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Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 127
Views: 144,637
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British IS fighters 'must be killed', Rory Stewart says

Rory Stewart is a junior UK minister, for international development, but is very media savvy and has experience in Afghanistan & Iraq (he even has his own thread...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 127
Views: 144,637
Posted By davidbfpo
How real is the threat of returning IS fighters?

A lengthy BBC article by a SME, Lorenzo Vidino, which tries to describe and assess the problem many countries face.

For the UK he writes:
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-41679377
Forum: Middle East 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 319
Views: 75,921
Posted By davidbfpo
Who has what in Iraq & Syria

From the NYT series of graphics on the rise and fall of ISIS, a map showing the position October 2015 to October 2017.
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Forum: Middle East 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 547
Views: 62,333
Posted By davidbfpo
Who has what in Iraq & Syria

From the NYT series of graphics on the rise and fall of ISIS, a map showing the position October 2015 to October 2017.
...
Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 86,797
Posted By davidbfpo
Facial recognition technology in real life fails

A puzzling academic article 'DNA techniques could transform facial recognition technology', added here as it opens with some facts and the states there is an answer - genomics.

It opens...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 15,292
Posted By davidbfpo
Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

Jason Burke, a respected journalist, has a lengthy commentary; which is sub-titled: Islamic State’s last stronghold, Raqqa, has fallen. But the world’s attention must now focus on what it or other...
Forum: Africa 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,645
Posted By davidbfpo
Amidst the deluge of reporting now, very little...

Amidst the deluge of reporting now, very little by people familiar with Niger, this passage is important:...
Forum: Africa 1 Day Ago
Replies: 150
Views: 73,814
Posted By davidbfpo
Adam, That is an interesting article, which...

Adam,

That is an interesting article, which reflects others awhile ago now on whether China would assert itself and protect its investments in Africa.

Plus the link shows it originated from...
Forum: Africa 2 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,645
Posted By davidbfpo
Texan academic adds

Thanks to a "lurker" for the pointer to an exchange on Twitter between this lady as @texasinafrica (in a moment her bio) and others:

Just found her article in 'Slate', which is of value,...
Forum: South Asia 2 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 31,408
Posted By davidbfpo
Growing Pakistan–Russia Military Ties

A short article from RUSI, by an intern from Pakistan and the full title is: Growing Pakistan–Russia Military Ties Reflect Central Asia’s Changing Geopolitics....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Days Ago
Replies: 338
Views: 170,218
Posted By davidbfpo
A US$2m investment

Mentioned at the B'ham conference was the emergence the story that drone technology depended on a small group of individuals, especially Neal Blue who for US$2m acquired the designer's company....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Days Ago
Replies: 338
Views: 170,218
Posted By davidbfpo
Time to focus on the UK's use of drones

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the RAF using drones, known as Reaper and Birmingham University's ICCS & Oxford Research Group's Remote Control Project - with a wide range of opinions...
Forum: Law Enforcement 5 Days Ago
Replies: 219
Views: 174,933
Posted By davidbfpo
UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief

In his first selected media appearance MI5's Director said there was currently "more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly" and that it can also be "harder to detect". He added that more...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
Replies: 259
Views: 239,498
Posted By davidbfpo
The Royal Navy & Royal Marines have a problem

The UK defence budget is once again in a quandary and another Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) is underway. WoTR has a commentary by a ret'd Australian naval...
Forum: Law Enforcement 5 Days Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 27,728
Posted By davidbfpo
Treating doemstic threats like we treat ISIS plus

A What if" article by Daniel Byman and this passage explains:

Ouch, a lesson from Charlottesville:...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 319
Views: 75,921
Posted By davidbfpo
No artillery, war ends; now no air support Kurds exit

Not that the Kurds have not found themselves in this position before. Long ago (probably 1974-1975) it was the withdrawal of Imperial Iranian artillery support for their conflict with the Iraqis that...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 8,588
Posted By davidbfpo
Egypt: a crisis we'd prefer not to notice?

A multi-part commentary from Saferworld (A UK-based international NGO) and the full title is: We need to talk about Egypt: how brutal ‘counter-terrorism’ is failing Egypt and its allies.

A couple...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,808
Posted By davidbfpo
A pointer to The Godfather Doctrine

The article cited in the Gazette is behind a registration / payment wall, but an earlier edition (29 pgs.) is available via:http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/AD1037564
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,808
Posted By davidbfpo
US$100 billion and lessons learnt?

I only rarely catch Modern War Institute @ West Point articles, but this one aroused my interest. As the opening passage says:It lists five...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 344
Views: 173,017
Posted By davidbfpo
Investigators repeatedly missed chances to stop the Berlin killer

Mistakes happen in many investigations, but it appears the Berlin terrorist attack with a hijacked lorry was far worse. Here is one...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,645
Posted By davidbfpo
In the dust a HVT opportunity may explain their deaths

Jason Burke, in The Observer, is an accomplished journalist on terrorism; his article helps to provide the context and some pointers to why the four soldiers died in:Was this man the target?Did the...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 2,645
Posted By davidbfpo
Silence as questions remain over deadly Niger ambush

A CNN report with some more details and more questions:
Link:http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/13/politics/niger-attack-trump-silence/index.html

The film clip has a sentence akin to Niger has not...
Forum: Intelligence 1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 1,622
Posted By davidbfpo
The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets

A 'Long Read' article in The Guardian, rated by Professor John Horgan as 'a must read' and sub-titled:

A succinct explanation:...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 68,033
Posted By davidbfpo
"This is the biggest player in the history of the world.”

The title is from a short quote by the late Singaporean leader Lee Kwan Yew of China’s rise, in full it was:Now who said this?:The BBC's China Editor has a profile of President Xi Jinping’s, where...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 319
Views: 75,921
Posted By davidbfpo
Political Primacy, Strategic Risks, and ISIL after the Caliphate

A short article recommended via a "lurker" via a Dutch CT site that circulated it and the link is to the original publisher. The author is Craig Whiteside and his bio in part states:...
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