This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.

  • The United Nations took over the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, previously led by the African Union. 
  • Amnesty International has uncovered the extensive and horrifying torture practices of Nigerian security forces. 
  • 5 UN peacekeepers were killed by a roadside bomb in Mali.
  • Egypt and Russia signed a preliminary arms deal worth $3.5 billion.
  • Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has been released on bail.
  • Fighter jets from an unknown country carried out four airstrikes against militants near Libya’s capital.
  • ISIS released its third beheading video - this time of British aid worker David Haines, an RAF veteran working for the aid group Nonviolent Peaceforce. Here’s a brief profile of his life and work. The video then threatened the life of another captive Briton, a taxi driver named Alan Henning who was taken captive on his second aid convoy trip to Syria. 
  • Congress authorized arming and training the (non-ISIS) Syrian rebels.
  • President Obama and American military leadership show a split on ISIS strategy.
  • The three beheadings have drawn into debate the zero-concession policies of the US and UK. James Foley’s family have been deeply critical of the US government’s handling of their son’s case and treatment of the families of ISIS kidnapping victims. 
  • A second ISIS propaganda video featured another captive, British photojournalist John Cantlie in a mock newscast setting, wearing a prison-style jumpsuit and saying there will be more “programs” to follow.
  • The AFP will no longer accept work from freelance journalists in Syria.
  • France has ditched reference to the Islamic State or ISIS, instead opting for “Daesh,” as the extremist group is often referred to by Arabic speakers. 
  • Australia claims to have thwarted an ISIS attack on their soil. 
  • Christian Caryl comments on the incredible and underestimated power of collective rage in driving violent acts like those committed by ISIS.
  • "Al Qaeda denies decline, acknowledges ‘mistakes’ by its branches.”
  • A series of Friday car bombings in Baghdad have killed at least 17 people. Baghdad’s Thursday death toll was at least 45.
  • A new booming business in Baghdad defending people charged with terrorism offenses. 
  • Matthieu Aikins embeds with Syria’s first responders. 
  • 43 veteran members of the clandestine Israeli military intelligence Unit 8200 are refusing to participate in reserve duty on moral grounds, based on the country’s treatment of Palestinians.
  • A deal has been reached between Israel and Palestine over reconstruction work in Gaza.
  • Serious fighting is ongoing in Yemen after weeks of continued unrest between Houthi rebels and Sunni militias. The Houthi have pushed into the capital city Sana’a and besieged a university known for Sunni radicalism.
  • Sharif Mobley, an American imprisoned in Yemen who has been missing inside the system for seven months, managed a phone call to his wife in which he alleged torture and said he feared for his life.
  • Politico goes deep inside the US’ first armed drone mission, in October of 2001, and the failed attempt to take out Mullah Omar.
  • Talks have stalled yet again between the sparring Afghan presidential candidates.
  • Palwasha Tokhi is the seventh Afghan journalist to be killed this year.
  • Muhammad Shakil Auj, the dean of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi, was shot dead on his way to a reception at the Iranian Consulate.
  • A South Asian wing of Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and attempting to use it to attack US ships.
  • BBC journalists were attacked and had their equipment smashed while investigating the death of a Russian soldier. 
  • Popular Ukrainian football team Shakhtar Donetsk has been forced to relocate, along with other eastern teams, to Kiev for its matches because of fighting.
  • Ukrainian rebels says that new self-rule laws are not enough.
  • An intense border dispute at the India-China border in the Himalayas occurred while the two nation’s leaders met for a summit.
  • The CIA released a set of newly-declassified articles from its in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence. 
  • The White House has said it sees legal justification for strikes against ISIS in both the 2001 authorization to fight Al Qaeda and the 2002 authorization of the Iraq War.

Photo: Zummar, Iraq. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells toward ISIS-controlled territory. Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters.

[News] Eric's 10 different fatal expressions on 'Finding True Love'


A 10-photo set of ‘detailed expressions’ from Eric on the KBS2 Mon-Tue drama ‘Finding True Love’ has been released.

'Finding True Love' released a '10-photo Kang Taeha expression set' showing Eric's colorful charms. Eric acts in the drama as the confident owner of a construction company named Kang Taeha. Eric has been successfully expressing the sensitive emotions of the character after he coincidentally runs into his ex-girlfriend Han Yeoreum (Jung Yumi).

In the photos, Eric is shown smiling broadly, smiling lovingly, boasting his side profile, being attentive, staring into someone’s eyes, spilling tears, and more. Each expression is detailed and powerful. The photo from the scene in which Eric spilled tears while holding Jung Yumi’s hand at the hospital especially made issues for showing a different side to the always-confident Kang Taeha.

An official from Eric’s agency E&J Entertainment said, “We hope you continue to show interest in and support for Eric, who’s been working hard even during his breaks to look over his script and fit perfectly into his role as Kang Taeha.”

'Finding True Love' airs every Monday and Tuesday at 10 PM.

Source: 10 Asia

I’m going through my old Facebook friendslist and seeing who I never added on my new facebook and seeing how everyone at ECU is doing for shits and giggles

Well everyone at ECU is exactly as I expected honestly and all of the partying and wildness just seemed so normal back then, but I look back now and i’m just like “wow i’m so glad I left” 

But I found an exboyfriend of mine and I was like OH FUCK I REMEMBER YOU. I dated this guy in 10th grade for like a year so I clicked on his profile too cause last time I heard he was applying to grad school, appearntly he got into grad school to some fancy school up north and works for a pharm company now. He looks twice as geeky as I remember and honeslty looks like a freaking prick, cause he kinda is. A lot of what he said was kinda misogynstic and racist. 

And someone I went o ECU just added my new profile so I accepted them AND HOLY SHIT. So we came in at the same time to ECU he was dance, I was theatre. Well he was short and had a baby face and he’s like 6’3” now and has facial hair and looks like he made puberty his bitch and I almost screamed out JACOB WHAT THE HELL. 

This is like going through a year book honestly. 

Is this what your 10 year high school reuinon feels like?

Cause everyone has changed so much, yet they’re exactly the same at the same time. So familiar, yet so different. 

Its crazy 

At one point we were in the front seat and he was CENSORED me and his profile looked just like avw and i pretended it was him it was like all of my pent up 15 year old sexual frustration finally was released

that screenshot came from the comments on a photo of a shoe that the bass player of Spin Doctors posted on his facebook profile.


People were really happy to see Ted happy after all this time. He’s probably suffered the most of all the characters on the show. He’s been punched around literally and figuratively, and I think there was some relief seeing him happy and with a person who loves his jokes and got his weird things because she has her own weird things. It’s just the happiness of someone you care about. I think that speaks to something really nice. That people care about him, they care about the show and want him to be okay.
- Josh Radnor