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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 02-01-2016
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
A so-so article that suggests ISIL is gaining...

A so-so article that suggests ISIL is gaining support in SE Asia because Al-Qaeda's support for the region has not been persistent.
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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-24-2016
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/pentagon...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/pentagon-given-new-authority-to-target-isis-in-afghanistan/

Pentagon Given New Authority to Target ISIS in Afghanistan



While this is good news, it...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 04-23-2015
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
A lot of factors need to be aligned for capacity...

A lot of factors need to be aligned for capacity building to work, both tangible and intangible. We focus too much on the tangible things we can count and convince ourselves we're making progress. ...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 04-21-2015
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Thanks for sharing the link to the video, this is...

Thanks for sharing the link to the video, this is the fourth video I have seen of ISIS in combat, and it only adds to the assessment of the analysts quoted in the article. Again we're assessing...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 04-21-2015
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
That uncomfortable thought is certainly part of...

That uncomfortable thought is certainly part of the reason. I would add that a unifying ideology is critical to bring together civilians (in this case from around the world) and turn them into a...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 04-21-2015
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Video of Islamic State capabilities impresses military experts

Video of Islamic State capabilities impresses military experts

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/04/20/263807/video-of-islamic-state-capabilities.html



Much more in the report, well worth the...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 04-10-2015
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
ISIS overtakes al Qaeda: What’s next?

http://www.fpri.org/geopoliticus/2015/04/one-year-later-isis-overtakes-al-qaeda-whats-next



A few tables and graphs at the link showing the growth of ISIS influence and the decline of AQ's...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-14-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Convergence

A negative development, at least in part due to our approach for targeting ISIL and an al-Nusra element planning to target western interests. Al-Nusra is affiliated with AQ, although there is some...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-11-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Bruce is clearly uninformed. Just because soft...

Bruce is clearly uninformed. Just because soft power efforts don't make headline news, doesn't mean they are a major effort. They would be less effective if they were advertised. Those pretending to...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-10-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
I suspect there are thousands of Muslims in India...

I suspect there are thousands of Muslims in India and Bangladesh willing to support AQ. They already support other terrorist/insurgent/separatist movements in this region. AQ needs to win over just...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-08-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
I think the AQ's evolving strategy, to include...

I think the AQ's evolving strategy, to include the associated two-arm strategy is showing a level of strategic maturity not seen before. I know there are many who think AQ can't establish a presence...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 09-04-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Al Qaeda opens branch in the 'Indian Subcontinent

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/09/al_qaeda_opens_branc-print.php



Business should be good for this franchise since it is focused on of the most densely populated areas in the world...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-13-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
It is important to clarify this statement to...

It is important to clarify this statement to avoid confusion. Sunni populations is too broad a description to be useful, that is even broader than saying Americans think this or that. If you read...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-13-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Somewhat dated, but these excerpts from a RAND...

Somewhat dated, but these excerpts from a RAND study are worth considering, and it helps clarify my point that we're looking at this through a Western bias that almost makes it impossible for us to...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-13-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
As professionals it probably way past time to...

As professionals it probably way past time to explore updating our lexicon.

Obviously Islam isn't a cause for economic problems, since the same economic problems impact other societies and states...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-12-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
First off I think very few people in uniform...

First off I think very few people in uniform default to all Muslims are evil terrorists, and I think more than half have actually read a fair amount of history on the topic. You and Bob can come...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-12-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Slapout can speak for himself, but i think you...

Slapout can speak for himself, but i think you just left the ballpark completely with your comment about America not being a religion, so therefore the other side can't wage jihadists. First off the...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-12-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Actually Carl and Bob are both right. There must...

Actually Carl and Bob are both right. There must be a new political arrangement in the Middle East for any hope of a sustainable peace that will lessen, not erase, the appeal of radicalism. We also...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-12-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
In many locations where there are conflicts a...

In many locations where there are conflicts a reasonable change in governance would do much to alleviate the hostility. In the deeply divided country of Iraq political changes are a must for any...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-11-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Only criticism of the current approach, no...

Only criticism of the current approach, no realistic recommendations for alternative approaches. For one that recommends we stop relying on history, you seem to be clinging to it, and conveniently...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-11-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Bob, When you write, I think...

Bob,

When you write,



I think you're off base, especially when you go on to state that religion is what defines the teams! In war you have teams, and the identity the teams form around...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-10-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Please spare us the extremes of the governance...

Please spare us the extremes of the governance model, it applies when it applies and it doesn't apply in all cases. It is a bit extreme to imply that al-Qaeda is pushing for "needed" change, or that...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 07-10-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Excellent piece by Bruce Hoffman, thanks for...

Excellent piece by Bruce Hoffman, thanks for sharing.

I'm not sure I follow your commentary though, a message alone doesn't threaten us, it is the actions taken by the Jihadists that threaten us. ...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 03-30-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Global Terrorism Set to Reignite

http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2014/03/17/global_terrorism_set_to_reignite.html

Some interesting comments from an Indian and Indonesian CT practitioner. While not stating it directly,...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 03-24-2014
Replies: 236
Views: 204,765
Posted By Bill Moore
Al-Qaeda's future in the maritime domain

This article focuses on ISI's support for various militant groups to include Al-Qaeda, which of course is worthy of its own discussion. I'll limit my thoughts on the paragraph where al-Qaeda sees it...
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