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Forum: Middle East 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 4,627
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A diabolical marketing strategy

A fascinating article, the headline 'The Making of the World's Scariest Terrorist Brand', although the sub-title is quite telling:
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Forum: Trigger Puller 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 452
Posted By davidbfpo
New boots, Chinooks please: French lessons for the US Army

A fascinating RAND study of France's Operation Serval in Mali and whether the US Army's expeditionary approach can learn lessons. There are some important caveats, notably reliance on French official...
Forum: Europe 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By davidbfpo
American Pride, Yes Anne Applebaum does not...

American Pride,

Yes Anne Applebaum does not include the Yeltsin era as contributing to the return of "old wine" in a new Putin-shape. One reason why I used succinct.

I am not a Russian...
Forum: Europe 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By davidbfpo
The myth of Russian humiliation

An excellent, succinct commentary by Anne Applebaum in the WaPo, a SME on Eastern Europe. SWC have debated the issues and mistakes around the Crimea, Ukraine and other incidents of late....
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 22,627
Posted By davidbfpo
A short column by Lorenzo Vidino, a SME on the...

A short column by Lorenzo Vidino, a SME on the Muslim Brotherhood; in which he succinctly explains the UK governments review as:
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Forum: Africa 3 Days Ago
Replies: 173
Views: 15,629
Posted By davidbfpo
We don't talk to BH. Ah, yes we do.

For months the Nigerian government has denied being in talks with Boko Haram, over the kidnapped schoolgirls in particular. Now it appears they have been talking, with the Red Cross visiting jails to...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
Replies: 168
Views: 5,429
Posted By davidbfpo
The impact of THE weather

I do wonder - from my centrally heated home - whether the weather will freeze aggression sooner than the political-military.

On a quick look based on the climate in Rostov winter arrives next...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 799
Views: 73,654
Posted By davidbfpo
Thousands of Kurds are fighting for the Daesh

Crowbat a question about the Kurds. Two days ago you posted this:

IIRC this theme has appeared elsewhere, which came as a surprise to me.

I appreciate the Kurds across the regional borders are...
Forum: International Politics 6 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 7,879
Posted By davidbfpo
Should the U.S. Cooperate with China on Terrorism?

Discovered via a "lurker" a short discussion, with reasonable responses, although none of the SME writing are known to me:http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/should-us-cooperate-china-terrorism?
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Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 959
Views: 38,482
Posted By davidbfpo
A bad investment: ISF

A conservative explanation why the ISF collapsed - before Mosul - which is a good, quick read:http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-iraqs-american-trained-army-failed/

It ends with:...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 6 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,065
Posted By davidbfpo
Counter - Unconventional Warfare

A 'White Paper' from US Army SOCOM on Counter Unconventional War, published last month, appeared today. It has no USG classification and is on several websites, albeit no USG ones, on a quick Google...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 5,219
Posted By davidbfpo
al-Sisi is not helping

Elliott Abrams from CFR is I think a Washington "insider", OK in the past, but he is rather direct in this article:http://blogs.cfr.org/abrams/2014/10/13/stability-in-egypt/

He cites in part a...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 53,032
Posted By davidbfpo
The flow to the main conflict zone

Nice graphic via WaPo:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/foreign-fighters-flow-to-syria/2014/10/11/3d2549fa-5195-11e4-8c24-487e92bc997b_graphic.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
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Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 19,681
Posted By davidbfpo
WW2 Crimean campaign: Italians fighting?

Firn replied:

When I visited Sevastapol our guides pointed out an Italian war memorial, built recently after the USSR fell - that is what I relied upon.

Incidentally the official German war...
Forum: Central Asia 1 Week Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 62,988
Posted By davidbfpo
A ggod question that explains this OD article: ...

A ggod question that explains this OD article:

Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/civilresistance/michael-caster/resistance-repression-and-cycle-of-violence-in-uyghur-struggle

Somehow I don't...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 3,484
Posted By davidbfpo
A long Huffington Post article 'An Open Letter to...

A long Huffington Post article 'An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims' and note he dismisses 'moderate':

I shall let the Bible readers ponder this passage:

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Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 682
Posted By davidbfpo
ISIS @ Kobane in July used CW

A short article from an Israeli insititute, which relies on Kurdish information, alleges ISIS has used CW. It starts...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 145
Views: 40,209
Posted By davidbfpo
Who won the war?

Peter Taylor, a BBC journalist has made a hundred films on 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland and now his latest is available, which is a personal assessment of who really 'won the war', with...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 682
Posted By davidbfpo
Insurgents & WMD? Intent & Capability

Bill Moore suggested a new thread on how terrorists/militias/insurgents use and intend to use WMD. Oddly SWC has not debated this (see 1st post for historical links).

He suspects we're at the...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 959
Views: 38,482
Posted By davidbfpo
Bill, There are only three threads where the...

Bill,

There are only three threads where the subject line includes WMD. There is one thread, which you started, from February 2007 'Possible Chemical Attack in Iraq' which maybe useful today, it...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 682
Posted By davidbfpo
Bill, There are only three threads where the...

Bill,

There are only three threads where the subject line includes WMD. There is one thread, which you started, from February 2007 'Possible Chemical Attack in Iraq' which maybe useful today, it...
Forum: Intelligence 1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 1,207
Posted By davidbfpo
Doughnut boss gives interview

'The Doughnut' is the nickname for the HQ of GCHQ, the UK's SIGINT / COMINT organisation (similar to the NSA) and its Director is about to retire, so he gave an...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 19,681
Posted By davidbfpo
Firn, Thanks for that discovery. One to add...

Firn,

Thanks for that discovery. One to add to my list.

I was aware of the Italian Army in Russia, although not in detail. Then a few years ago I read in Jamaica Anthony Beevor's book on...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 30,002
Posted By davidbfpo
A second empire?

A South African review of Howard French's book 'China’s Second Continent - How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa', published; the author is a former NYT journalist:
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Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 799
Views: 73,654
Posted By davidbfpo
For a moment read about Syrian refugees

With our pol-military outlook sometimes the civilian dimension, so here is a long piece by Joshua Hersh 'The Lessons of Atmeh', a refugee camp in Syria just over the Turkish...
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