The Department of Defense has launched an investigation into its airdrop program for Syria after a video surfaced on youtube showing ISIS fighters going through an airdrop package meant for Kurdish forces. The airdrop occurred around the contested city of Kobani and included weapons intended to help Kurdish fighters defend the city from ISIS. Instead, the weapons were captured by ISIS and will likely be used against Kurdish forces.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 22, 2014 9:09 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 21, 2014 6:23 pm|
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 part by some of the same people involved in State’s handling of the post-Benghazi fallout.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 21, 2014 7:00 am|
US military and humanitarian aid going to ISIS via direct aid and bribes through “taxes.”
|By: DSWright Monday October 20, 2014 12:21 pm|
In the two months since the US and gulf state allies have begun attacking ISIS in Iraq and Syria the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has had a wave of executions. Like ISIS, the Saudis use the method of beheading for execution. The US has condemned ISIS’ use of the practice but remained silent on whether the Saudis use of beheading as a method is inappropriate or not.
|By: CTuttle Friday October 17, 2014 6:40 pm|
Putin, Erdogan, Saudi Arabia: The Balance Of Power Is Shifting
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday October 13, 2014 10:00 am|
New information from the former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGAR) Stuart Bowen, reported by perhaps the bravest journalist alive today, James Risen, shows that of the multi-billions of U.S. dollars cash literally shipped on pallets to Iraq in 2003, over one billion was traced into Lebanon (the other billions remain unaccounted for.)
|By: DSWright Monday October 13, 2014 6:45 am|
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.