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Forum: Africa 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 221
Views: 141,355
Posted By davidbfpo
The USA keeps on trying

From Politico an article on a new policy towards Somalia, summed up in this passage:Link:https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/19/troops-somalia-military-buildup-247668

Not easy to confirm to...
Forum: Africa 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By davidbfpo
All change, ah I'm not resigning says Cde Robert

I have just listened to Robert Mugabe's TV broadcast, where he did not resign; so one must wonder why the saviours of the nation / party let him do this. Everyone knows he is an old man and has had...
Forum: Africa 1 Day Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By davidbfpo
It's really the young -v- the old?

Yes the competition for power appears to be over who sits in the chair and nearby - within ZANU-PF - and somehow party branches, including the Women's League (previously Grace Mugabe's fiefdom) have...
Forum: Training & Education 1 Day Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 79,395
Posted By davidbfpo
Military Police Contribution to Evidence Based Operations

I cannot identify a thread appropriate for this Australian Military Police officer's article, so it is here!

The author's...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 293
Views: 121,667
Posted By davidbfpo
Libya: damned if we do and damned if we don’t

A SME has a report on the situation, which is summarized in the sub-title:Or the closing paragraphs:LinK:...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 198
Views: 90,835
Posted By davidbfpo
With some UK & US help KSA starves the Yemen

Helen Lackner is an independent SME writes on the current situation. This is the sub-title:Near the...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 2 Days Ago
Replies: 94
Views: 54,093
Posted By davidbfpo
Take a peek and engage

There is a discussion underway on North Korea following this Journal article:http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-strategic-implications-of-america%E2%80%99s-coming-choice-on-the-korean-peninsula...
Forum: Africa 3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By davidbfpo
What happened and why: Part Two

Below is a link to mainly academic community outlet 'The Conversation' with a number of new SME articles and few from the archive.

Professor Chan comments on the PRC link:...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 8,860
Posted By davidbfpo
We'd like to go home

Prompted by the previous SWJ Blog article a "lurker" and SME has added that the Haqqani Network were forced out of their long established base in North Waziristan, by Pakistani Army action and...
Forum: Africa 3 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By davidbfpo
What happened and why

It has been a long time since Zimbabwe has been on the front page of UK papers, even the free ones and often the lead item on TV news. So looking around I found these articles that help to explain...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 4 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 932
Posted By davidbfpo
AI goes wild: Slaughterbots

Thanks to a "lurker" a pointer to a scary YouTube clip (8 mins), which starts with a presentation and then a fictional situation - viewed since release on the 12th by 790K. Described by a SME...
Forum: Africa 5 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By davidbfpo
It's not a coup, it's a transition

A curious event in Harare, the army say we have moved, Robert Mugabe and family are safe and sounds of artillery fire in the north of the city. This is not a coup, a bloodless transition and the...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 5 Days Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 149,194
Posted By davidbfpo
Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees

Richard Barrett of The Soufan Group, had another article three weeks and the focus is on the UK....
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 57,919
Posted By davidbfpo
One brick added to the wall

A long piece by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy authors of 'The Exile: The Flight Of Osama Bin Laden' who cite one of the Abbottabad papers as reinforcing their book:...
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 870
Posted By davidbfpo
A coup: I have m' doubts

So far we have reports on a few APC moving along a traditional route and one broke down. If this was a coup it is hardly significant, as a signal it might resonate.

The ZNA are very unlikely IMHO...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 198
Views: 90,835
Posted By davidbfpo
Starving and bombing

From The Soufan Group's latest briefing:
Link:http://thesoufancenter.org/blockade-and-starvation-in-yemen/


I doubt the House of Representatives vote is influenced by the humanitarian situation...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 76,824
Posted By davidbfpo
Historic - yes, heard that before

I have seen repeated efforts in Europe to collaborate on defence projects, ostensibly to reduce costs and build capability - very few achieve that. The EU likes to make grand announcements, time will...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 567
Posted By davidbfpo
How has terror changed in 50 years?

A thoughtful article by veteran BBC reporter Peter Taylor, who has covered terrorism for fifty years; it is not easy reading, partly as he asks should we be talking to terrorists?

The opening...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 133,342
Posted By davidbfpo
Moderator at work

Four other threads in this arena have been merged in after a review; adding nearly 30k views.
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 374
Views: 138,923
Posted By davidbfpo
Will ZANU-PF listen?

Last week's post was surprising enough, with war veterans once again showing their opposition to Robert Mugabe. now a potentially more dangerous "shot across the bows" and the BBC's headline:So what...
Forum: Law Enforcement 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 9,245
Posted By davidbfpo
Falcone's work goes on and on

Thread re-opened after this update on Sicily in the German newspaper Der Spiegel; the title and sub-title:...
Forum: Law Enforcement 1 Week Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 43,700
Posted By davidbfpo
Pointer to info source and views

There have been mass shootings all to often since the last post in September 2016; some may have appeared on the Terrorism in the USA thread. Just checked there was no Forum post on the Las Vegas...
Forum: Media, Information & Cyber Warriors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 61,653
Posted By davidbfpo
The ISIS Propaganda Decline: Update

Charlie Winter, back @ ICSR has an updated analysis of ISIS media operations via the BBC:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41845285
Forum: Americas 1 Week Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 63,021
Posted By davidbfpo
What works for a Favela boss

I attended a lecture yesterday in London @ LSE on 'Militarised Response to Transnational Crime', a book now published and one speaker, ex-BBC reporter Misha Glenny, referred to his time living in a...
Forum: Intelligence 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 3,034
Posted By davidbfpo
Two resources

Yesterday in the IISS Library I found two additional resources on the issues raised. They are both online if your library is a subscriber.

'Northern Ireland and minimum force: the refutation of a...
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