Tag: Military

Kurdish forces enter town near Mosul as Iraqi troops find mass grave

Iraqi Kurdish fighters have exchanged heavy fire with militants as they entered a town held by Islamic State east of Mosul, while troops advancing south of the city discovered a mass grave containing an estimated 100 or so decapitated bodies. The offensive to reclaim the town of Bashiqa is part of the broader push to […]

Iranian Military Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the direction of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to recent Farsi-language comments from an Iranian military leader. The IRGC “will be in the U.S. and Europe very soon,” according to the Iranian military […]

Committee finds IDF was unprepared during Protective Edge

A military committee headed by Maj. Gen. Yossi Bachar charged with reviewing Operation Protective Edge has published some of its conclusions. Among other points, it has found that the IDF was not adequately prepared based on the amount of Hamas casualties relative to the amount of firepower used against them.   The Bachar Committee examined […]

Retaking Mosul From ISIS May Pale to What Comes Next

ERBIL, Iraq — The Iraqi military’s operation to retake the northern city of Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State occupation could require months, even with American help. But the recapture may turn out to be the easy part.   If history is a guide, vast parts of Mosul, once Iraq’s No. 2 […]

Look beyond military to reach peace in war-torn Middle East

On the first full day of the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, the former head of U.S. commando strike operations told a Tampa audience that removing ISIS alone won’t bring peace.   “It is certainly not the cause of” the region’s problems, said Stanley McChrystal, who once […]

Mosul assault – a military Tower of Babel

Sunday night, Oct. 16, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, supported by a bevy of generals, announced that the military operation to recapture Mosul from its two-year occupation by the Islamic State had begun. Three formally approved participants are taking part in the operation, DEBKAfile’s military sources report: 1. American special operations, artillery and engineering units […]

‘Prospects Low’ for Direct US-Russia War, but ‘Clashes Possible in Third States’

Commenting on the recent remarks of the US military that the Pentagon is being forced by Russia and China to “contemplate and prepare for violence on the scale that the US Army has not seen since Korea,” Russian and American military experts believe that a global war is highly unlikely to occur; however, these nations […]

Iran: Any US Attack Against Assad Regime Will be ‘Suicidal’

A senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader warned Sunday that any U.S. military strike against Syria’s Assad regime would be “suicidal.”   “If the Americans take military action in Syria, it will be a suicidal action,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister who serves as foreign affairs advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.   […]

Russia could invade Europe within 48 hours, warns ex-military chief

A former NATO chief has warned Europe could be at the mercy of an imminent attack from Russia with no defence plans to repel an invasion.   General Sir Richard Barrons claimed Russia could deploy warplanes, ships and troops on European soil within 48 hours if it desired, with NATO some months away from an […]

Missiles, tanks on show at Iran military parade

Iran showed off missiles, warplanes, tanks and marching troops on Wednesday in a display of military strength in the face of growing regional tensions.   The Islamic republic used the 36th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war to parade arms including 16 ballistic missiles through Tehran.   A new missile with multiple warheads, […]