ISIS Has Enough Weapons for Up to Two Years

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 1:43 pm

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 the Iraqi Army, their accidental, primary supplier to date.

The UN report has even more bad news to share: the size and breadth of the ISIS arsenal provides the group with durable mobility, range and even a limited defense against low-flying aircraft (ISIS has already shot down Iraqi helicopters).

 

We Are Arming All Sides

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 3:59 pm

Before sending more weapons to so-called “moderate” rebel groups in Syria, let’s just take a moment to consider the pernicious arms cycle we perpetuate.

U.S. Bombing Own Weapons in Iraq

By: Monday August 11, 2014 7:50 am

Obama gave the green light for strikes anywhere in Iraq where U.S. citizens were in danger, so CENTCOM commander Lloyd Austin gave the order to strike on Friday when it was determined that the city of Erbil was in range of the American-lost guns. All of the Americans being protected in Erbil are there because [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert M. Farley, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 1:59 pm

It’s been a rough couple of years for the U.S. Air Force. The flying branch has squandered billions of dollars on gold-plated aircraft and other weapons it doesn’t need. It has mishandled nuclear weapons. Airmen in the nuclear force have been caught cheating on exams. And then there are the numerous sex scandals.

At the same time, the Air Force has struggled to remain relevant during the course of two land-centric wars.

As Destruction Of Chemical Weapons Begins In Syria CIA Escalates Aid To Rebels

By: Monday October 7, 2013 11:44 am

After the Assad government in Syria responded to a (likely unscripted) ultimatum by Secretary of State Kerry by agreeing to destroy their chemical weapons, the CIA is stepping up military aid to the people trying to overthrow Assad. Talk about mixed messages – please give up those dangerous weapons so we can help destroy you. It remains unclear if the US is being wildly incompetent, dishonest, or both.

Terry Jones: Arms Manufacturer

By: Sunday February 22, 2009 11:23 am

Terry Jones, of Monty Python, on why he’s becoming an arms manufacturer. The forecast is good he says. Sales are up. And it doesn’t look like growth will slow any time soon. Think about it…by the time you finish watching this the United States will have spent an additional one million in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pakistan Flew Resupply Missions for Taliban During Fierce Battle With the US

By: Sunday September 21, 2008 9:00 pm

With all the financial brou-ha-ha going on over the last few days, there has been a bit of interesting news from the battlefields in Afghanistan. Apparently, a few Marine officers have noted and reported that Pakistani helicopters are running resupply missions for Taliban fighters inside Afghanistan.How nice, with friends like the Pakistanis, we sure don’t need any enemies in the Muslim world if this is a true allegation.Pakistani military forces

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