Category counterinsurgency

“Betraying al-Qaeda;’ New Book — “Nine Lives,” By A Former al-Qaeda Operative Who Defected And Worked For British Intelligence

“Betraying al-Qaeda;’ New Book — “Nine Lives,” By A Former al-Qaeda Operative Who Defected And Worked For British Intelligence http://www.fortunascorner.com      Graeme Wood, posted a July 31, 2018 article to the Wall Street Journal’s website, “Betraying al Qaeda,” which his review of Aimen Dean’s new book, “Nine Lives.” Mr. Wood notes that “three years ago, a Saudi man calling himself […]

Lessons Of Covert Action In Tibet (1950-1972)

Excerpts: The CIA’s efforts in Tibet were successful because the objectives of the covert action campaign were reasonably limited and achievable with the resources available. While the Tibetans themselves may have nursed illusions of eventually driving all Chinese occupiers from their homeland, it is clear from the available records that the CIA and the political […]

The Darker Shade Of Gray: A New War Unlike Any Other

David Maxwell Comment:  “The money quote from Nate is in the second paragraph here.  We should heed his words (and read the entire Q&A Essay):”     The next wave of unconventional warlike aggression against the United States and its allies is well-underway. Elite U.S. leadership has been warned about the strategic hazards of effective […]

Blackwater Founder Makes New Pitch For Mercenaries To Take Over Afghan War

Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to take over Afghan war The Hill · by Justin Wise · July 12, 2018 Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, is making a new pitch for his proposal to turn U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan over to mercenaries. Price promoted the plan in […]

Analysis: Pentagon Continues To Underestimate al Qaeda, Downplay Ties To Taliban

Analysis: Pentagon continues to underestimate al Qaeda, downplay ties to Taliban By Bill Roggio, www.longwarjournal.org View Original July 5th, 2018 Screenshot from video produced by the Taliban in Dec. 2016 that emphasized the ties between al Qaeda and the Taliban. Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and Taliban founder Mulla Omar (center, top) are shown side by […]

Cadres Told To Reinforce North Korea’s Seal To Fight ‘Imperialist Ideology’

The comment highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortuanscorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “Kim Jong-un must continue suppression of the Korean people in the north and the number one method is through ideological training.   On the day when we […]

Behind The Secret U.S. War In Africa

The comment highlighted in blue below is by/from Col (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “Programs.  Where is the campaign plan? We should not be fighting wars with programs.  We must learn to campaign to support policy and strategy.  The only mention […]

You’re On Your Own, U.S. Tells Syrian Rebels, As Assad Goes On Offensive

The comment highlighted in blue below is by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comment:  “It is amazing that we can still get indigenous forces to work with us as we have let down so many in the past from the Alamo […]

Strategic Disruption By Exploiting Ethnic Separatism Is A Viable Option To Counter China And Create Alternatives In Afghanistan

Strategic disruption by exploiting ethnic separatism is a viable option to counter China and create alternatives in Afghanistan “A restored independent and secular Balochistan could; derail BRI and Chinese military expansion, open a sea route to Afghanistan, drive a stake into the heart of radical Islam and threaten Iran’s theocracy because of the sizable Baloch […]

The American Who Says He’s Been The Target Of Five Air Strikes

The American Who Says He’s Been the Target of Five Air Strikes By Conor Friedersdorf, www.theatlantic.com View Original June 18th, 2018 He was born Darrell Lamont Phelps. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, moved down to the city, tried his hand at comedy, and later converted to Islam, adopting the name of Bilal Abdul Kareem. […]