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Forum: Historians 20 Hours Ago
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ISIS and the Use and Abuse of Early Islamic History

A month ago Professor Hugh Kennedy (SOAS, London) and an acknowledged SME on Islamic history gave a lecture @ Birmingham University - it was excellent. From the organisers summary:...
Forum: Historians 20 Hours Ago
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Views: 9,905
Posted By davidbfpo
There are two SWC threads: 1) Lone Wolves...

There are two SWC threads:

1) Lone Wolves outside the USA:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=16226

2) Lone Wolves in the...
Forum: Africa 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 249
Views: 46,889
Posted By davidbfpo
Perhaps one day more will be said: ...

Perhaps one day more will be said:
Link:http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:535ba144f1564a729e7bd89be858d2cf



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Forum: Europe 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 161
Views: 55,344
Posted By davidbfpo
Security Situation Statistics in Northern Ireland

I've never seen this PSNI publication, although it appears they have been on their website:http://www.psni.police.uk/security_situation_statistics_to_january_2016.pdf
Forum: Intelligence 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 33,404
Posted By davidbfpo
More resources

Within a legal setting this article are several passages and links on interrogation - notably HIG's work:

Link to article:https://www.justsecurity.org/29273/anti-torture-law-genuine-step/

Link...
Forum: Law Enforcement 1 Day Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 3,788
Posted By davidbfpo
Patience and more than one bonus

A short article 'Patience: The FBI's Strategy to End the Oregon Standoff and Nab Cliven...
Forum: Intelligence 1 Day Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 36,250
Posted By davidbfpo
20% of GCHQ intelligence comes from hacking

Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/12154733/Fifth-of-GCHQ-intelligence-comes-from-hacking.html

The BBC report is longer:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35558349
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 4,386
Posted By davidbfpo
The current situation in Yemen: causes and consequences

A former UK diplomat, Noel Brehony, an Arabist and expert on the Yemen has a long review of the situation, almost a briefing...
Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 3,788
Posted By davidbfpo
Fizzling out: four occupiers left

Winding down via Reuters:Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12151391/FBI-moves-in-on-last-four-occupiers-at-Oregon-wildlife-refuge.html

A longer BBC...
Forum: Historians 2 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 461
Posted By davidbfpo
New Directions in War and History

An article by Dr Huw Davies, Kings Defence Studies, after a trip to Australia and New Zealand, which explains why studying military history and the military generally remains...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 241
Views: 43,011
Posted By davidbfpo
Three wise voices

A Q&A session with three UK experts before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. A mix of strategy, detail and what next. With some very curious passages, here is...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Days Ago
Replies: 923
Views: 157,677
Posted By davidbfpo
Listening to The Dead Prussain

Hat tip to Dr Huw Davies, a senior lecturer Kings Defence Studies, for the pointer to this Australian collection of podcasts.

Link:http://thedeadprussian.libsyn.com/
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1,342
Views: 23,299
Posted By davidbfpo
Journey to Aleppo: How the war ripped Syria's biggest city apart

A first-hand report by Peter Oborne, a UK journalist of note and ex-daily Telegraph. Yes the visit is facilitated by the official Syrian...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 3,355
Posted By davidbfpo
How much has European NATO shrunk?

https://www.iiss.org/-/media/images/publications/the%20military%20balance/milbal2016/mb%202016%20western%20europe%20the%20dramatic%20decline%20in%20combat%20battalion%20numbers%2019902015.jpg?la=en...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 3,355
Posted By davidbfpo
Moderator's Note

This thread was entitled Readiness of U.S. 7th Army, Germany and has been amended to the wider them in the posts to date - the European NATO conventional land combat force level and the US...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 16,960
Posted By davidbfpo
Who do terrorists confide in?

A short article by Peter Bergen, to accompany a HBO documentary, 'Homegrown: the CT dilemma' broadcast last Monday, so behind a paywall:...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 4,386
Posted By davidbfpo
A curious twist to the scene: ...

A curious twist to the scene:
Link:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-08/yemen-civil-war-questions-role-australian-soldier-mike-hindmarsh/7141638
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 494
Views: 162,482
Posted By davidbfpo
Karachi: update

Just watched a BBC / PBS Panorma documentary 'Taliban Hunters' set in Karachi, from mid-December 2015, which reports (with my emphasis):
Link, yes I know often not watchable in the...
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 572
Posted By davidbfpo
Daesh in Pakistan

Hat tip to Strife, a Kings War Studies blog for Zoha Waseem's two articles on Daesh in Pakistan; she uses open sources and interviews mainly in Karachi. Slim author...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 2,257
Posted By davidbfpo
Jordan Reaches the Refugee Saturation Point

A short WINEP article:
Link:http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/jordan-reaches-the-refugee-saturation-point
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 1,342
Views: 23,299
Posted By davidbfpo
Turkey reaches a crossroad

Hat tip to WoTR for a Turkish analyst's assessment of a possible Turkish intervention:http://warontherocks.com/2016/02/prospects-for-a-turkish-incursion-into-syria

He concludes:
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 5 Days Ago
Replies: 447
Views: 134,595
Posted By davidbfpo
His book: good price and worldwide free shipping

If you register with the UK publisher, Hurst, you get the book 'Blood Year' for 8.99p with free worldwide...
Forum: International Politics 5 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 1,131
Posted By davidbfpo
Power is ever changing

Cited in parts:

Bill,

I think that is a moot point, as the Taliban (with some Pakistani help) and North Korea recently appears to exhibit with a missile launch.

Perhaps it is the ability to...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 1,342
Views: 23,299
Posted By davidbfpo
The waiting coalition

I refer to the very mixed bag of twenty willing nations ready to act in Syria, against ISIS; notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Others named by CNN earlier were: Brunei, Malaysia, Morocco, Qatar,...
Forum: International Politics 6 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 1,131
Posted By davidbfpo
Bill, Wondering aloud late PM. Doesn't...

Bill,

Wondering aloud late PM. Doesn't history show that 'old' powers rarely understand the 'new'?

The 'old' powers in Europe (France, Spain & UK) watched the US Civil War, some in the UK even...
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