Search: Iraq,Security (5 materials)

Is Abu Bakr Al-baghdi’s Death the Beginning of the End for ISIS?

... 30,000 fighters. In mid-2014, an international coalition led by the United States intervened against ISIL in Syria and Iraq with a massive airstrike campaign, in addition to supplying advisors, weapons, training, and supplies to ISIL's enemies in the Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces. This campaign reinvigorated the latter two forces and dealt a huge blow to the nascent Islamist proto-state, killing tens of thousands of ISIL troops and dealing significant damage to their financial and military ...


The Moment of Truth

... were all-shaky hands. The US removal of “non-emergency” personnel from the nearly the biggest US embassy in the world, Iraq, was a bluff of threatening “immediate strike”. And even an incredibly thick and unprofessional bluff. Instead of months ... ... biggest risk is a miscalculation on the part of the US, or some unknown cards played by people like the US National Security Advisor Bolton. But even if Iran takes action in the Strait of Hormuz, the US will be forced to wind it down, ...


The Emerging Trump Doctrine of Strategic Savvy

... He reportedly was concerned that there would not be an Iraqi parliament-approved Status of Forces Agreement. Iraqi PM Maliki subsequently pursued ruinous sectarian measures – orchestrating legal charges against the Sunni Arab Vice President and his security detail, and later targeting the Sunni Arab Finance Minister and a prominent Sunni Arab parliamentarian. He returned to Iraqi military and police units abusive Iraqi leaders whom General Petraeus had insisted be removed before US support would be provided, then had those forces put down peaceful Sunni demonstrations very violently. He stopped honoring agreements to provide ...


Private Military and Security Companies in the International Legal Void

... seem analytically distorting, for example, to think of a Colombian national working for an American PMSC in Afghanistan as anything other than a mercenary. This example is neither fictitious, nor rare. As of July 2013, 83% of the private military and security contractors working for the US Department of Defense in Iraq, and 10% in Afghanistan, are third-country nationals, i.e. neither US citizens, nor local nationals. The fact that a corporate business entity – equally profit-seeking – intermediates between the individual pecuniary motives of its employees ...


The Rise of the Private Military and Security Industry

... number of companies identified themselves as “military companies”, but after the negative publicity attracted by the activities of companies like Executive Outcomes in the Angolan civil war during the early 1990’s and Blackwater in Iraq, the term “security company” became dominant among PMSCs, in an effort to stress the allegedly defensive nature of their missions and present a more benign public image. But a play on semantics did little to address the concerns raised over the operations ...


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