Mosul and America’s Quixotic Search for the “Decisive” Battle

Soldiers from Bravo Company 2-325 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), attached to Task Force Tacoma walk through a market in the Al Sudeek district during a dismounted patrol in Mosul, Iraq on January 9, 2005. Bravo Co. 2-235 PIR is in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Adam Sanders (RELEASED)

by James A. Russell and Donald Abenheim The Super Bowl-like reporting about the assault on Mosul is regrettably but perhaps inevitably cloaked in America’s desperate search for a clear-cut, decisive battle that will allow the country to bask in the glow… Continue Reading  

Islamic State: Apocalypse Postponed?

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by Derek Davison When the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) began publishing an online magazine in 2014, it named the new publication Dabiq, after the north Syrian town by the same name, which ISIS captured later that same year. The… Continue Reading  

Why Victory Over IS Won’t Solve the Real Problem Facing Iraq and Syria

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by Derek Davison A recent spate of high-casualty Islamic State-linked attacks in France, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and (arguably) Orlando, Florida, has raised fears about the group’s ability to carry out international terrorist strikes while also obscuring its failures at… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Military Addiction

An F/A-18 Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet AOR. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex King/Released)

by Tom Engelhardt There are the news stories that genuinely surprise you, and then there are the ones that you could write in your sleep before they happen. Let me concoct an example for you: “Top American and European military… Continue Reading  

Failed States and States of Failure

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by Tom Engelhardt One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways or bite us unexpectedly in the ass. Most of the futures I imagined as a boy… Continue Reading