Category Archives: Iraq

From Afghanistan to Yemen: How the US is trying to destroy ISIS

Following the overthrow of the regime of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi by a group of ragtag militants and rebels the term “lead from behind” entered the lexicon for a brief time. Here for a short moment, it seemed to … Continue reading

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Women Are Giving ISIS Hell on Multiple Fronts

by Darien Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh is a contributor for War is Boring and Reverb Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for Auntie Bellum. When all-female units of Kurdish fighters helped retake the Syrian city of Kobanî from the Islamic … Continue reading

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Just how flexible are the America and Russia’s Middle East expeditions?

During Russia’s much publicized drawdown from Syria in mid-March (see Video below) Maria Dubovikova argued in Al Arabiya that Russia was “withdrawing [from Syria] in order to stay”. The apparent contradiction in that witty formulation echoes what a US officer … Continue reading

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52. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – Teil 2: Der chaotische Nahe Osten

Zwischen dem 12. und dem 14. Februar 2016 fand die 52. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz statt. Es ist eine der wichtigsten sicherheitspolitischen Konferenzen während des Jahres. Sie wurde in einer umfassenden Studie der University of Pennsylvania erneut als beste “Think Tank Conference” … Continue reading

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Double Top 5: Die erfolgreichsten Artikel auf Offiziere.ch in 2015

Rund 25’000 Besucher informieren sich inzwischen monatlich auf Offiziere.ch über Sicherheitspolitik im Spezifischen und Internationale Beziehungen im Allgemeinen. Nicht ganz 2/3 der Leserschaft wurden im deutschsprachigem Raum erreicht, mehr als ein Drittel erreichte die Webseite aus dem Rest der Welt (Tendenz … Continue reading

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The use of Barrel Bombs

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College and a reporter for War Is Boring. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. The barrel bomb … Continue reading

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A Shift in Iraq’s International Allies

by Austin Michael Bodetti and Emily Ruth Murphy. Austin is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College and a reporter for War Is Boring. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and … Continue reading

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The Hashd: a danger for the Iraqi state or an opportunity for a future interreligious, multiethnic National Guard?

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College and a reporter for War Is Boring. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. Many analysts have … Continue reading

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Deutschlands Beitrag im Kampf gegen den Islamischen Staat – ein Kommentar

von Seka Smith. Seka Smith ist Politikwissenschaftlerin, lebt in Berlin und arbeitet im Politikbereich. Für Offiziere.ch schreibt sie unter Pseudonym. Es brauchte wohl leider die fürchterlichen Anschläge in Paris vom 13. November 2015, damit sich Angela Merkel (CDU) endlich für … Continue reading

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Will Iraq’s new F-16’s police the ‘One Iraq’ policy?

by Paul Iddon. The Iraqi government is really insistent that if any armed groups in the country want guns — the Kurds, mainly — they must go through Baghdad first. Now Iraq is getting the means to enforce that policy through … Continue reading

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