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    Urban drivers of political violence - from IISS

    A new report:

    The link is to the Executive Summary and has a link to the full (unread) report:https://www.iiss.org/blogs/research-paper/2020/05/urban-drivers-of-political-violence
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    Sticky: Dave Dilegge RIP

    Sad news alas, spotted via Twitter by Crispin Burke and a re-Tweet by Clint Watts a member:

    Dave was the co-founder long ago and here is his bio: https://smallwarsjournal.com/author/dave-dilegge
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    Deployment without learning from regional lessons

    Several different viewpoints on the now delayed UK deployment to Mali, an announcement that missed me amidst the pandemic media focus. A deployment that I consider unwise, which is more for non-Mali...
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    Rhodesian War Stories

    Just found a series of face to camera by a Rhodesian veteran, who had served with the 5th Battalion of the Rhodesia Regiment (5RR was a territorial or part-time) unit as a NCO and there are fifteen...
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    This is a UK equivalent:...

    This is a UK equivalent: https://www.fraudadvisorypanel.org/covid-fraud-watch-group/
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    A Q&A with David Kilcullen

    A short podcast interview with David Kilcullen:
    Link:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-accidental-guerrilla-with-david-kilcullen/id1499818185?i=1000471406413

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    The Head of the Changing Character of War...

    The Head of the Changing Character of War Programme @ Oxford University, Dr. Rob Johnson, has written a book 'Lawrence of Arabia on War: The Campaign in the Desert 1916-1918' to be published by...
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    An investigation, using graphics, film footage...

    An investigation, using graphics, film footage and more to show a 3-D sequence of events:
    Link:https://teargas.amnesty.org/iraq/
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    A Sharper Image: Advancing a Risk-Based Response to Terrorist Financing

    A new RUSI paper and not opened here. The link has a short video and a summary, plus a link to the paper....
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    The British are coming

    Actually a larger contingent (250 men) is going to Mali later this year to join the UN Mission MINUSMA; there is a RAF Chinook detachment, with three helicopters, with a 94-man based in Gao since...
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    Where are the incidents?

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    Source: ACLED once more!
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    5588 How the rate of deaths from attacks has...

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    How the rate of deaths from attacks has intensified

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    Red: Armed clashes; Purple: Violence against civilians and Brown (Feint) Explosions.
    The time scale is from 2011 to 2019
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    The City Is Neutral: On Urban Warfare in the 21st Century

    Rediscovered this October 2019 article a few days ago. The authors are Professor David Betz, Kings War Studies and Hugo Stanford-Tuck, a British Army (Gurkha) officer. It has numerous examples cited...
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    In his IISS talk he did comment on the...

    In his IISS talk he did comment on the Taliban-USA peace agreement and was not convinced it would work. This article in an Australian paper expands on his comments:...
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    David Kilcullen is back

    [SIZE=3][FONT=arial]Professor David Kilcullen has been in the UK doing talks to promote his new book, partly as he has London-based publisher. The book is 'The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest...
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    Tpping off the authorities: UK polling data

    As part of a wider review of the UK Prevent programme CREST, a UK policing and crime "think tank" have commissioned opinion polling. For this topic it found that:

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    Spotted this UK article from 2019 and within are remarks on historical operations. Here is an obscure one, well for me:

    Cassinga, in Angola I know about, not this though by the SADF:

    The...
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    Inside the far right networks

    Julia Ebner has spent two years infiltrating far-right networks and written a book: Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists . The counter-extremism expert discusses fear, loathing and...
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    Two interviews in 2020

    In the last week Aimen Deen has given two interviews to British newspapers. This one is open to read: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/feb/14/experience-i-made-bombs-for-al-qaida

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    Prompted by a "lurker" there are a few other...

    Prompted by a "lurker" there are a few other articles which I found in 2017, when the theme was mentioned off-line:

    https://www.city-journal.org/html/anarchists-islamists-11205.html

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    Responding to Streatham: Managing Low-Tech Terrorist Threat

    Raffaello Pantucci, ex-IISS & ex-RUSI, is now in Singapore and has added this analysis of the most recent attack in London by a recently released, convicted terrorist - who thankfully was under armed...
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    Spreading Ink Blots from Da Nang to the DMZ

    Spotted via Twitter a new book from Helion (UK) and the publisher's abstract states:
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    Just spotted this academic article, from 2013:...

    Just spotted this academic article, from 2013: The Pre-1914 Anarchist “Lone Wolf” Terrorist and Governmental Responses. It is in a journal and online access is possible for a fee, unless your library...
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    Update Norwegian contribution in English

    The blogger Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi has translated the PST study. His introduction cited in part:

    Link to translation (with original...
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    Norwegian contribution to discovering terrorist plots

    Id'd via Twitter a very short report by their Security Service (PST) and in Norwegian - thankfully someone has done an English summary! The report has the graphics which can be matched to the English...
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