RUSI – Bloody days ahead as the Assad regime is decapitated

Assad tanks was here !!

Assad tanks was here !! (Photo credit: FreedomHouse)

A bomb attack killing close Assad officials now begs the question of when, not whether the Assad regime will fall from power. For now, the counterattacks by the regime indicates a worrying outlook for a post-Assad Syria.

By David Roberts and Michael Stephens

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Syria’s Chemical Weapons: A Perfect Storm?

It looks like a perfect storm. Syria is believed to harbor one of the largest chemical weapons stockpiles in the world—which, for the time being, appears to be protected by well-trained Syrian troops. As the violence rages in the country, however, Washington and its allies are eager for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave power.


By Sara Sorcher

National Journal


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Chinese Experts Believe N. Korea Developing Nukes For EMP Attacks: Report (GSN – Washington Times)

Coat of Arms of North Korea

Coat of Arms of North Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The June report in a Chinese Communist Party-controlled publication said the recent disruption of some South Korean airplanes’ GPS capabilities had been linked to the North Korean military. Writing for the Hong Kong-based Bauhinia monthly journal, military analyst Li Daguang said North Korea’s developing capacities could undermine the South Korean military’s weapons and data and other resources.

“North Korea has always planned to develop small-scale nuclear warheads. On this foundation, they could develop electromagnetic pulse bombs in order to paralyze the weapons systems of the South Korean military — most of which involve electronic equipment — when necessary,” the report asserted.


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Nuclear and Missile Systems We Can’t Afford, Don’t Need (ACA)

U.S. and USSR/Russian nuclear weapons stockpil...

U.S. and USSR/Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles, 1945–2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been more than two decades since the end of the Cold War, yet the United States maintains–and is poised to rebuild–a costly strategic nuclear triad that is sized to launch far more nuclear weapons than necessary to deter nuclear attack against the U.S. or its allies.

Today, the United States deploys some 1,737 strategic nuclear warheads, while Russia deploys some 1,492 strategic nuclear warheads. Each side has thousands more warheads in reserve.





U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: Five Lessons We Should Have Learned (ASP)


afghanistan (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

Much discussion of the war focuses on narrow issues like military doctrine or troop surges, but there are more fundamental lessons that need to be learned from the last ten years of war. US policy has been hobbled by magical thinking, misunderstanding the country of Afghanistan, ignoring politics, poor planning, and a disturbing refusal to plan for the future.

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Estrategia de EE.UU. en Afganistán: Cinco lecciones que deberíamos haber aprendido (American Security Project)

Buena parte del debate de la guerra se centra en temas específicos como la doctrina militar de tropas o escaladas de tensión, pero hay más lecciones fundamentales que deben ser aprendidas de los últimos diez años de guerra. La política de EE.UU. ha sido obstaculizada por el pensamiento mágico, la incomprensión de Afganistán, haciendo caso omiso de la política, la mala planificación, y la negativa preocupante para planificar para el futuro.

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Exclusive Pics: Inside Yemen’s Shadow War (WIRED)

Map of Yemen showing Abyan governorate.For more than a year, Abyan province has been the epicenter of an intensifying covert war against Ansar al-Shari’a, a new al-Qaida incarnate spreading along the remote shores of the Gulf of Aden in southern Yemen. Hellfire missiles fired from Predator and Reaper drones have killed hundreds of Ansar soldiers since last June when the CIA began flying its fleet of drones from a secret base somewhere on the Arabian Peninsula.

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