Archive for Iraq

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

STRATFOR: The United States Has Unfinished Business in Ukraine and Iraq

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(stratfor.com – George Friedman – 6.26.14) In recent weeks, some of the international system’s unfinished business has revealed itself. We have seen that Ukraine’s fate is not yet settled, and with that, neither is Russia’s relationship with the European Peninsula. In Iraq we learned that the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the creation of a new Iraqi political system did not answer the question of

NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

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[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

STRATFOR: Jordan Could Be the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s Next Target

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(Stratfor.com - 6.19.14) Summary The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, buoyed by its recent successes in Iraq, wants to expand its regional reach. Reports that Iraq has withdrawn forces from western towns close to its 180-kilometer (110-mile) border with Jordan have left Amman feeling vulnerable, and the Hashemite kingdom, certainly a target of interest for the jihadist movement, has deployed additional security personnel along the

VIDEO: Defense Department Briefing on Capture of Benghazi Terrorist Suspect Khattala and other subjects

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Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, briefed reporters about the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah for civilian prosecution over the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Khattalah is now being held at a secure location outside of Libya and will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C.  Kirby avoided providing details about the capture, or how

The Intrigue Lying Behind Iraq’s Jihadist Uprising

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(Stratfor – Reva Bhalla 6.16.14) Events in Iraq over the past week were perhaps best crystallized in a series of photos produced by the jihadist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Sensationally called The Destruction of Sykes-Picot, the pictures confirmed the group’s intent to upend nearly a century of history in the Middle East. In a series of pictures set to a