Tag Archives: Terrorism

Sun Tzu and the ISIS Threat

Sun Tzu wrote in Chapter 8 of The Art of War: “Do not depend on the enemy not coming, but depend upon our readiness against him. Do not depend on the enemy not attacking, but depend on our position that … Continue reading

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Boko Haram as a political means

A terrorist group has kidnapped over two hundred schoolgirls and threatened to sell them off as slaves or under-aged wives. It’s sensational. It captures headlines and stirs the emotions of outside observers, prompting calls for Western governments to “do something”. … Continue reading

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Disclosure: on the use of secret information

Sun Tzu, Chapter 13: “”If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man to whom the secret was told.” Clausewitz said that war … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Doing Nothing in Mali?

“All things considered, any outside power trying to counter extremists would be best advised to support Tuareg aspirations.” “With the subsequent formation of AFRICOM as a separate “combatant command” in the US military, the rise of AQIM has been, to … Continue reading

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New Front in Nigeria

“If the Nigerian government isn’t up to the job, expect the United States to take a greater interest in counterterrorism operations there.”   “If Nigeria can’t get control of this brewing sectarian war, however, the United States might opt for … Continue reading

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Drone War in Mali?

The Long War may have just migrated into Mali: “a “mystery airstrike” targeted a convoy of the “Yahya About al Hammam Brigade,” a unit of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operating in northern Mali, and killed seven fighters.” “If … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Obama’s Kill List

“Nothing else in Mr. Obama’s first term has baffled liberal supporters and confounded conservative critics alike as his aggressive counterterrorism record.” “…the administration’s very success at killing terrorism suspects has been shadowed by a suspicion: that Mr. Obama has avoided … Continue reading

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Stratfor: The Not-So-Exceptional Terrorist

“…there has been a shift in the jihadist threat. Once stemming from the al Qaeda core, the jihadist threat now emanates primarily from grassroots jihadists. While grassroots jihadists pose a more diffuse threat…they also pose a less severe threat because … Continue reading

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Drug war in Laredo on both sides of the border

Silvia Longmire, the Drug War Analyst reports:  The first major battle over Nuevo Laredo started around 2003…The ensuing battle between these cartels introduced beheadings and dismemberments…The April 2012 murder and dismemberment of 14 people whose bodies were methodically placed in front … Continue reading

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Touareg Alliance Declares Northern Mali as State of Azawad

Touareg militias formed an interim government in the self-proclaimed state of Azawad:  “the two groups have formed a 40-member committee, with half of members representing Ansar al-Din and the other half representing MNLA, to declare the government” “The agreement removes … Continue reading

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