A nice tweet: The two ways of doing a map of ISIS control. A: The Big Red Blob. B: The Thin Red Lines. pic.twitter.com/bElTBdzozv — Richard Hall (@_RichardHall) February 20, 2015 Let’s have a closer look at that right-hand map, because it’s a real beauty. There are people. Where the people are, that’s the important…Read More A more sophisticated version of something I made earlier
Here’s a description of ISIS moving into new territory. “They are ready to die, willingly. They are not afraid of anything,” said Capt. Iyad Shamsi, who witnessed the Islamists’ walkover in June in Abu Kamal, Euphrates river town on Syria’s eastern border with Iraq. But it, as the McClatchy reporter says, was a walkover. “They…Read More ISIS strengths and weaknesses in one article
OK, still reviewing this book. Can’t really bring myself to Buzzfeedise it. Anyway, we’re moving onto Afghanistan and to “lessons learned”. Who else stood out? Chris “not that one” Brown writes about the NATO HQ in Afghanistan; I looked that up in the index because I can’t think of a single interesting point from his…Read More Blair’s Generals III: The Blairing
A few weeks ago, I did a partial review of Blair’s Generals, a collection of essays about the wars since 1997 by the generals who commanded British forces in them, organised and edited by Hew Strachan at KCL and heavily censored, as it turned out, by the MoD. Here’s phase two. Nick Parker says the…Read More More of Blair’s generals.
OK, a book. British Generals in Blair’s Wars (Military Strategy and Operational Art), available from the book company. Recommendation from Tom Ricks. I’ve not finished the book yet, but the big stand-out issue here is: Why is nobody responsible? Hardly anyone sees Iraq as anything other than a disaster. Meanwhile, the British armed forces have…Read More It’s nobody’s fault and nobody is sorry.
Quietly, the war in Iraq is getting worse. We’re now at the same levels of violence as prevailed in 2005, on some metrics. On others, it’s only as bad as 2008.Read More Iraq
Via Trombly x Exum, an interesting paper on mobile telephony and the Iraq war is here. I was impressed by the fact the authors know there are multiple antenna sectors per cell-site, and that they bothered to find out roughly what an emerging market GSM operator’s roll-out process is like. In fact, if you wonder,…Read More GSM Warlord, with actual statistics
Shorter John Lloyd: The Iraqi people have proved unworthy of me. And all those soldiers of ours are a bunch of girlymen. You think I’m joking? But we did not anticipate that Iraqi forces who hated the US – including those loyal to Saddam – would dominate after the invasion, that the population would not…Read More you haven’t got any less wrong, you know
A quick post, too long for twitter. @danielblaney @tobyperkinsmp @OwenJones84 I supported overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Rather proud of that. Pity ppl who didn't. — Luke Akehurst (@lukeakehurst) January 20, 2013 The problem with telling me that you got it wrong about Iraq because you’re such a nice guy is that all I hear is…Read More A very short post about Iraq
Ink Spots rips into what sounds like a truly dreadful TV belch, as well as one where the Stiftung’s opinion would be worth having. Ackerman also has a go, specifically at former SACEUR Wesley Clark’s role in it. Which reminded me. Back in 2004, in the circles of my MSc International Relations course, all sorts…Read More Perhaps this could have been predicted