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Forum: Africa 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
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Some curious information in this NYT report: ...

Some curious information in this NYT report:
Link:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/world/africa/niger-attack-dunford.html?
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,056
Views: 356,512
Posted By davidbfpo
Savior General’ Petraeus Gave Us the Wrong Bible

A scathing critique, entitled '‘Savior General’ Petraeus Gave Us the Wrong Bible;The fatal flaw in his vaunted counterinsurgency strategy' by an academic William Smith in The American Conservative.
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Forum: Central Asia 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 133,773
Posted By davidbfpo
Utopia?

A Buzzfeed article 'This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like' on how China seeks security in Xinjiang....
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Day Ago
Replies: 127
Views: 144,879
Posted By davidbfpo
British IS fighters 'must be killed', Rory Stewart says

Rory Stewart is a junior UK minister, for international development, but is very media savvy and has experience in Afghanistan & Iraq (he even has his own thread...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Day Ago
Replies: 127
Views: 144,879
Posted By davidbfpo
How real is the threat of returning IS fighters?

A lengthy BBC article by a SME, Lorenzo Vidino, which tries to describe and assess the problem many countries face.

For the UK he writes:
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-41679377
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 320
Views: 76,290
Posted By davidbfpo
Who has what in Iraq & Syria

From the NYT series of graphics on the rise and fall of ISIS, a map showing the position October 2015 to October 2017.
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Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 547
Views: 62,546
Posted By davidbfpo
Who has what in Iraq & Syria

From the NYT series of graphics on the rise and fall of ISIS, a map showing the position October 2015 to October 2017.
...
Forum: Law Enforcement 1 Day Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 87,020
Posted By davidbfpo
Facial recognition technology in real life fails

A puzzling academic article 'DNA techniques could transform facial recognition technology', added here as it opens with some facts and the states there is an answer - genomics.

It opens...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Day Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 15,432
Posted By davidbfpo
Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

Jason Burke, a respected journalist, has a lengthy commentary; which is sub-titled: Islamic State’s last stronghold, Raqqa, has fallen. But the world’s attention must now focus on what it or other...
Forum: Africa 1 Day Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By davidbfpo
Amidst the deluge of reporting now, very little...

Amidst the deluge of reporting now, very little by people familiar with Niger, this passage is important:...
Forum: Africa 1 Day Ago
Replies: 150
Views: 74,021
Posted By davidbfpo
Adam, That is an interesting article, which...

Adam,

That is an interesting article, which reflects others awhile ago now on whether China would assert itself and protect its investments in Africa.

Plus the link shows it originated from...
Forum: Africa 3 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By davidbfpo
Texan academic adds

Thanks to a "lurker" for the pointer to an exchange on Twitter between this lady as @texasinafrica (in a moment her bio) and others:

Just found her article in 'Slate', which is of value,...
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 31,525
Posted By davidbfpo
Growing Pakistan–Russia Military Ties

A short article from RUSI, by an intern from Pakistan and the full title is: Growing Pakistan–Russia Military Ties Reflect Central Asia’s Changing Geopolitics....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 338
Views: 170,375
Posted By davidbfpo
A US$2m investment

Mentioned at the B'ham conference was the emergence the story that drone technology depended on a small group of individuals, especially Neal Blue who for US$2m acquired the designer's company....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 338
Views: 170,375
Posted By davidbfpo
Time to focus on the UK's use of drones

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the RAF using drones, known as Reaper and Birmingham University's ICCS & Oxford Research Group's Remote Control Project - with a wide range of opinions...
Forum: Law Enforcement 6 Days Ago
Replies: 219
Views: 175,238
Posted By davidbfpo
UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief

In his first selected media appearance MI5's Director said there was currently "more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly" and that it can also be "harder to detect". He added that more...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 259
Views: 239,755
Posted By davidbfpo
The Royal Navy & Royal Marines have a problem

The UK defence budget is once again in a quandary and another Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) is underway. WoTR has a commentary by a ret'd Australian naval...
Forum: Law Enforcement 6 Days Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 27,829
Posted By davidbfpo
Treating doemstic threats like we treat ISIS plus

A What if" article by Daniel Byman and this passage explains:

Ouch, a lesson from Charlottesville:...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 320
Views: 76,290
Posted By davidbfpo
No artillery, war ends; now no air support Kurds exit

Not that the Kurds have not found themselves in this position before. Long ago (probably 1974-1975) it was the withdrawal of Imperial Iranian artillery support for their conflict with the Iraqis that...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 8,651
Posted By davidbfpo
Egypt: a crisis we'd prefer not to notice?

A multi-part commentary from Saferworld (A UK-based international NGO) and the full title is: We need to talk about Egypt: how brutal ‘counter-terrorism’ is failing Egypt and its allies.

A couple...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 2,058
Posted By davidbfpo
A pointer to The Godfather Doctrine

The article cited in the Gazette is behind a registration / payment wall, but an earlier edition (29 pgs.) is available via:http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/AD1037564
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 2,058
Posted By davidbfpo
US$100 billion and lessons learnt?

I only rarely catch Modern War Institute @ West Point articles, but this one aroused my interest. As the opening passage says:It lists five...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 344
Views: 173,230
Posted By davidbfpo
Investigators repeatedly missed chances to stop the Berlin killer

Mistakes happen in many investigations, but it appears the Berlin terrorist attack with a hijacked lorry was far worse. Here is one...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By davidbfpo
In the dust a HVT opportunity may explain their deaths

Jason Burke, in The Observer, is an accomplished journalist on terrorism; his article helps to provide the context and some pointers to why the four soldiers died in:Was this man the target?Did the...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 2,715
Posted By davidbfpo
Silence as questions remain over deadly Niger ambush

A CNN report with some more details and more questions:
Link:http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/13/politics/niger-attack-trump-silence/index.html

The film clip has a sentence akin to Niger has not...
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