Ukraine war pulls in foreign fighters

Ukraine war pulls in foreign fighters

On September 1, 2014 by stratagem

  Source: BBC France Some 20 French citizens have gone to Ukraine to fight on both sides, French public radio station France Info said in a report (in French) on 11 August. Four of them,...

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Limited Warfare Is Back

On August 28, 2014 by stratagem

Source: National Interest EUROPE NEEDS to rearm and defend itself to cope with a new military threat. The American security umbrella—in both its conventional and nuclear forms—is no longer adequate, particularly on NATO’s...

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U.S. Military hides air base locations for ISIS airstrikes

On August 27, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Star Tribune The U.S. military is relying on bases in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere in the Middle East to carry out airstrikes in Iraq, but it is masking the locations and...

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Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here

On August 25, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: IEEE Spectrum Electromagnetic (EM) attacks are not only possible—they are happening. One may be under way as you read this. Even so, you would probably never hear of it: These stories are...

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Iran Sends Tanks to Iraq to Fight ISIS

On August 25, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: War is Boring [...] On Aug. 21, Kurdish social media activists published pictures that appear to depict elements of the Iranian 81st Armored Division entering southern Kurdistan via Khaneghein, north of Jalawla....

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Inhuman intelligence is important for US in fast-moving war

On August 21, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Irish Examiner It’s about collecting as much intelligence as possible and piecing it together. Two schools of intelligence have often vied for primacy — signals intelligence from electronic eavesdropping and aerial surveillance...

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The Rise of Private Military Companies (Part 2/2)

On August 20, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Fair Observer The changing climate of warfare, growing instability and increased globalization have created a market for PMC services. [Read part one here.] The role of private military companies (PMC) ranges from security to training...

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Ukraine Foreign Minister Calls on NATO, EU to Give Military Support

On August 16, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Reuters Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called on NATO and the European Union to provide military support for Ukrainian troops fighting pro-Russian separatists and said the Western military alliance needed to come...

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Serb against Serb in Ukraine

On August 16, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: InSerbia “Serb against Serb” is a consequence of the participation of our citizens in coflicts around the world, where they leave for ideals and adventure, but a lot more often for money,...

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Serbian mercenaries fighting in eastern Ukraine

On August 14, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: DW An unruly beard, army fatigues and an automatic weapon are part of Bratislav Zivkovic’s image. The 39-year-old is the leader of the Serb Chetnik militia in eastern Ukraine. He was in...

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Oil a key motive for U.S. air strikes in Iraq

On August 12, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: SF Gate This week’s U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq are being accompanied with an undertow of “it’s all about oil” talk. Take for example, Columbia School of Journalism Dean Steve Coll’s observation...

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130 Marines and special operations forces sent to Irbil in Kurdish-controlled territory

On August 12, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Military Times The military has sent 130 advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamic militants, according to a senior Defense Department official. The Marines...

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C.I.A. supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds to pushback militants

On August 11, 2014 by stratagem
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Editor’s Note:   CIA operators on the ground in the region gathering intelligence and delivering weapons to ISIS fighting in Syria. This is either straight forward blowback or a pre-planned destabilization of the entire region to start...

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French military effort against ISIS ‘should focus on Lebanon’

On August 11, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: France 24 France would be better placed supporting efforts against Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS or ISIL) militants in Lebanon rather than on the Kurdish front, specialists told FRANCE...

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Iraq president snubs al-Maliki, names deputy speaker new PM

On August 11, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Press Herald Iraq’s new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in...

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Former U.S. Marine in Afghanistan feared commander collaborated with Taliban

On August 10, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: ny daily news Michael Golembesky, after making the long, strange trip from hippie pacifist to “9/11 Marine,” went to war in Afghanistan. He returned unsure whether his superiors ever really wanted to win....

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US continues airstrikes on northern Iraq

On August 8, 2014 by stratagem
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Editor’s Note: Airstrikes alone will not neutralize the advance of ISIS.  There needs to be a military airstrike coordination with CIA Special Activities Divisions, Special Forces Units and the locals  on the ground to cut off...

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