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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 13 Hours Ago
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A reply to Britain's Fourth Afghan War

Yesterday I posted an analysis by Michael Clarke, RUSI's Director. This is my reply.

His final two sentences should be read again: ' It’s not a peace to be celebrated in Trafalgar Square. But nor...
Forum: Middle East 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 5,067
Posted By davidbfpo
Worth watching

Watched an excellent, disturbing PBS Frontline documentary today 'The Rise of ISIS', a curious mix of American and Iraqi "talking heads" alongside film...
Forum: Law Enforcement 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 185
Posted By davidbfpo
UK report: Tough enforcement does not lower drug use

Today's Home Office evidencce-based report concludes that tough drug enforcement does not decrease use of illegal drugs and one reviewer has remarked:

Drugs policy is not my area of interest, but...
Forum: Law Enforcement 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 10,880
Posted By davidbfpo
Jihad or Adventure?

I can only give an estimate about the UK.

It is important to note initially the main emphasis was going to fight in Syria, not Iraq; nor until relatively recently was ISIS the main destination.
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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Day Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By davidbfpo
Bill, I doubt anyone at the BBC remembers...

Bill,

I doubt anyone at the BBC remembers 1776, even 1956. We can be quite forgiving you know. Few recalled we'd burnt down The White House two hundred years ago.
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Day Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By davidbfpo
Britain’s Fourth Afghan War

An analysis by RUSI's Director, Michael Clarke:https://www.rusi.org/analysis/commentary/ref:C544FB6405510C/#.VFFbWGet0dX

It starts with - in the sub-title:

I do not agree with his conclusions....
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Day Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By davidbfpo
Watch it!

I enjoyed watching the first episode of ''Afghanistan: The Lion’s Last Roar', although in places it was disturbing - at how reckless we were - and sad.

At one point Geoff Hoon, the Defence...
Forum: Historians 1 Day Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 295
Posted By davidbfpo
Kamikaze Badgers -v- USN

SWC has a few naval related threads. Hat tip to the Lowy Institute for a US Naval War College Review article by a ret'd Soviet Navy officer 'Kamikazes: The Soviet...
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 5,067
Posted By davidbfpo
Just landed here is a sixty page Soufan Group...

Just landed here is a sixty page Soufan Group report on ISIS, the chief author being ex-SIS & UN official Richard...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 175
Views: 6,061
Posted By davidbfpo
Another nail in the coffin

Today amidst my email was a notice from a cruise line that in 2015 they would no longer call @ Odessa (Ukr) or @ Yalta (Crimea), which amounts to twelve visits, each with a conservative 2k...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By davidbfpo
Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter

Judge for yourself this Q&A on Der Spiegel:http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-interview-with-an-extremist-recruiter-a-999557.html#ref=nl-international
Forum: The Whole News 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 455
Posted By davidbfpo
Julian, In two other threads, on Syria and...

Julian,

In two other threads, on Syria and Iraq post-Mosul SWC have argued over the current coalition response and on SWJ there are articles.

No-one has suggested the French put "boots on the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Days Ago
Replies: 102
Views: 20,676
Posted By davidbfpo
In part: The scale of the purges is...

In part:

The scale of the purges is incredible:
From:http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Purge

My recollection is that the German military closely followed the Stalin era purges of the...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 2 Days Ago
Replies: 161
Views: 33,136
Posted By davidbfpo
The psychology of violent extremism - digested

A short article with links to the areas covered:http://digest.bps.org.uk/2014/10/the-psychology-of-violent-extremism.html
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 2 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 317
Posted By davidbfpo
Easy to conquer, nightmare to stay in

Yes Afghanistan, William Dalrymple explains the historical parallels between the British imperial invasion of 1839, the 1841 disaster and...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 10,880
Posted By davidbfpo
Coming home: nuance needed

Rachel Briggs, who has long been thinking on the 'Prevent' issues, has a blog comment 'We need a more nuanced approach for dealing with british jihadists who want to come...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By davidbfpo
That certainly has been discussed as an option,...

That certainly has been discussed as an option, in the UK and Canada. It does have a number of negative and positive aspects.

One downside is that those who change their minds and seek to return...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By davidbfpo
Thanks to Twitter two useful academic references...

Thanks to Twitter two useful academic references to US-UK research, one is online and the other only an abstract. The theme is Mental Illness and Lone-Actor Terrorism, although far more is covered.
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Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By davidbfpo
Zealots for the apocalypse

Will McCants (Brookings) explains the motivation of both Sunni and Shi‘a fighters drawn to the Levant battlefield by a common apocalyptic belief:
...
Forum: Intelligence 3 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,953
Posted By davidbfpo
A new review of the book, it first appeared a...

A new review of the book, it first appeared a month ago in The Washingon Times and now in the online journal Perspectives on...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By davidbfpo
Identification of loners

American Pride cited in part:

Identification of a lone wolf / wolves I expect has been discussed here before, especially as there appears to be a strong overlap with the more regular shootings at...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 6,219
Posted By davidbfpo
As lone wolves / lone wolfs / wolf return as an...

As lone wolves / lone wolfs / wolf return as an issue, following the two muders in Canada, a new review of the Spaaji...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 4 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By davidbfpo
We are giving the Afghans a chance at a better life

A commentary by retired General Dannatt, :Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11187574/General-Dannatt-We-are-giving-the-Afghans-a-chance-at-a-better-life.html

There...
Forum: South Asia 5 Days Ago
Replies: 452
Views: 127,143
Posted By davidbfpo
Pakistan's bewildering array of militants

A welcome BBC article, which opens with:
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29724771
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 5,067
Posted By davidbfpo
The Hybrid Ideology of the Islamic State

An interesting, pessimistic assessment of the two component parts of ISIS from The Soufan Group:http://soufangroup.com/tsg-intelbrief-from-bucca-to-kobani-the-hybrid-ideology-of-the-islamic-state/
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