By William Tucker The U.S. has undertaken a series of airlifts to support French combat troops in the landlocked nation of Mali. Although many European nations have capable militaries, they often rely on the U.S. to do much of the heavy logistical lifting. U.S. capabilities in moving heavy equipment by air into some of the most remote areas on earth is unparalleled.
By William Tucker On Friday, January 11th, French military forces were thrust into the midst of the Malian conflict in response to a recent Islamist offensive that was driving south. The Islamist offensive initially assaulted the central city of Mopti, and the nearby city of Sevare – which hosts the Mopti airport – before becoming bogged down. Rather than fight a protracted battle with the Malian military and risk heavy losses...
By William Tucker The Malian army has stated that Islamists who seized much of northern Mali last year – along with several Tuareg groups – have begun moving south towards Mopti. The city of Mopti sits astride the Niger river and lays in the narrow region that separates the north of Mali from the south. Currently, the Malian army controls the majority of this chokepoint.
By William Tucker Throughout the Syrian civil war there has been a lot of coverage over the status of chemical weapons in the country – and for good reason. Unfortunately, some of the best analysis of the topic has been lost in the haphazard media coverage of Syria and its conflict. Initially, the topic really came to the fore in July when the spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Jihad Makdissi, stated, “No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria."
By William Tucker In the last two days Syrian mortars have been fired into Golan prompting Israel to return fire. Also over the weekend the Syrian military carried out an airstrike on a rebel held village on the Syrian-Turkish border. These events have been used as evidence by international media that the Syrian civil war is spilling over into neighboring countries, and thus, is taking on a regional dimension.
By Kyler Ong It makes one wonder why after five months of impasse we are still convinced that Syria needs a transitional plan to win its civil war. Mere logic would have dictated by now that in order to execute Annan’s peace plan, curbing or ending the bloodshed itself would be fundamental before any headway can be made for talks.