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Forum: Middle East 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 214
Views: 21,850
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A severely splintered and massively over-armed country

A short BBC News commentary, that rightly ends with:

Almost like Zimbabwe, even in Mugabe and cronies remain in power. I fear the West, if not...
Forum: South Asia 1 Day Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 320
Posted By davidbfpo
Karachi: 20m people, 15k police and one dead every day

A short BBC report on policing in Pakistan's biggest city, based on a World Service programme. A very thin "blue line" and as for the courts, incredible:
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Day Ago
Replies: 299
Views: 61,444
Posted By davidbfpo
An Israeli drone commander talks

The life of a drone operator has been documented before, this story is unique I think, the full title is 'Israeli drone commander: 'The life and death decisions I took in...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 5,724
Posted By davidbfpo
A useful BBC summary 'How serious is the IS...

A useful BBC summary 'How serious is the IS threat to the UK?' and covers the apparent media success enjoyed by Daesh (ISIS):

Well illustrated by this picture,...
Forum: South Asia 2 Days Ago
Replies: 456
Views: 128,180
Posted By davidbfpo
Stop, Go, Flatten and Be Puzzled

One of the rare reports from North Waziristan, yes by a Pakistani reporter and one must assume either embedded or hosted by the Pakistani Army, It opens with:

It ends in part with:...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Days Ago
Replies: 111
Views: 22,483
Posted By davidbfpo
One helluva tale: Welsh Guards in Helmand

In June 2014 I posted a short review of 'Dead Men Risen', as below in Part B and a new review by a British Army veteran, with two tours in Helmand, appeared today on WoTR hence Part...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 407
Views: 21,889
Posted By davidbfpo
Firn, The shipyard @ Kerch has a website in...


The shipyard @ Kerch has a website in English, which in places is quite revealing, especially over the lack of shipbuilding for many years:

When I visited the...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Days Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 34,014
Posted By davidbfpo
The Warrior Ethos at Risk

The full title is 'The Warrior Ethos at Risk: H.R. McMaster’s Remarkable Veterans Day Speech' and was given Georgetown University. In case you've not seen...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1,014
Views: 44,092
Posted By davidbfpo
Three today: partial answer


I don't want to pre-empt Outlaw 09, but the BBC reported after today's attack in Jerusalem that three victims were Americans:
Forum: Intelligence 3 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 2,259
Posted By davidbfpo
A valuable window to both sides of a lethal underground war

A review on WoTR, which ends with:
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 169
Views: 28,819
Posted By davidbfpo
The soldier as state actor: Garrison governance

A reasonably lengthy Indian newspaper review of the role of the soldier (and paramilitary) in India today and I do rather like the phrase 'Garrison...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By davidbfpo
'Renting Hearts and Minds': building up Sunni militias

Clint Watts (CWOT on SWC) asks if the USA is ready to again build-up Sunni (tribal) militias in Iraq and just maybe nearby - in the knowledge that their loyalty is only...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 4 Days Ago
Replies: 299
Views: 61,444
Posted By davidbfpo
Obama's Drone War: the unblinking stare

Steve Coll has a long article in the New Yorker on drones, using only Pakistan as the setting; with some new insights and brings the US aspects up to date...
Forum: Law Enforcement 4 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 401
Posted By davidbfpo
Oklahome City bombing 1995

John Schindler raises questions over this bombing and asks why are teh US authorities to reluctant to investigate:

He asks:

Forum: Law Enforcement 5 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 11,651
Posted By davidbfpo
A Better Response to the Foreign Fighter Threat

From Lawfare a short piece by Daniel Byman & Jeremy Shapiro, which address whether jailing returning fighters is good public...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 188
Views: 7,102
Posted By davidbfpo
Mixed messages from President Putin

Apparently President Putin has met a chilly, if not wintery reception at the G2 @ Brisbane, so much so he might leave early:

I note Twitter...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 160
Views: 61,060
Posted By davidbfpo
Forty years command experience


A book I might ask for Xmas.:D

I know he has his admirers - in some strange places - and...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 589
Posted By davidbfpo
Why the Islamic State is Winning.

A pithy commentary by John Schindler of the US strategy and approach to countering Daesh / ISIS. Try this:


Here are some...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 110
Views: 12,545
Posted By davidbfpo
Triumph and challenges ahead

A usaeful commentary via Kings College's Strife blog:

How Tunisia fares is important, not...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 14,664
Posted By davidbfpo
AdamG, If your question refers to Russian...


If your question refers to Russian Air Force use of short wave radio there is this post that explains (historically):
Forum: Law Enforcement 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 11,651
Posted By davidbfpo
Powers to stop British jihadists returning to UK - PM

Not exactly a surprising announcement by PM David Cameron:
Link: and

Just why this statement had to be...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 164
Views: 34,405
Posted By davidbfpo
The Danish way to deradicalise

A lengthy article in The Guardian, on the city of Aarhus programme. Citing an academic...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 14,664
Posted By davidbfpo
Russian aircrew need a warm place to fly to

From the BBC today:


Back to an old 'Cold War' deployment pattern then.
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 2,256
Posted By davidbfpo
China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

A report from FDD (Washington DC think tank):

One almost wonders will China reach detente with the anticipated resurgence of...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 1 Week Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 12,888
Posted By davidbfpo
China's overseas basing strategy

A interesting, short article from Australia's Lowy Institute on whether China wants "pearls" or hotels for its navy (PLAN). It starts with:
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