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  1. Currently reading your excellent recommendation...

    Currently reading your excellent recommendation https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Victory-Intelligence-that-beat/dp/1527202054 and this would, in many way, complement it nicely. Can you send us a copy...
  2. Thread: Iraq in 2017

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    The Rapid Response Division (Federal Police) did...

    The Rapid Response Division (Federal Police) did better than expected in Fallujah, but the Coalition footprint with it is limited and with that there is a lack of understanding of its capabilities. ...
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    Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right

    A new report that I spotted today will be of interest to those on this thread:

    "Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right"

    The executive summary...
  4. Thread: Iraq in 2016

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    The question should be "Does the Iraqi State have...

    The question should be "Does the Iraqi State have sufficient CTS for a long "meat grinder" battle for Mosul?"

    In Baiji, Ramadi and Fallujah the CTS (ISOF) did the breach and initial clear, other...
  5. Thread: Iraq in 2016

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    It's largely rubbish. The Kurds are actively...

    It's largely rubbish.

    The Kurds are actively briefing against the Iraqis for a number of reasons. Are the Kurds short of weaponry? Yes, but the Iraqis are in exactly the same position as the...
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    They might be arguments

    They might be arguments, but they certainly do not reflect my concerns.

    1) Women are physically inferior to men. Not a serious argument that I have heard put forward. Women are however...
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    Because societies go to war in a manner which...

    Because societies go to war in a manner which reflects both the society and their aims in the conflict. You cannot expect a society to fight in a way that is foreign to that society. At the very...
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    I quite agree that this is not just about combat...

    I quite agree that this is not just about combat effectiveness. The way a military fights reflects the society it comes from and what that society aspires to be. I just see no hard evidence that...
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    That's one hell of an assertion. Would you like...

    That's one hell of an assertion. Would you like to back that up with evidence? I have not seen any significant moral or philosophical contributions to the debate, nor have I seen any serious...
  10. We can compare reviews as I have started on my...

    We can compare reviews as I have started on my copy. I have enjoyed what little I have skimmed through so far. Conspicuously absent from the aforesaid book is the Indian Police Service an area that...
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    Indeed that book is sitting on my shelves beside...

    Indeed that book is sitting on my shelves beside my desk, as yet unopened, although the book The Police In War is now well thumbed.
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    Many Thanks

    Many thanks to John Bertetto, DavidBFPO and others for the responses, both on this forum and via other means.

    Although partnering is well understood after the experience of OEF and OIF the...
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    John, Thanks for your comments. I am not a...

    John,

    Thanks for your comments. I am not a Law Enforcement professional, so I found them insightful and certainly food for some follow up work.

    When a unit attends the National Training...
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    Assessing the Police

    The context of this RFI is a planning project concerning Security Force Assistance (SFA) with the Iraqi Police.

    The Joint Center for Security Force Assistance Planners Guide gives advice on...
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    Of course it is recent accounting innovation to...

    Of course it is recent accounting innovation to bring Trident into the core defence budget. Previous nuclear programmes were kept separate simply because while their strategic utility was not...
  16. Thread: Iraq in 2016

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    That's not to the contrary - that's almost...

    That's not to the contrary - that's almost exactly what I said! :D

    The Iraqi Army was always very fond of artillery and that has not changed as far as I can see. As in the Saddam era army, their...
  17. Thread: Iraq in 2016

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    The Hashd have proved incapable of clearing...

    The Hashd have proved incapable of clearing complex terrain without incurring large casualties or using egregious amounts of indirect fire. I cannot see that changing quickly.

    I get no sense from...
  18. Thread: Iraq in 2016

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    Good report. The conflict in Iraq appears to...

    Good report.

    The conflict in Iraq appears to be entering a new phase with ISIL on the operational defence and resorting to increasing use of asymmetric tactics. These tactics disrupt and delay...
  19. Thread: Iraq in 2016

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    The attack appeared to be targeted against senior...

    The attack appeared to be targeted against senior PMF figures.

    ISIL seems to be trying to stoke sectarian tensions further as the tide of conventional war flows against it. Considering the...
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    Well they should not be profound. Countries are...

    Well they should not be profound. Countries are always in a state of permanent competition, to think otherwise is dangerously nave.

    I echo General Houghton's comments on constraints as to the...
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    Rip Van Winkle Awakes

    I am Rip Van Winkle.

    I return to the wider world after some time away to discover that the UK has declared war. At least one would think so judging by both the debate in parliament and the media...
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I have ordered a...

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I have ordered a couple of books as well:

    What Happened To The Iraqi Police?

    The Police In War

    and
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    Policing in the Middle East

    I am after recommendations for reading on the policing culture and norms in the Middle East.

    I saw some good point on the (closed) 2008 thread Policing in Combat but what I am really after is...
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    I am not convinced that the UK now retains a...

    I am not convinced that the UK now retains a realistic appreciation of geo-strategy outside of academia. Certainly it has been widely noted by many ( House of Commons Defence Committee, Chris...
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    Sacred Violence

    Sacred Violence: Political Religion in a Secular Age

    Taken from the book's introduction:


    "This book addresses the complex relationship between ideology or political religion and the recourse...
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