Though there has been a sustained US-led bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria for weeks, the militant group is still progressing towards Baghdad. ISIS has steadily expanded its power in Sunni-dominated Anbar province where it is now estimated to control 80% of the territory and has overrun forces loyal to Baghdad consistently.
|By: CTuttle Saturday October 11, 2014 8:00 pm|
Now, it’s interesting how the actual Kurds on the ground, are portraying it too.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 9, 2014 9:03 am|
The law of unintended consequences strikes again. According to a study by Conflict Armament Research, much of the ammunition that ISIS is using to take over large parts of Iraq and Syria is American in origin. An estimated 19% of the ammo being fired by ISIS has been indirectly supplied by the US military, in many cases to fight ISIS. The US ammunition that was found to be most prevalent were cartridges for American M-4 and M-16 rifles – ammunition given to the Iraqi National Army before US forces formally pulled out.
The US ammunition came to ISIS by making alliances with US allies and capturing the ammo from ISIS’ US-backed enemies. One of the biggest sources, not surprisingly, is from the Iraqi National Military which the US spent hundreds of billions of dollars on to train and equip.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 7, 2014 1:40 pm|
Global turmoil and bloody conflicts are not bad news for everyone. The defense industry has been enjoying a nice run in the stock market from armed conflict breaking out across the world from Gaza to Ukraine to Syria. Much of the upside comes from the use of weapons made by US multinational corporations in conflicts that may or may not involve the US directly. Even just a standoff or threat of armed conflict can spur defense spending by governments and enrich weaponry makers.
|By: CTuttle Monday October 6, 2014 8:00 pm|
Once again Bibi is lying through his teeth, let’s delve into some of his asinine assertions…
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday October 6, 2014 2:40 pm|
As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on.
|By: DSWright Monday October 6, 2014 12:35 pm|
As hard as it is to believe, the politics of the war in Syria has gotten even more dysfunctional. Vice President Joe Biden has now apologized both to the leader of Turkey and United Arab Emirates after correctly stating – publicly – that the two nations bare considerable responsibility for the jihadists operating in Syria. [...]
|By: DSWright Monday October 6, 2014 7:02 am|
Two weeks after the US expanded its military campaign from Iraq into Syria the city of Kobani is set to fall to ISIS fighters. The Syrian Kurds fighting to stop ISIS’ advance have claimed that US airstrikes are not effective as ISIS simply changed tactics without missing a beat.
|By: CTuttle Friday October 3, 2014 7:10 pm|
So after Monday’s blatant bigotry from the UN podium, (where’s Hugo Chávez when ya need him?) the devil Bibi met with Obama in the Oval Office…
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday October 2, 2014 7:50 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.”