Iraq Is About To Remove the “I” From “ISIS”

The Global Coalition against Daesh announced Iraq's final offensive today: The Coalition welcomes the commencement of the Iraqi Security Forces' offensive to liberate Al Qaim district from Daesh Oct. 26. Al Qaim is Daesh’s final stronghold in Iraq and approximately 1,500 Daesh fighters are estimated to remain in the immediate vicinity. Al-Qa'im is a dusty … Continue reading Iraq Is About To Remove the “I” From “ISIS”

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Raqqa Has All But Fallen. Here’s Where ISIS Is Going Next

From Reuters: The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared … Continue reading Raqqa Has All But Fallen. Here’s Where ISIS Is Going Next

The Next ISIS Goal? An Iran-Saudi War

How the mighty have fallen. Like the Axis of World War II, once the Islamic State stopped winning battles, it seems it could only lose them. Just what was the turning point in the battle against IS?  Was it the defeat at Dabiq, the Syrian town central to its ideology as the site of the … Continue reading The Next ISIS Goal? An Iran-Saudi War

Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad, Absolutely Stupid Comments on NATO and the EU

(Note: This article has been edited for clarity) NATO is "obsolete."  The European Union will, and perhaps should, lose more members. Such are the words of the president-elect of the United States, and they are unequivocally terrible. When Trump slams NATO, he is quietly whispering to deadened nightmares Europe thought it had laid to rest. … Continue reading Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad, Absolutely Stupid Comments on NATO and the EU

Why the hell is Yemen shooting at the U.S. Navy?

(Note: This article originally incorrectly stated that Ali Abdullah Saleh was a Sunni; he is in fact a Zaydi.  It also stated that Bahrain and Kuwait's royal families descended from Yemeni tribes; they do not.  The content has now been updated to correct these inaccuracies.)  Of course, it isn't Yemen shooting the Navy at all, but … Continue reading Why the hell is Yemen shooting at the U.S. Navy?

The Bloody End of 2016’s Ramadan

Certainly, the end of this year's Ramadan will go down as one of the century's bloodiest.  First Istanbul; then, Dhaka, rounded off by Baghdad, Qatif, Medina, and Jeddah.  It's not wholly clear just how much the Islamic State controlled or directed these attacks, or merely inspired them, but owing to their scale, scope, and timing, … Continue reading The Bloody End of 2016’s Ramadan

NATO could destroy the Islamic State. So why don’t they?

NATO is the most powerful military alliance in human history: it combines 3 of the world's 7 nuclear-armed powers and tops it off with the conventional power of the world's lone superpower.  It has potentially formidable military powers within it: Germany, Italy, France, and Britain could all well rearm to much success should they so … Continue reading NATO could destroy the Islamic State. So why don’t they?

A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State

And modest, of course, it will be, involving cooperation on a scale not seen since World War II.  But to genuinely destroy the Islamic State and end the regional crisis that fuels it, one must think big. Diplomacy has been tried in the past, but diplomacy tends to fail when equally matched powers are unwilling … Continue reading A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State