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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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The Korean Tinderbox: The South Gets The Edge

North Korea decides not to back up its previous high-handed talk, and the South comes out of it the better, for once. It might not do much to assuage the loss of troops and civilians last month, but this is quite … Continue reading

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The Korean Tinderbox

This might be as close to a resumption of the Korean War as there has ever been. Over the last few years, between missile tests and the Cheonan sinking, I’ve wondered just how much the South was willing to take … Continue reading

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One Reason Palestine Will Never Be An Independent State…

…is that they are nowhere near to being capable of fighting their own corner, diplomatically speaking. And are in fact, this close to facing the biggest possible obstacle in gaining recognition that any country could face: the active opposition of this … Continue reading

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Patrick Bury, COIN and PTSD

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a guest seminar given by Patrick Bury, a Captain in the Royal Irish Regiment, about his experiences serving in Sangin, southern Afghanistan in 2008. Bury has a book out (hence why he’s … Continue reading

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Rat: The Most Powerful Military Man In The World

No, not Petraeus. Not Admiral Mullen. Not Mattis or Odierno. No, according to this article from the Australian, the man with the most military clout in the world right now is  a man you’ve almost certainly never heard of: Admiral Bob “Rat” … 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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Iraq: Can The House Of Cards Stand?

No electricity. Battered infrastructure. Fractured government. Dispute with neighbours. Internal rebellions. And now the US combat mission is nearly at an end. Can free Iraq stand up with just the 50,000 American troops left behind to lean on? Very interesting … Continue reading

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