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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.

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

Sudan Denies Immediate Release of Christian Woman Condemned to Death

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(VOA News - June 1, 2014) Sudan’s Foreign Ministry is denying media reports that a woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith will be released within days, following an international outcry. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abubakar Al-Sidiq says Mariam Yahya Ibrahim cannot be released without a ruling from an appeals court. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging last month after she declined to declare

US to Help France in Mali

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(VOA News – January 17, 2013) The United States has agreed to help France airlift troops and equipment into Mali, where Islamist extremists control the north.France has asked the Pentagon for help and officials from both countries are holding detailed talks on what is needed.  The Pentagon has no plans at this time to send troops into Mali.French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says 1,400

France Begins Ground Operations in Mali

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(VOA News -January 16, 2013) A reporter for VOA’s French to Africa Service spoke to a resident of Diabaly, who says Malian army personnel have surrounded the town.  French media reports say French special forces are also present and that fighting in Diabaly is underway. On Tuesday, French warplanes conducted airstrikes on the town, located 400 kilometers north of the capital, Bamako. Foreign Troop Commitments