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Forum: Middle East 4 Hours Ago
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From:http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-presi...

From:http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-president-saudi-amid-fresh-anti-houthi-strikes-1944829381

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Forum: Middle East 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 25,386
Posted By davidbfpo
Within an article by Robert Risk, in The...

Within an article by Robert Risk, in The Independent, is this unexpected factor for KSA, with my emphasis:...
Forum: Africa 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 208
Views: 22,803
Posted By davidbfpo
Does this picture tell a story?

The photo came via Twitter from a Nigerian-American and with this text:

IIRC this city, Maiduguri, was surrounded by Boko Haram and under intermittent attack.
...
Forum: Middle East 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 25,386
Posted By davidbfpo
Khat matters

As Crowbat has noted the anti-Yemeni coalition has put a naval blockade in place; open source radar sites show civilian aircraft are avoiding the Yemen.

In Sanaa the khat shops are still open,...
Forum: Middle East 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 25,386
Posted By davidbfpo
Somalia preparing to evacuate citizens from Yemen

A hard to imagine headline?
Link:http://horseedmedia.net/2015/03/27/somalia-preparing-to-evacuate-citizens-from-yemen/

Just how this massive transfer will be done is unclear. What resources,...
Forum: Middle East 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 25,386
Posted By davidbfpo
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Forum: Historians 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 2,996
Posted By davidbfpo
The Flechas

Spotted a 2013 book in a private library last week: The Flechas: Insurgent Hunting in Eastern Angola 1965-1974 by John P. Cann. Lots of B&W photos and the author is a SME on Portugal's colonial wars....
Forum: Europe 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 89
Views: 41,833
Posted By davidbfpo
Lithuania has learned five important lessons from Ukraine conflict

A short article citing Lithuania's top soldier:http://www.baltictimes.com/lithuania_has_learned_five_important_lessons_from_ukraine__chief_of_defence/#.VRWvlWNx4Ww.twitter
Forum: Adversary / Threat 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 2,362
Posted By davidbfpo
Outlaw09, Calls for Islam to be reformed...

Outlaw09,

Calls for Islam to be reformed from outside maybe listened to by some within. I doubt many will listen to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and a good number will regard General Sisi's statements as...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 25,386
Posted By davidbfpo
Stay out of the Yemeni yard! Too late

Gregory Johnsen had this piece earlier this month, it is a backgrounder:http://www.buzzfeed.com/gregorydjohnsen/meet-the-group-that-now-rules-yemen#.dtnN6XGex

His final paragraph:

Another SME,...
Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 13,728
Posted By davidbfpo
We are at the edge of a cliff

The title is taken from the commentary by the chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs select Committee (HASC), which today published its report 'Counter-terrorism: foreign...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 2,362
Posted By davidbfpo
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was on the BBC last night...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was on the BBC last night explaining her stance. It is hard to think of a person less likely to be listened to by Muslims than her, an openly declared atheist and awhile ago a Muslim...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 224
Views: 26,601
Posted By davidbfpo
The Islamic State’s Strategy in Libya

A short explanation by Carnegie of the Islamic State’s Strategy in Libya; an example:
Link:http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/2015/03/25/islamic-state-s-strategy-in-libya/i4w6
Forum: Adversary / Threat 2 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 248
Posted By davidbfpo
Women in Violent Extremist groups

The role of women in conflict appears in a few threads, I don't recall one on this theme. Topical as the media report young girls leaving to join ISIS in the UK and an attempt by one girl, with two...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 25,386
Posted By davidbfpo
I noted, but did not record a couple of comments...

I noted, but did not record a couple of comments on Twitter that last week's suicide bombing at mosques in Sanaa, meant all Muslims were killed as mosques can be used by all Muslims, rather than...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 25,386
Posted By davidbfpo
Yemen today in 43 minutes aka The Rise of the Houthis

A remarkable BBC World Service documentary, by an Arab lady journalist, who somehow talks to the key factions. Note it was placed on the website on the 21st...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,028
Posted By davidbfpo
Egypt's Vietnam

Citing only one question:

Hat tip to Greg Johnsen on Twitter. Have you seen this book: Nasser's Gamble: How Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power by Jesse...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 5,726
Posted By davidbfpo
A short detailed look at the role of the...

A short detailed look at the role of the fraction-ridden Kurds, in both Iraq
and Syria; in particular what happened @ Mt. Sinjar and...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 2,831
Views: 86,267
Posted By davidbfpo
Worth checking this on SWJ

There is a very interesting exchange on SWJ Blog, under the piece:
http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/nato-commander-breedlove-discusses-implications-of-hybrid-war

Unconventional Warfare (UW)...
Forum: Africa 4 Days Ago
Replies: 115
Views: 16,482
Posted By davidbfpo
Tunisia, bridging the gulf

A short commentary via Open Democracy by a British SME (a Barcelona resident Frances Ghiles), which gives the context for what happened last...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,028
Posted By davidbfpo
Crowbat, Thank you for that critique of the...

Crowbat,

Thank you for that critique of the Brookings report. I can sometimes discern what the think tanks, advocacy groups and more within 'The Beltway' is simply wrong. It is as if their...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,028
Posted By davidbfpo
Brookings have a comment on the merging of...

Brookings have a comment on the merging of Islamist groups:http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/markaz/posts/2015/03/23-syrian-islamists-balancing-with-alqaeda-lister

This passage is potent:
Forum: Africa 5 Days Ago
Replies: 208
Views: 22,803
Posted By davidbfpo
Boko Haram exploits army's decline

In recent days I have spotted a few articles commenting on the apparent decline of Nigeria's military, made even clearer as I have stated before, as its poorer neighbours take the offensive.

This...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 6 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 2,362
Posted By davidbfpo
An alternative Soufan text

Bill,

I did wonder if the Soufan conclusion reflected their own expertise as a commercial provider of expertise.

Citing that one passage again:

It would have made more sense if had stated:
...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 74
Views: 23,417
Posted By davidbfpo
Bill, Within the approach taken by the West...

Bill,

Within the approach taken by the West (a very general phrase) and its allies against the violent jihadists there has been IMHO no over-arching, agreed strategy beyond containment. Pursuing...
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