Category Archives: Iraq

The RAND COIN Scorecard And The Irish War Of Independence

The RAND think tank, last year, came up with a “scorecard” method of reviewing counter-insurgency campaigns. The scorecard ranks a COIN campaign in terms of “good” and “bad” practices that take place by the actual COIN force and the insurgents … Continue reading

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Ireland And Iraq: When COIN Works And When It Cant

The Irish Civil War is a conflict that is widely ignored in military circles, outside of the Irish Army, which has always seemed strange to me. The Irish Civil War is that rarest of things: an example of a successful … Continue reading

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Libya: What Is Being Ignored

North Korea. Burma. Palestine. Basque counties and Catalonia. Columbia. Large parts of India. Indonesia. The Philippines. Laos. Kurdistan. Turkey. Uganda. The Congo. Chad. CAR. Sudan. Senegal. Somalia. Ethiopia. Algeria. Mali. Mauritania. Morocco. Nigeria. Iran. Pakistan. Thailand. Cambodia. Russia. Yemen. Ivory Coast. … Continue reading

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The Junior Officer’s Reading Club by Patrick Hennessey

One of the core archetypes you will find in military based fiction is that of the British officer: uptight, a strict disciplinarian, moustached, traditional, posh, asshole (especially to rankers). It’s not a completely underserved stereotype and it is far from inaccurate in … Continue reading

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Major Richard Winters: A Hero, A Benchmark

It is unnecessary for me to recall the amazing service record of one Major Richard “Dick” Winters, 101st Airborne, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Perhaps it is enough to display his commendation record: Distinguished Service Cross Two Bronze Stars Purple Heart Presidential … Continue reading

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Counter-Insurgency In Cosmo And Transformers

This is awesome and everyone should read it. A bunch of military figures envision what a Counter-Insurgency themed issue of Cosmopolitan magazine would look like. And from there, I found this hidden gem from Wings Over Iraq, something I had unforgivably … Continue reading

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A Response To “Four Days Later”

From Abu Muqawama The man who made this speech had lost his son in Afghanistan four days prior. While that is certainly tragic, and his decision to give the oration regardless should be praised, it does not exempt the content of … Continue reading

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