Drones, special forces and mercenaries: Remote-control warfare briefing #05

Author: Scott Hickie, Chris Abbott and Raphaël Zaffran Source: Intelligence unit Published: 27 August 2014 Filed: 27 August 2014 Remote-control warfare is an emerging strategy that allows for conflict to be actioned at a distance. It incorporates technologies and light-footprint deployments that enable policymakers and military planners to approve actions that would unlikely be considered…

Analysis: Blowback from the Syrian jihad has begun

  By Lisa LundquistJune 4, 2014   As the Obama administration seeks to invest more heavily in training and arming ‘vetted, moderate’ rebels in Syria’s three-year civil war, a conflict that has already claimed over 150,000 lives and drawn the largest-ever concentration of foreign jihadists, the wisdom of this course becomes increasingly questionable. The US’…

Al Qaeda Isn’t ‘On Its Heels’

By Reza Jan May 27, 2014 President Barack Obama speaks to US troops deployed in Afghanistan during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base in Kabul, May 25, 2014. (Reuters) President Barack Obama told U.S. troops in Afghanistan on May 25, 2014 that the U.S. has “decimated the al Qaeda leadership in the tribal regions”…