The Chilcot Report on the Iraq War


by Mina Al-Oraibi “Between 2003 and 2009, the UK’s most consistent strategic objective in relation to Iraq was to reduce the level of its deployed forces.” This statement—one of the key findings in the long-anticipated Chilcot Report published in London… Continue Reading  

Interpreting Terrorist Waves


by Paul R. Pillar A certain litany of comments and even vocabulary seems to be required after terrorist incidents. High-casualty attacks are “horrific,” certain methods of attack are said to be the “hallmark” of certain groups, and so forth. And… Continue Reading  

How Israel Is Turning Anti-Occupation Activists into Dissidents


by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Israel’s parliament is expected to pass the so-called “NGO Law” in the coming days, a piece of legislation meant to stigmatize left-wing and human rights organizations in Israel as agents of foreign powers. The law singles out… Continue Reading  

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics…and AFRICOM


by Nick Turse General David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity — if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight. After graduating from West Point in 1976, he began his long march up the chain of command, serving… Continue Reading  

Israel: Cutting Edge F-35 or Conventional Missiles?


by Shemuel Meir All the right phrases were said regarding the first F-35 aircraft delivered to Israel (designated “Adir” by the IDF) in an almost operatic rollout ceremony (22 June 2016): A new chapter in Israel’s military might and deterrent… Continue Reading