 | Feckless
    Just a note on Election Eve to anyone who would threaten the Constitution......
  • RNC Accuses Obama Bundler of Supporting Iraq Insurgency

    08/19/2008 8:13:06 AM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies · 839+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2008
    The Republican National Committee (RNC) published an update at its website yesterday that accuses Barack Obama presidential campaign bundler Jodie Evans of supporting the insurgency in Iraq. Evans is co-founder of the so-called antiwar group Code Pink. The RNC quoted a January 15, 2006 column by Robert Novak that said, "Code Pink, At A Mock War Crimes Tribunal In Istanbul June 27, Signed A Declaration That The Iraqi Insurgency 'Deserved The Support Of People Everywhere Who Care For Justice And Freedom.'" Evans represented Code Pink at the mock war crimes tribunal. In addition to expressing Code Pink's support...
  • Marines moving headquarters out of Fallujah (2/3 Battalion Commander Killed by Iraqi Soldier?)

    07/01/2008 8:39:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies · 394+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 1 Jul 08 | Jeff Schogol
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Marines in Fallujah will transfer their headquarters to Ramadi in the next six months, said Marine Col. Lewis Craparotta, commander of Regimental Combat Team 1. The 412 Marines and sailors in the regimental combat team’s headquarters will make the move as part of an effort to reduce the U.S. presence in Fallujah, Craparotta told reporters Monday. Both Fallujah and Ramadi were once hotbeds for the insurgency, but since 2007, local Sunnis have allied with U.S. troops to drive out al-Qaida. On Monday, Craparotta said the enemy in his area has been "neutralized;" however, he noted a series...
  • N. Korea: USFK commander takes war cue from Iraq (preparing for Iraq-style insurgency by NK)

    06/30/2008 10:39:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 232+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 06/29/08 | Franklin Fisher
    USFK commander takes war cue from Iraq By Franklin Fisher, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition, Sunday, June 29, 2007 CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The top U.S. military commander in South Korea plans steps to ensure U.S. forces are ready to counter any Iraq-style insurgency tactics that North Korea might try to use in a conflict on the peninsula. In a brief interview with Stars and Stripes on Friday, U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Walter Sharp said he thinks it’s likely North Korea has been keeping close watch on the tactics used by insurgents in Iraq and would no doubt...
  • There Is a Military Solution to Terror

    06/03/2008 2:54:55 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 174+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/3/08 | BRET STEPHENS
    The deeper problem here is the belief that the best way to deal with insurgents is to address the "root causes" of the grievance that purportedly prompted them to take up arms. But what most of these insurgencies seek isn't social or moral redress: It's absolute power. Like other "liberation movements" (the PLO comes to mind), the Tigers are notorious for killing other Tamils seen as less than hard line in their views of the conflict. The failure to defeat these insurgencies thus becomes the primary obstacle to achieving a reasonable political settlement acceptable to both sides. This isn't to...
  • Negative U.S. Media Linked To Increased Insurgent Attacks (Harvard U: MSM Is Emboldening Insurgents

    03/24/2008 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies · 1,187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2008 | Shawn Waterman
    Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a "measureable effect" on insurgents there. Periods of intense news media coverage in the United States of criticism about the war, or of polling about public opinions on the conflict, are followed by a small but quantifiable increases in the number of attacks on civilians and U.S. forces in Iraq... The increase in attacks is more pronounced in areas of Iraq that have better access to international news media, the authors conclude in a report titled "Is There an 'Emboldenment' Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency...
  • Is There an “Emboldenment” Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency in Iraq

    03/12/2008 1:04:36 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 9 replies · 825+ views
    Harvard University (Professor Iyengar's Website) ^ | February 2008 | Radha Iyengar and Jonathan Monten
    ....Overall, the results presented in this paper suggest several important facts. First, the findings suggest that there is an explicit and quantifiable cost to public debate during wartime in the form of increased attacks. Based on these results, it appears that Iraqi insurgent groups believe that when the U.S. political landscape is more uncertain, initiating a higher level of attacks increases the likelihood that the U.S. will reduce the scope of its engagement in the conflict. However, the magnitude of the response by Iraqi insurgent groups is relatively small. To the extent that U.S. political speech does affect insurgent incentives,...
  • Diary of an Insurgent In Retreat (must read)

    02/09/2008 6:49:02 PM PST · by jdm · 40 replies · 289+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 09, 2008 | by Sudarsan Raghavan
    **EXCERPT** BAGHDAD, Feb. 9 -- On Nov. 3, U.S. soldiers raided a safe house of the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq near the northern city of Balad. Not a single combatant was captured, but inside the house they found something valuable: a diary and will written in neat Arabic script. "I am Abu Tariq, Emir of al-Layin and al-Mashadah Sector," it began. Over 16 pages, the al-Qaeda in Iraq leader detailed the organization's demise in his sector. He once had 600 men, but now his force was down to 20 or fewer, he wrote. They had lost weapons and allies....
  • No end in sight as south Thai [Muslim] rebellion enters fifth year

    01/03/2008 7:37:58 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 19 replies · 251+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 03, 2008 | Charlie McDonald-Gibson
    BANGKOK (AFP) - Brutal killings have reached unprecedented levels in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, experts say, as the region enters the fifth year of a separatist insurgency that is tearing communities apart. ADVERTISEMENT A government policy of reconciliation in the region has backfired, analysts told AFP, with rebels beheading, mutilating and even crucifying victims to try to spark a backlash and create divisions between Buddhists and Muslims. "They kill in such brutal ways: beheaded, hacked to death, set on fire ... the idea is to provoke a strong reaction of the Buddhist Thais against Muslims," said Sunai Phasuk, a Thailand consultant...
  • Op-Ed: Know Thy Enemy (pimping for America's defeat)

    10/17/2007 10:11:58 PM PDT · by dervish · 5 replies · 214+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/07 | NY Times
    Video link
  • Excerpt of interview with David Kilcullen [Senior Counter Insurgency Adviser to General Petraeus]

    10/10/2007 9:11:02 AM PDT · by elfman2 · 3 replies · 154+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Monday, October 8, 2007 | Charlie Rose
    Quotes from David Kilcullen - a reserve lieutenant colonel in the Australian army, doctorate in political anthropology and senior counter insurgency adviser to General David Petraeus. "... focusing the campaign on how to defeat one particular enemy is perhaps not the best way to approach ...the more we focus on the population and protecting them, the easier it is to deal with the enemy. The more we focus on the enemy, the harder it is to actually get anything done with the population. ... There has never been a successful counterinsurgency that took less than 10 years. ... It's evolution....