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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Day Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 3,219
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Easy prey for the Taliban?

Not a shock, but one wonders how long can the ANSF sustain itself:
Link:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-03/afghan-forces-suffer-heavy-toll-in-first-battles-with-taliban

Interesting...
Forum: South Asia 1 Day Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 11,174
Posted By davidbfpo
AQIS 'claims' murder of US citizen in Bangladesh

Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/11580758/Al-Qaeda-in-the-Indian-Subcontinent-claims-murder-of-US-citizen-in-Bangladesh.html

There is more detail...
Forum: OEF - Horn of Africa 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,427
Posted By davidbfpo
The US to calms the badlands?

Ray,

It is hard today to see that US policy in the region has acted to 'calm the badlands'. Until relatively recently few in the USA would openly argue that the Middle East was not a region of...
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 691
Views: 101,416
Posted By davidbfpo
Explaining Pakistanís Self-Defeating Afghanistan Policy

A short article via the Lawfare blogsite, whose Editor writes:
Link:http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/04/the-foreign-policy-essay-explaining-pakistans-self-defeating-afghanistan-policy/

The author...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 100
Views: 20,526
Posted By davidbfpo
AdamG, The lack of a response could...

AdamG,

The lack of a response could presumably be due to a number of factors, from this "armchair" I'd suggest the weather and that the incursion into the ADIZ was short lived. Plus there's...
Forum: Blog Watch 3 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 338
Posted By davidbfpo
Babatim is back (aka Free Range International)

Babatim is Tim Lynch, a former USMC officer who was in Afghanistan as a civilian "outside the wire" and had an excellent blog running till his departure in May 2012, alongside having "issues" to...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,195
Posted By davidbfpo
Now from Switzerland

An article in Open Democracy fits here and it open with, my emphasis in bold:
Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/nathaniel-k-powell/why-military-interventions-fail


Clearly not all interventions...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 16,130
Posted By davidbfpo
KSA weakened?

An overview of KSA after the Yemeni operation, by a British SME, Alastair Crooke:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/saudi-arabia-yemen-east_b_7163776.html
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 4 Days Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 3,219
Posted By davidbfpo
Mission creep for US forces?

A NYT report:
Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/world/asia/more-aggressive-role-by-us-military-is-seen-in-afghanistan.html
Forum: Historians 4 Days Ago
Replies: 146
Views: 42,643
Posted By davidbfpo
A General forgets

Hat tip to WoTR for this pointer by Mark Stout (JHU):
Link:http://warontherocks.com/2015/05/warchives-vietnam-and-the-meaning-of-defeat/
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
Replies: 310
Views: 14,429
Posted By davidbfpo
A year on: what did happen in Odessa?

The disorder a year ago in Odessa, with forty-eight dead (many in a fire), is a controversial episode and The Guardian has a comprehensive report. From the sub-title:...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By davidbfpo
To my knowledge enforcing a civil court judgement...

To my knowledge enforcing a civil court judgement is rarely the responsibility of a state body. It is plausible that the ship's seizure was an opportunity for the IRGC to enforce a civil court...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 102
Views: 40,616
Posted By davidbfpo
Once radicalised, twice radicalised and dangerous?

From Australia's Lowy Institute, the author I note has been "on the ground" and she starts:...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 596
Posted By davidbfpo
Complementing the Haji Bakr papers

Hat tip to WoTR for this follow-on article on ISIS and its control strategy. Near the start the author writes:

It concludes in part with:

IIRC Kalyvas' theory appears elsewhere here.
...
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 12,232
Posted By davidbfpo
UN report alleges child abuse by French troops

Link:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/un-aid-worker-suspended-leaking-report-child-abuse-french-troops-car
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,195
Posted By davidbfpo
A reply from the author to my comments:[/LEFT]

A reply from the author to my comments:[/LEFT]
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 211
Views: 50,909
Posted By davidbfpo
Here's What the Social Science Says About Countering Violent Extremism

This week the UN Security Council held an open session on radicalisation, amidst the official and academic speakers was Scott Atran, whose work has been cited on SWC before.
...
Forum: Law Enforcement 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 42,648
Posted By davidbfpo
Dudley: a "hot spot"

One of the UK's persistent "hot spots" for suspected terrorism-related activity is Dudley, a borough within 'The Black Country', to the west of Birmingham in the West Midlands.

In 2001 in...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 626
Posted By davidbfpo
The Puzzle of Terrorism: kill soldiers, not civilians

A short article by Professor Max Abrahams that argues conventional wisdom is wrong and tactics like leader decapitation do not help:...
Forum: OEF - Horn of Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,427
Posted By davidbfpo
Sarejevo at Sea averted

WSJ reports:
Link to first paragraph only:http://www.wsj.com/articles/fresh-airstrikes-hit-yemen-cities-1429787821?
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 3,362
Posted By davidbfpo
The Arabs at War in Afghanistan

Notice this week of this new book by Leah Farrell and Mustafa Hamid, available for UK£16, with free worldwide P&P (if you register with them):http://www.hurstpublishers.com/
The book PR refers to:
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 214
Views: 24,532
Posted By davidbfpo
Behind name changes is what?

A short BBC Africa report, with the headline: 'Islamic State strengthens ties with Boko Haram':http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32435614

Name changes then.
Forum: Asia-Pacific 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 611
Posted By davidbfpo
Stability please

Citing Bill M. in part:

China certainly has a great stake in regional and international stability, even more so as their economy becomes more dependent on exports. Stability has to include the...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 3,362
Posted By davidbfpo
Misunderstanding War: set in the Afghan context

Dr. Rob Johnson, of Oxford University's Changing Character of War programme and SME on Afghanistan & COIN of late has a review of three books, one Jack Fairweather's is on Afghanistan and the other...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,195
Posted By davidbfpo
A 'Digger' writes The Rise and Fall of Western COIN

Professor Michael Evans, of the Australian Defence College, has a lengthy article in an Australian journal (with free access). Long ago his experience was in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe (where we met in...
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