Tag Archives: Iraq

The War in the West; What Now?

A few months ago, I wrote of the potential challenges of a joint thrust by the Iraqi Military and supporting elements against Mosul, following on successes in January and February in halting the ISIS blitzkrieg on the north-south axis and … Continue reading

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The Challenge of American Military Logistics

“Plan properly, or die” -Julian Thompson, The Lifeblood of War  If there is one military truism which is as universal as it is unsexy, it is the fact that the limits of warfare are defined by the logistics that power it. … Continue reading

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The Militia Conundrum in Iraq

“This was the soldiers‘ show now. Britain belonged to them, and they belonged to God.” -Simon Schama, writing of Pride’s Purge of the English Parliament, 1648 The Institute for the Study of War reported last week that Iranian-backed Shiite Militias, … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Reigns

Recent polling numbers, as reported by CNN, suggest that Americans on the whole are now more open to the use of escalated force against the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, at least judging by the disapproval 57% of … Continue reading

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Fallujah and al Sham

The news that the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) has captured a large portion of the Sunni-dominated city of Fallujah, as well as other major strongholds in Anbar province, has come as extremely unwelcome news to those … Continue reading

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