Archive of Aug 2009

31.08.09
“The Ones Who Get Food from the Sky”

by DAVID AXE The U.S. military uses cargo planes to air-drop vital supplies to isolated ground troops fighting in Afghanistan’s rugged mountain ranges. The U.N. World Food Program does the same thing, for isolated refugee communities in Democratic Republic of Congo. Denys Saltanov is stationed in Dungu with a small team of humanitarians. In the [...]

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31.08.09
Kyle’s Links 8/31/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Iraq discovers air force planes … in Serbia * Irish army planned Belfast guerrilla war in ’69 * U.S. denies troops fighting in Philippines * Turkish military: we won’t talk to PKK * Ethiopian, Somali troops clear Islamists from border town

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30.08.09
After 40 Years of Dictatorship, Gabon Votes

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/e17Tn9qqSo4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE Gabon is headed to the polls for the West African country’s first real election since the rise of Omar Bongo as president, some four decades ago. Bongo died in June, as one of the world’s longest-serving heads of state, and now will be replaced. Gabon, a [...]

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29.08.09
Afghan Elections = “Last Fresh Start”

by guest contributor ZACH ROSENBERG During Afghanistan’s national elections two weeks ago, election workers and the electoral commission worked mostly as advertised, the Afghan army and police kept most voters safe despite more than 300 attacks and observers pronounced the elections mostly free and mostly fair. Yet turnout was low: only about 30 percent of [...]

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28.08.09
Lessons from Sri Lanka: Brutality Can Help Win Small Wars

by DAVID AXE Sri Lanka’s victorious offensive against the rebel Tamil Tigers this spring is a model of “hybrid” warfare, where states must contend with high-tech insurgent enemies. Small Wars Journal culled the major lessons of the war from an Indian journal. Defeating hybrid enemies requires: • Unwavering political will • Disregard for international opinion [...]

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28.08.09
Kyle’s Links 8/28/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * China to U.S.: keep spies out of our EEZ * Battle between Burma, rebels breaks 20-year ceasefire * South Africa to fire 1,500-2,000 striking soldiers * India: our nukes work, can survive first strike * Turkey doubling Afghanistan military presence

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27.08.09
All Quiet on the Darfur Front

by DAVID AXE “As of today, I would not say there is a war going on in Darfur,” U.N. peacekeeping general Martin Luther Agwai said this week. “Militarily there is not much. What you have is security issues more now. Banditry … people trying to resolve issues over water and land at a local level. [...]

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26.08.09
World Politics Review: Russian War Documentary Fuels Propaganda Debate

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/1bVXltYSCW8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE In August 2008, Russia and Georgia fought a brief, bloody war over Georgia’s pro-Russian region of South Ossetia. After hundreds of casualties, Georgia withdrew its forces, essentially ceding the breakaway province to Russia. Moscow’s overall aim was to ensure “that Russia’s power is respected both within [...]

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26.08.09
Kyle’s Links 8/26/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Petraeus: more tough fighting ahead * Camp Bastion Afghanistan is 5th busiest U.K.-run airport * Claim: U.S. forces fighting Abu Sayyaf in the Phillipines * Russia deploys S-400 SAMs near Nork border * India grounds aging Sea Harrier fleet after crash

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26.08.09
Kidnapped French Spy Kills Flees Three Somali Captors

by DAVID AXE In July, two French spies posing as journalists were grabbed from their Mogadishu hotel. Now one of them has escaped, after reportedly killing three of his captors. “The agent is safe in the presidential palace and ‘in a good mood,’” the Associated Press reports. There’s no word on the other agent. Kidnapping [...]

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26.08.09
Poles in A’stan Struggle with Inadequate Equipment

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/ekgr4jdlkSo" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE On Aug. 11, a joint Polish-Afghan patrol in Ajuristan was ambushed by a superior number of Taliban fighters, including snipers. Polish Captain Daniel Ambrozinski “took several shots in the snipers’ direction and then leaned out to check if they reached him. Then he was shot in [...]

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25.08.09
Kyle’s Links 8/25/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Is the British Army too small? * Pakistan: Western appetite for heroin funds Taliban * Taliban targets voters after polls * China’s internal police get broader roles, tighter controls * South Korea’s first rocket fails to reach orbit

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