Archive for July 1, 2014

Stratfor: The Sunni Ramadan Offensive and the Lessons of Tet

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(stratfor.com – George Friedman – 7.1.14) In February 1968, the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong launched a general offensive in Vietnam during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. From mid-1966 onward, the North Vietnamese had found themselves under increasing pressure from American and South Vietnamese forces. They were far from defeated, but they were weakening and the likelihood of their military victory was receding.

NEWSLINK: ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group

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[“ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group” – Reuters 7.1.14] Reuters reports on the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) crucifying eight of their own militants for being too moderate, and publicly displaying their bodies: Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring

NEWSLINK: Obama administration warns states that road funds near gone

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[“Obama administration warns states that road funds near gone” – Reuters 7.1.14] Reuters reports that declining revenues from gas taxes could result in a¬†slowing or hypothetical drying up of federal funds for state road projects. The Obama administration warned states on Tuesday that federal highway funds will be largely depleted in August, limiting the money states can expect to pay for road and bridge projects

NEWSLINK: Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank

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[“Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank” – Reuters 6.30.14] Reuters covers the discovery, in the West Bank, of the bodies of three Israeli teenage Jewish seminarians. The seminarians¬†previously had been missing for several weeks. Israel blames Palestinian faction Hamas and vows a response. The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank on Monday and Israel