Category Islam

It’s ISIS, Not ISIL, The Pentagon Informs Staff In New Memo

It’s ISIS, Not ISIL, The Pentagon Informs Staff In New Memo February 24 at 5:44 PM By Missy Ryan, www.washingtonpost.com View Original The Pentagon has instructed defense officials to use the acronym ISIS, not ISIL, when referring to the Islamic State, abandoning the convention of the Obama administration and embracing the term preferred by President Trump. In a […]

The Wars of Today And Tomorrow: A Conversation With Douglas Lute

The Wars of Today And Tomorrow: A Conversation With Douglas Lute  Feb 18, 2017  GSSR  Europe, In The News, International Security, Military & Defense  0 http://georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org/2017/02/18/the-wars-of-today-and-tomorrow-a-conversation-with-douglas-lute/ By: Will Chim, Reporter Photo Credit: United States Institute of Peace (USIP) This month, the United States Institute of Peace hosted a discussion event with Douglas Lute to discuss “the wars of today and tomorrow”. […]

Why A Travel Restriction Won’t Stop Terrorism At Home

Excerpts: The republic is not in peril. What is at work here is terrorism – acts of violence calculated to create fear and alarm. It is often effective. Terrorism can also act as a condenser of society’s broader anxieties. Illegal immigration has caused widespread concern, which amplifies the perceived terrorist threat. … Some of those […]

The Blackwater Of Jihad

The Blackwater Of Jihad By Rao Komar, Christian Borys, Eric Woods, foreignpolicy.com View Original February 10th, 2017 Heavily armed and expertly kitted with body armor and ballistic helmets, the men can be seen defending bunkers, storming buildings, and even posing by whiteboards giving tactical lessons. Though the titles of these YouTube videos are written in Russian Cyrillic, their background […]

What Are U.S. Forces Doing in Yemen In The First Place?

Excerpt: What explains the exceedingly modest payoff that America gets for the $600 billion-plus dollars that congress annually funnels to the Pentagon? It’s ludicrous to suggest, as Exum does, that the problem lies with timid and slow-moving civilian officials who have “denied subordinate commanders the flexibility to exploit opportunities they saw on the battlefield.” No, the […]

Why A Navy SEAL Raid On al-Qaeda Enraged Yemenis

Excerpt: The rebuke to the US and the subsequent walking back may have been more theatrical than substantive. President Hadi has little influence in his own country. A northern Yemeni militant group, the Houthis, drove Hadi from power when they took over Yemen’s capital city Sanaa in an unchallenged military takeover in late 2014. By […]

Isis Pay Human Traffickers For Refugee Children In ‘Desperate’ Attempt To Attract More Recruits

This reinforces my view that we need a ‘Judgment At Raqqa,” a 21st century Nuremberg-style Crimes Against Humanity trials for al-Baghdadi and his keyy henchmen,.  RCP http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-refugee-children-pay-smugglers-human-traffickers-more-recruits-islamic-state-iraq-syria-terror-a7565016.html Isis Pay Human Traffickers For Refugee Children In ‘Desperate’ Attempt To Attract More Recruits Isis is able to effectively recruit refugee children by providing money or food, think-tank report […]

The Percolating Proxy War In Yemen

  IISS Strategic Comments r The Percolating Proxy War In Yemen The formation of a large coalition by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to intervene in Yemen reflects both precedent and strong motivation. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have long been involved in Yemen. In the 1960s, the Saudis fought a brutal war […]

Trump’s Administration Should Take Note Of These Counterterrorism Principles

David Maxwell:  Terrorism is about achieving political effects and objectives.  We forget that at our peril.   Excerpts: Three general principles can inform the policy debate over what the United States should do to combat terrorism in the new administration: 1. There are no simple solutions to complex problems. 2. Even if there were a […]

“Islam Strengthening In Europe With The Blessing Of The Church”

      In this mailing: Giulio Meotti: “Islam Strengthening in Europe with the Blessing of the Church” Judith Bergman: Austria: Does the Church Really Care about Terrorism? Burak Bekdil: Turkey: Erdogan’s Grab for Absolute Power “Islam Strengthening in Europe with the Blessing of the Church” by Giulio Meotti  •  January 29, 2017 at 6:00 […]