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Tarok Kalache, COIN And Attitude

Tarok Kalache is a small Afghan village. Last October, it was flattened by United States military forces who believed it to be a “Taliban tactical base”. Since then, the Unites States has spent its time in the area rebuilding the village. That’s … 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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Took Long Enough

It’s taken a criminally long time for the Iraqi parliament to make a government…and to re-elect the same guy as Prime Minister. This extended drama in the Parliament, just trying to form a government that really cannot be described as … Continue reading

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A Domino Gets Picked Up

The collapse isn’t happening just yet, though I fear its more of a temporary delay. Pakistan remains America’s best ally in the region, though that isn’t saying much. Between NATO’s military intervention in Pakistan and the torching of coalition tankers, … Continue reading

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NFBs Decisive Battles Of The World: Ain Jalut

It’s small and largely unknown in the wider circles of historical study. But, boy oh boy, was it important. Name: The Battle of Ain Jalut, sometimes spelled “Ayn Jalut”, Arabic for “Springs of Goliath” The War: The Mamluk-Mongol War in … Continue reading

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The AfPak Dominos

Let’s take a look at the line of dominos that are rapidly tumbling into one another in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. We start with the situation: two countries, newly introduced to democracy with a substantial insurgent movement operating within their borders. … Continue reading

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Afghan Elections and Giving People Democracy

It’s something that I fervently believe, and that this report backs up, that you cannot simply give a population democracy. You cannot send a military force into a dictatorship or other non-democratic state, neutralise its military, remove its leaders and tyrannical … Continue reading

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The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge

Excellent resource for anyone with an interest in the period. Asbridge manages to give us an overview of each of the ‘numbered Crusades’ from the first to last, offering a full and detailed examination of the military, diplomatic and social … Continue reading

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A Handy (Short) Guide To The Crusades

I have been reading up on them a lot as of late (Thomas Asbridge is awesome, review coming soon), and I’ve found that it can get a bit confusing. What counts as a Crusade? Is it who ordered it? Does … Continue reading

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