Saturday, June 28, 2014

Iraqi Military Receives Much Needed Airpower...From Russia

Within the last six hours or so, news that broken (backed up by video evidence) that the Iraqi military has received much needed military equipment for their ongoing fighting with the terrorist group/army ISIS.

This military tech is in the form of the first combat jet aircraft to be delivered to Iraq since Saddam was in power..But now in the form you might have expected.

Instead of coming from the US, these combat jets appear to have come via Russia (whether from Russian or Belarusian stocks in unknown). See the video below for the delivery of said aircraft:

Su-25s Arrive in Iraq

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 21 Iraq SITREP via Institute for the Study of War

Courtesy the good folks at the Institute for the Study of War...

Foreign Policy Mag- Being a Neocon Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Thanks to Stephen Walt at Foreign Policy magazine for a great piece on the continued influence of the Neocons, aka Lord Cheney and his faithful and idiotic minions (no, not the cute minions from Despicable Me, these minions aren't that smart..).

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Good Links for Keeping an Eye on Events in Iraq

For those of us trying to make some sense of what is going on in Iraq, the "news" hasn't exactly been the most reliable source of information.

Thus I've been searching the net for good sites with knowledgeable reports on the events in Iraq between Iraqi military/security forces and the ISIS/ISIL.

Here is the list of sites I have found so far:

Institute for the Study of War

The Long War Journal

Blogs of War

I've also decided to add these sites to my blog list on the site so my readers can be better informed!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sunni Islamists Take Iraq's 2nd Largest City..Beginning of a Much Wider Conflict?

The much feared spill-over of Syria's civil war has now been truly realized..the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria have now captured Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

While this is hardly the first time the ISIS has launched raids and military attacks into Iraq (making their first impressions with attack and partial occupation of Fallujah), the capture of such a major population center is just ONE of many disturbing elements to this news.

Per the reporting/analysis at the War is Boring site, the attack in Mosul began and gained its initial success due to apparently unpreparedness of the Iraqi government forces (several American-built M1A1s were sitting with their hatches open, allowing ISIS forces to simply throw grenades inside!), picked up the momentum in the battle.

But what appears to have at least aided in the ISIS's victory was the support of local population.