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Forum: Central Asia 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 125
Views: 59,747
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A Digger tries to report

An Australian TV documentary, it is rare for such first-hand visual reporting in such a sensitive region:http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2014/s4097689.htm

There's also a transcript for the...
Forum: Military - Other 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 200
Views: 49,371
Posted By davidbfpo
A report from Norway

An Australian TV report from Finnmark, Norway's northern province and the border with Russia. It starts with:

Link, includes a twenty-eight minute TV documentary (with some nice...
Forum: Africa 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 8,841
Posted By davidbfpo
It's land ownership that matters

A fascinating backgrounder on CAR, on land ownership - an issue I don't recall being mentioned before. Here is one passage:
...
Forum: Middle East 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 1,448
Posted By davidbfpo
ISIS provoking Turkey

The paper cited above refer to the tomb's garrison as sixty Turkish SF soldiers in September 2014; which may be in addition to the twentyfive soldiers cited in my first post.

Numbers matter as it...
Forum: Middle East 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 1,448
Posted By davidbfpo
A nineteen page Turkish think tank report...

A nineteen page Turkish think tank report published today 'Defending the Tomb of Suleyman Shah:Turkey’s Options and Challenges',...
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 1,448
Posted By davidbfpo
Old news or something new?

As the Turkish parliament debates renewal of permission for Turkish troops to cross into Iraq and Syria, just by coincidence Tweets that ISIS have moved closer to the tomb:
Forum: Politics In the Rear 1 Day Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 830
Posted By davidbfpo
Bill asked me:From my armchair faraway Bill my...

Bill asked me:From my armchair faraway Bill my response is political not military.

I am unconvinced that we, the UK, should join this alliance and take military action in Iraq, maybe with Syria...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 1 Day Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 830
Posted By davidbfpo
Before I get serious on Bill's question

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByyDPfhIUAASNRX.jpg
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 10,193
Posted By davidbfpo
The French intifada: France and its Muslims

This time a left-wing reviewer, a former (disgraced) Labour MP and he starts with:

Apparently Hussey is ready to say the unthinkable, e.g. regarding a French colonial hero, Marshal Hubert Lyautey,...
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 688
Posted By davidbfpo
Presley, This KoW piece parallels your post...

Presley,

This KoW piece parallels your post 'The Acme Co. Army?', which opens with:The author poses four questions for the exchange the readers have on Twitter:...
Forum: Law Enforcement 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 7,912
Posted By davidbfpo
The Danish way

A short UK C4 News report on the Danish approach when fighters return home:http://www.channel4.com/news/can-returning-jihadis-be-reintegrated-into-society

The C4 News website does not have the...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 3,180
Posted By davidbfpo
Will Gaza be the global jihadists' next 'ground zero'?

A short piece from Haaretz by Aaron Zelin, which includes remarks on the appearance in Gaza of IS and their social wlefare...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 2 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 830
Posted By davidbfpo
Ex-SAS Co writes: a military 'sugar rush' risks strategic failure

Ex-SAS commanders are not known for taking a high profile on current events, so this article deserves reading. It does refer to the UK decision to become involved last week. It is a moot point...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
Replies: 101
Views: 2,762
Posted By davidbfpo
THis week a "lurker" who knows the Ukraine and...

THis week a "lurker" who knows the Ukraine and Crimea added to my knowledge:



Tourists from the Ukraine are still visiting the Crimea
Even non-Russians in the Crimea voted for unification...
Forum: Intelligence 4 Days Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 31,177
Posted By davidbfpo
Why big data missed the Ebola outbreak

A FP article which is not convinced of the frequent claims that big data can provide answers and...
Forum: Law Enforcement 4 Days Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 10,514
Posted By davidbfpo
AP, I remain puzzled at the apparent...

AP,

I remain puzzled at the apparent disregard of 'right-wing extremism' in the USA, especially when police officers are murdered.

As I have posted elsewhere disregard, inadequate intelligence...
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 902
Views: 33,280
Posted By davidbfpo
Outlaw09, I'd say every fortnight a chart...

Outlaw09,

I'd say every fortnight a chart appears on SM. Most depend on the figures collected by ISW, ICSR and a few others. Recently I saw one that emphasised the numbers from Arab nations, I...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 902
Views: 33,280
Posted By davidbfpo
Did Obama Just Unify America’s Enemies?

A short comment, which is sub-titled 'Why bombing Syria could turn out to be a disasterous mistake' by Clints...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 335
Posted By davidbfpo
AdamG, It is noteworthy that China has not...

AdamG,

It is noteworthy that China has not yet taken 'active measures' abroad against its jihadist enemies, notably those it believes linked to the troubles in Xinjiang Province (a point covered...
Forum: Africa 5 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 12,087
Posted By davidbfpo
Algeria: North Africa’s reluctant policeman

An important, concise explanation of how Algeria is working, this time with the emphasis on diplomacy, although other capabilities are still...
Forum: South Asia 5 Days Ago
Replies: 451
Views: 126,244
Posted By davidbfpo
In Pakistan IS makes its debut

An article from Kings War Studies other blog Strife, by a PhD student Zoha Waseem: 'The arrival of IS in Pakistan and the politics of the...
Forum: Historians 5 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 3,555
Posted By davidbfpo
Anti-Terrorist operation 1914; today the same?

Professor Adam Roberts, of Oxford University, spoke at a conference in July 2014 @ Sarajevo and last week at a different conference @ St. Andrews, on terrorism, he referred to it. He draws uncanny...
Forum: Historians 5 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 3,555
Posted By davidbfpo
August 1914: another foreign war, another dodgy dossier

A long article on a new(ish) book which starts with:

Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/david-elstein/august-1914-another-foreign-war-another-dodgy-dossier?

For the book...
Forum: Law Enforcement 5 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 1,106
Posted By davidbfpo
Stay calm

Bill,

The beheadings in Syria of three victims gained massive, global publicity and no doubt the worst imagery will remain online for a long time.

As a Pakistani writer remindes us beheadings...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 902
Views: 33,280
Posted By davidbfpo
The only person who’s really happy so far is Assad

'Brown Moses' is cited in the Canadian story:

Link:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/uk-approves-air-strikes-in-iraq/article20799177/
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