Category Libya

Tehran Seeks To Consolidate Power In Iraq In 2018

TEHRAN SEEKS TO CONSOLIDATE POWER IN IRAQ IN 2018 by Michael Knights The Cipher Brief September 24, 2017 Iran wants its local allies to create a Shia political bloc or Hezbollah-like arrangement next door, but Washington can curb such ambitions so long as it does not repeat its vanishing trick of 2011. READ THIS ARTICLE ON […]

Russia Crosses The Euphrates: Implications

  RUSSIA CROSSES THE EUPHRATES: IMPLICATIONS by Andrew J. TablerPolicy Alert September 18, 2017 By helping Assad’s forces bridge the river, Moscow is increasing the risk of direct confrontation while obstructing U.S. efforts to defeat IS, stabilize eastern Syria, and limit Iranian arms transfers. READ THIS ITEM ON OUR WEBSITE The Russian Ministry of Defense announced […]

Trump Admin Wants To Increase CIA Drone Strikes

Trump Admin Wants to Increase CIA Drone Strikes By Ken Dilanian, View Original September 18th, 2017 WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump visited CIA headquarters in the first weeks of his presidency, he toured the secure floor where agency officers direct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. Impressed by […]

North Korea: Why Do They Want Nukes? | In 60 seconds

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP David Maxwell:  Everyone should take sixty seconds and watch this video from Nick Eberstadt.  Please go to this link to watch the video.  There is more information packed into this […]

Is The War Model Of Counterterrorism A Failure? A Response To Micah Zenko

Conclusion: Bottom line: As you can see, I found Micah’s op-ed quite thought provoking, even if unpersuasive in some particulars and—to me—in its overarching conclusion.  Read the whole thing, and decide for yourself!  Is The War Model Of Counterterrorism A Failure? A Response To Micah Zenko By Robert Chesney, View Original August 25th, 2017 In a […]

U.S. Special Forces On The Ground In Lebanon

 Wonder if ISIS leader is hiding out in the Bekaa Valley?  RCP,   U.S. Special Forces On The Ground In Lebanon – Report By Times Of Israel, View Original August 6th, 2017 Hezbollah fighters stand on their army vehicle at the site where clashes erupted between Hezbollah and al-Qaida-linked fighters in Wadi al-Kheil or al-Kheil […]

Russia In Libya: War Or Peace? RUSSIA IN LIBYA:  WAR OR PEACE? Mattia Toaldo, 02 August 2017 Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilisation on Europe’s southern border. Libya is increasingly a target for Russia’s growing ambitions to influence the Middle East and North Africa, but, […]

Chaos And Order In A Changing World 

Chaos And Order In A Changing World by Dr Henry Kissinger · August 2, 2017 Lady Thatcher was one of the most significant leaders of our period. Decisive, effervescent, courageous, loyal, she was dedicated to shaping the future rather than following the recommendations of focus groups. I first met her in the early 1970s, when […]

Secretary Of Defense Mattis Says ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Likely Alive

Jim Mattis On ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: ‘I Think He’s Alive’ Washington Examiner · by Travis J. Tritten · July 21, 2017 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that he believes Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive following weeks of speculation over his death. Mattis said he has seen no evidence that Baghdadi is […]

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria, A Move Sought By Moscow

Excerpt: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. … After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia […]