Category Libya

Punishment Or Provocation? Echoes From El Dorado Canyon

Punishment or Provocation? Echoes from El Dorado Canyon thestrategybridge.org · by Blake Herzinger · April 12, 2018 “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” —Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 “We hope that these acts deter future acts of terrorism. One can’t know for sure that that will be the case.” —Robert B. Sims, Pentagon Spokesperson, 17 April […]

The KGB Playbook For Infiltrating The Middle East

The KGB Playbook for Infiltrating the Middle East By Michael Weiss, www.thedailybeast.com View Original December 28th, 2017 This is the second article in a three-part series based on never-before-published training manuals for the KGB, the Soviet intelligence organization that Vladimir Putin served as an operative, and that shaped his view of the world. As former Director of […]

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day By Yusuf Sayman, www.buzzfeed.com View Original December 19th, 2017 SANLIURFA, Turkey — A notorious Australian jihadi left the ISIS caliphate this summer and crossed the Syrian border into Turkey. With him was a well-connected Syrian doctor who’d overseen medical facilities in the ISIS capital of Raqqa. […]

Inside The Botched Raid That Left Four U.S. Soldiers Dead In Niger

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, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comments:  From Buzzfeed.   “A lot of speculation in this to include from sources that may not really be able to offer credible assessments.  But I would really […]

Saudis Set To Launch Counterterror Coalition Commanded By Ex-Pakistan General Sharif

Saudis Set to Launch Counterterror Coalition Commanded by Ex-Pakistan General Sharif November 25, 2017 1:14 PM Ayaz Gul www.voanews.com View Original November 25th, 2017 FILE – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks at the opening ceremony of Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 24, 2107. ISLAMABAD —A Saudi-led Muslim military coalition, […]

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, www.nbcnews.com 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 fortunascorner.com 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, www.lawfareblog.com View Original August 25th, 2017 In a […]