thousands have joined the battles in Syria from Europe, North Africa and some Asian countries
they have arrived to fight Assad and have found themselves the last month fighting against other rebel groups or suppressing local 'liberated) populations who didn't want to change the Assad dictatorship by an Islamic one
this looks like the war in Span where Anarchists and communists and other fractions where sometimes more killing each other than Franco who was supported by the nazi's (while the west looked on and didn't send much military support to the democratic forces - leaving them to be manipulated by Moscow who was more interested with killing anarchists than beating the Nazi's)
and now what ?
hundreds to thousands are trying to escape to Turkey and come home but if what should we do with them ?
should we all send them to prison or some re-education camp ? Telling what ? That the west had very good reasons not to intervene and let Assad slaughter people as he pleases and that arming the populations and democratic resistance fighters would only have increased the slaughter ?
you can't be sure that there are sleepers among them but does make this them all hardened terrorists that will never change ? If we say that, than we are saying that people never change and that if they were a danger, they will be a danger for ever and than we shouldn't liberate any rapists or murderers even because if a 'soldier' can't change than they can't either. If we are saying this than we are saying in fact that soldiers who fought in a war will never become normal and will always stay violent beings and should just keep on fighting somewhere and not being allowed back home
because this is what we are saying now
taking such a general view and treating them all in the same way in fact closes more doors to 'repatriation' and 'rehabilitation' than to end the war. Because if you are there in Syria and you want to come back to Britain for example because you don't believe that the ISIS or who-ever is the solution to the situation and that you have made the biggest mistake of you Young life, would you go back if you are facing years of prison ? You would just fight on or go to another fight that you find more worthy of your life.
you can read any anti-guerilla manual and you will always find the same thing coming back time after time, the most effective underminers of a movement are people who were part of that movement before and have become disillusioned and that creating dissent in the movement is the start of its downfall - every time
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a good overview of the military operations from the air (that will hardly make a difference anyway without ground operations) in Syria for september
just a reminder for copycats, this makes it immediately by association linked to terrorism and at best you will be fined for all the enormous costs your joke has inflected (thousands or millions of dollars) and at it worst will land you in jail for some time (and on the terrorist Watch list for the rest of your life)
and the comment by the target on twitter not knowing that he was the cargo (target)
"In recent days, the Cardiff-born militant has bragged about the number of Yazidi captives, tweeting: "We have hundreds of Yazidi slave women now in Syria, how about that for news!" Responding to a tide of online criticism about his slave comments, Muthana wrote: "When I spoke about slave everyone jumped on me muslims and non muslims alike … so I stayed quiet and will stay quiet but everyone will soon find out when I get my own concubines lool, slave markets are on full blast."
The Muthana brothers, who grew up in Cardiff after their father moved there from Yemen as a teenager, are among an estimated 500 young men from Britain who have flown to Syria to join the rebels.
One of Muthana's associates, using the name Abu Dhar Alhumajir, wrote in another message: "The price of one slave girl is about $1,500-2,000. I think female captives/slaves would entice a lot of people."
So now we will set up an international operation to free those women - and kill some hundreds or thousands of ISIS fighters as well (well we didn't find them in Africa but the terrorists took some beatings and lost all credibility)
The Russians want us now to help Assad fight against ISIS because ISIS is worse than Assad but that is such a strange thought because if Assad would have stepped down before instead of murdering his people by the thousands and sending nearly a million as refugees than the extremists of ISIS would never have gotten the upperhand thanks to the finances of the conservative islamic states (which by the way are now also bombarding islamic militias in Libya because they have gone out of control)
naturally if the west would have installed the nofly zone and would have bombarded some concentrations of tanks and given some weapons to the moderate opposition when it still existed than everything could have been different
now we first have to deal with this group of murderers and slavetraders and whatever you want to name them without giving any support to Assad
secondly I think this is illegal in France and are you as afraid of them coming back of of the warriors from Syria
"Islamic State recruited at least 6,300 men in July, Rami Abdelrahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters - a big expansion from early estimates suggesting the group numbered around 15,000. Around a thousand of the new fighters were foreign, and the rest Syrian, he said.
The surge followed Islamic State's rapid advance in northern Iraq in June, where its capture of the city of Mosul furnished it with new weaponry and resources, some of which were diverted to Syria. The group, now the target of U.S. air strikes in Iraq, has declared an Islamic caliphate in areas under its control.
so a thousand foreigners arrived in Syria or Iraq to join ISIS and nobody saw it ?
a thousand foreigners that is not nothing .....
so what is the use of killing a few hundred now and a few hundred than if they have several thousand new fighters each month ? And in fact will have more in the coming month because of the increased media interests ?
so shouldn't you do more to stop the influx of foreigners into Syria ? Isn't Turkey a NATO ally and as such shouldn't it close its borders to foreigners wanting to cross into Syria ? I don't know but if nowadays europeans want to travel to Iraq or Turkey shouldn't there be more interests in why and how and when ? Isn't that more effective than a no-fly lists costing millions of dollars to maintain ?
"The existence of a single operational command in Chad (1 300 troops) for the whole Sahel is a new element. Operation Barkhane has a base in Mali (1 000 troops), an intelligence centre in Niger (300 soldiers) and a special forces centre in Burkina Faso. While Côte d’Ivoire (with its 550 troops) will serve as an operational base to support the deployment, the bases in Senegal (350 troops) and Gabon (450 troops) remain regional cooperation centres. Some 3 000 soldiers will be mobilised in a wider area of action to support the G5 members (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad)
well it can become a model for Regional Antiterrorist Deployments where several military bases with specific tasks are installed (and paid for by several countries like the US which has donated 10 million)
the operation also shows that you need a strong intelligence unit on the ground, that special forces should be exactly that while the normal military forces should mingle with the population and show their presence
in total we are talking about 7.000 soldiers over an enormous 'theatre of possible operations'
needless to say that this is only made possible by technology and intelligence on the ground
just a reminder, you can't squash an organisation like ISIS with that, but you can crush an organisation that hasn't already got that Manpower and military infrastructure like ISIS yet
"One of the problems in assessing the Islamic State involves sorting out exactly who is behind it, financially speaking. Clearly, however, a good portion of the funding for the ISIS—and similar terror groups, such as the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra—comes from Sunni elites located in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the Gulf states, countries that are ostensibly US allies. Under-the-radar funding tactics and lax regulations in the region allow fundraisers to set up small religious charities and ask for money in mosques and other public places, in what The Washington Post describes as “terrorist fundraising.”
This private funding for terror groups puts the United States in a difficult situation, to say the least. The Gulf states are US allies, and suppliers of oil; like the US, they want a new government in Syria. But the US does not want extreme Sunni terrorists to take over that country or continue expanding into Iraq; however, the Kuwaiti, Saudi, and emirati patrons of the Islamic State do not seem particularly worried about such outcomes.
And outside funding for the Islamic State is anything but small potatoes. Hundreds of millions of dollars has flowed into the group's coffers from Kuwaitis, as well as from citizens of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states solicited from Kuwait.
so cut the funding - this is always the most important thing to do
with all they get
they could say like Churchill, we will search for him on the ground, we will search for him in Britain, we will look for him from the air and we will look for him on the air and the internet, we will never surrender untill he is found
it is coordinated by this longtime online warrior
“3D printing of warheads will allow us to have better design control and utilize geometries and patterns that previously could not be produced or manufactured,” James Zunino, a researcher at the Armament Research, Engineering and Design Center (ARDEC) in Picatinny, New Jersey, told Motherboard in an email.
The ability to print parts previously unimaginable using traditional manufacturing methods could radically open up the possibilities when it comes to what a warhead can do. For example, warheads using 3D-printed components could be designed to be more compact in order to pack in additional payloads, sensors, and safety mechanisms. Planning for printed parts in the design process will also allow the army to precisely engineer the blast radiuses of warheads for maximum effect.
“Warheads could be designed to meet specific mission requirements whether it is to improve safety to meet an Insensitive Munitions requirement, or it could have tailorable effects, better control, and be scalable to achieve desired lethality,” Zunino wrote.
maybe this is an idea for our ever disappearing army - we could print our new ships, our new planes and maybe later even our new soldiers :)
so it all exists - in print
and this is just the beginning
because as in Syria they sell that oil and there are people buying it from them
"How hard is it to hack a black box? According to technical experts familiar with their design who spoke to Defense One, the answer is not very. Modern-day flight data recorders use solid state drives, SSDs, to store information. Unlike the hard drive in most PCs, SSDs consist of a bunch of memory flash drives stacked on top of one another. They store memory with no moving parts so they are considered far more rugged than conventional hard drives. This is why engineers began using them on planes.
Ironically, SSDs may actually be more hackable than the conventional hard drives they replaced. When you overwrite a file on an SSD, you don’t leave the same clear record that you do when you delete a file on your computer. In fact, some members of the computer forensics community have sounded the alarm about the growing popularity of SSDs and the trouble they could cause in terms of evidence discovery and retention in the future. Graeme Bell and Richard Boddington of the University of Murdoch in Australia even went so far as to opine that “it seems possible that the golden age for forensic recovery and analysis of deleted data and deleted metadata may now be ending” because of SSDs.
they were several hours in the hands of the russians
luckily this isn't the only source of evidence
if you add them up, than this makes an important sum
"Some jihadists or pro-jihadist Salafists have issued video clips and tweets explaining their lack of assistance to the Palestinians. One tweet stated, “The Hamas government is apostate, and what it is doing does not constitute jihad, but rather a defense of democracy [which Salafists oppose].” Another tweet said, “Khaled Meshaal: Hamas fights for the sake of freedom and independence. The Islamic State: it fights so that all religion can be for God.” Meshaal is head of Hamas' political bureau.
On July 22, the Egyptian Salafist sheikh Talaat Zahran declared that it is inappropriate to aid the people of Gaza because they do not follow a legitimate leadership, and because they are equivalent to Shiites since they follow them, referring to Hezbollah and Iran, with which the Sunni Hamas movement has been allied. Thus the jihadists' position is not simply a political stance, but stems from Salafist theological principles.
Salafists believe that jihad must be performed under legitimate leadership. This argument is advanced through the “banner and commander” concept, which holds that whoever undertakes jihad must follow a commander who fulfills the criteria of religious and political leadership and has raised the banner of jihad. Given that there is neither a legitimate leader nor a Salafist-approved declaration of jihad in Palestine, fighting there is forbidden.
So Hamas is the least of evil but for the moment more evil than Hezbollah with which there is an armed truce more or less
Hamas didn't understand and doesn't untill now that this is the only basis on which military power works, you just stop attacking each other because each has more to lose than to gain and after this the diplomats can start working (over the years)
Hamas doesn't understand that it has no business covering for the jihadist fighter groups in Gaza who are firing some of the rockets because of the solidarity of the fight against their common enemy. The only enemy for Jihadists are all those who are not jihadists or Salafists, even if they fight and die together in the beginning
"A new study funded by DARPA, the scientific research arm of the military, has figured out how human red blood cells can be modified to produce and deliver protein antidotes and other antibody-based medicines throughout the body. With blood transfusions, these cells could theoretically neutralize biological toxins for soldiers on the battlefield.
"We wanted to create high-value red cells that do more than simply carry oxygen. Here we've laid out the technology to make mouse and human red blood cells in culture that can express what we want and potentially be used for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes," Harvey Lodish of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts told the Independent.
well you can't say that you didn't know
""This course really helps us get our workforce certified and trained in concert with their active component brethren," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Ramon Cuevas, N7 senior enlisted advisor for Commander Information Dominance Corps Reserve Command.
Highly-qualified instructors, composed entirely of drilling Reservists working on Annual Training orders, spent each class day directing students through the challenging course, highlighting such topics as operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, as well as discussing strategies and tactics to those who are charged with standing on the front lines of the constantly evolving cyber battlefield. At the end of the course, Reservists needed to pass a rigorous, comprehensive exam in order to achieve certification. All 11 students passed the test.
Focusing on the "bottom line," Director of Training (N7), Shawn L. Smith, explained the necessity to always take "the approach that best serves the mission" first. Stressing fiscal re-sponsibility and the welfare of every Sailor, Smith recognized early that Reserve Component (RC) service members, already providing certification training to AC units, could be optimally utilized by serving as instructors to RC commands as well, reducing costs for the DOD across the board. By exercising this cost-effective tactic, Smith believes the Navy is getting "the most bang for our training buck."
As outlined in his Navigation Plan for 2013-2017, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert expressly stated the Navy's intention to "fully exploit cyberspace and the electro-magnetic spectrum as war fighting domains." This mission directly calls upon highly trained, operationally ready ITs to "defend our computer networks, sustain information assurance, devel-op network operations technology, as well as educate the next generation of cyber operators."
By implementing this new, stream-lined training model, SRP aims to coordinate its training mis-sion with the objectives set forth by the CNO, concentrating on delivering top-quality instruction to future cyber war-fighters, equipped with the skillset to maintain sustainable deterrence throughout the cyber world.
Figuring out better ways to utilize ITs throughout the RC and developing a more capable ready response force is at the center of what Capt. Andrew Caldera, deputy commander, Information Dominance Corps Reserve Command sees his office supporting "The Reserves' role, first and foremost, is to be a strategic capability, ready to deploy forward, whenever needed," said Caldera.
reservists I read
giving training and courses to Professional soldiers
helping soldiers to protect their lives by having secure networks during military operations