Category Syria

Niger Ambush Came After ‘Massive Intelligence Failure,’ Source Says

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell & his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  There are some observations that David did not make that I will.  The hatred of POTUS Trump by most of the so-called ‘mainstream’ media is off the charts; and, they will stoop […]

SecDef Mattis At AUSA: The Threats The U.S. Military Must Be Prepared For

Secretary Mattis at AUSA: The Threats the US Military Must be Prepared For – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by Liam Collins · October 12, 2017 Secretary of Defense James Mattis kicked off the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Monday. The meeting is billed as the “largest landpower exposition and professional development […]

Deaths Of 3 Elite U.S. Troops In Niger Highlight Quietly Expanding Mission

Deaths of 3 elite U.S. troops in Niger highlight quietly expanding mission By Alex Horton, www.washingtonpost.com View Original October 5th, 2017 A U.S. Army Special Forces weapons sergeant observes a Nigerien soldier during at training exercise in Diffa, Niger, March 11, 2017.Photo by: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zayid Ballesteros Caskets with the remains of three Army […]

Manila Scores A Victory Against ISIS But More Battles Loom

Excerpts: Until the ISIS siege of Marawi, the Philippine government was in denial of an ISIS presence in the Island of Mindanao. However, the response of the Philippine government to Marawi siege led by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Chief of the Armed Forces General Eduardo Ano, and Intelligence Chief Gen Santos […]

The U.S.-Russia Race To Beat ISIS In Eastern Syria

The US-Russia Race to Beat ISIS in Eastern Syria By Patrick Hoover, georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org View Original October 3rd, 2017 The US-Russia Race to Beat ISIS in Eastern Syria By: Photo Credit: Daily Sabah The race to rule eastern Syria after the defeat of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is quickly and quietly escalating into a focal point […]

What To Know The ‘Day After’ Overthrowing A Government

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 Sigh…  This really pains me.  For the second time this week the Cipher Brief has written about regime change with north Korea being the obvious focus of the discussion.  Again […]

Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Issues Clarion Call For Followers To Attack Western Media & References North Korea Threats In ‘New’ 46-Minute Audio Recording; Leader/Key Followers Adapting Their Escape & Evasion Tradecraft

Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Issues Clarion Call For Followers To Attack Western Media & References North Korea Threats In ‘New’ 46-Minute Audio Recording; Leader/Key Followers Adapting Their Escape & Evasion Tradecraft http://www.fortunascorner.com      Chris Plesance, writing for the September 28, 2017 online edition of the Daily Mail Online, that the Islamic State “(ISIS) has released […]

ISIS In The Philippines: A Threat To U.S. Interests

Nine articles from the Hoover Institution on Islamism in Maritime Southeast Asia are at this link:  http://www.hoover.org/publications/caravan/issue-1715 ISIS In The Philippines: A Threat To U.S. Interests by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.) Wednesday, September 27, 2017   http://www.hoover.org/research/isis-philippines-threat-us-interests On 23 May 2017, several hundred militants acting in the name of the Islamic State seized control of a portion […]

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 […]

Trump Poised To Drop Some Limits On Drone Strikes And Commando Raids

David Maxwell’s Comments:This could be a real problem if we start conducting US unilateral drone strikes or raids against ISIS in the Philippines. It will feel good to do but it will cause long term damage. By clearing the way to target rank-and-file Islamist insurgents even without the presence of a high-level leader focused on […]