ISIS Has Enough Weapons for Up to Two Years

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 7:44 am

And guess where the weapons came from A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns ISIS possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war in Syria and Iraq for up to two years. And that is assuming they do not capture more weapons, including heavy weapons, from [...]

Shakeup or Shakedown in Iraqi Army?

By: Friday November 14, 2014 8:44 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as Commander-in-Chief of the belittled Iraqi Army, fired 26 military commanders on November 12 for corruption and incompetence. “The military leadership should have competence, and this is an important thing, as it is not possible for someone who is not efficient to do his work properly,” Abadi said in comments [...]

Jihadis Using Cruise Ships to Reach Middle East (Not Satire)

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 7:23 am

Ho ho, this is just hilarious. But serious. You know what cruises are, right? A couple of days at sea, a day or two in some cheesy port, mostly time spent eating madly at buffets, sucking down booze, laying in the sun in between turns at the buffet and the bar, that kind of thing. [...]

U.S. Anti-ISIS Recruitment Videos: Why They Don’t Work

By: Friday November 7, 2014 8:35 am

The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media (actual example, left), the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, [...]

Iraq’s Sunnis Won’t Fight ISIS for U.S.

By: Friday October 31, 2014 7:11 am

Iraq’s Sunnis won’t fight ISIS for the U.S. says NIQASH, a non-profit media organization operating out of Berlin. Without Sunni support, America’s war in Iraq cannot succeed. Here’s why. Negotiations Fail According to NIQASH, a source at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said there have been secret negotiations between various Sunni Muslim armed factions, via [...]

Kobane May Be an Example, Just Not One That the US Intends

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:47 am

Only last week, when Turkey refused to assist Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobane, even as those Kurds were losing ground to ISIS fighters, and the U.S. was directing its airstrikes against far-away targets in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said while the U.S. was deeply concerned about the tragedy in Kobane, [...]

State Department Quashed Investigations into Sex Caper

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 7:25 am

Long-time readers of my blog will remember the name Brett McGurk. Embarrassing emails he sent using a U.S. government computer system in Iraq surfaced in 2012, just as he was heading into confirmation hearings to become America’s ambassador to Baghdad. We now learn that the State Department’s efforts to investigate the incident were quashed, in [...]

Lost Iraqi Billions Found?

By: Monday October 13, 2014 8:38 am

It can be hard to keep track of your money. You charge stuff and misplace the receipts, you forget to record a check written and before you know it, $12-14 billion is unaccounted for in Iraq. Even then, after one authoritative source thinks he’s found some of it, no one bothers to go get it. [...]

Seven Things to Watch in Iraq

By: Monday October 6, 2014 11:21 am

As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on: 1) “Inclusive” Government A cornerstone of solving Iraq, however defined, is the formation of an inclusive government, one that addresses the needs of Sunnis, Shia and Kurds, gives each a sense of substantive participation, creates safety for each and allows [...]

Satire: ISIS First Sgt: Recruits Ain’t What They Used to Be

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 8:50 am

The ISIS First Sergeant spat into the sand. “These new suicide bomber Western recruits just ain’t what they used to be. Shoot, I quit al Qaeda for ISIS just to get away from this amateur crap and here I am stepping in it again for ISIS.” “Once upon a time,” said the grizzled veteran who [...]

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