islamic insurgency

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Trump’s Pentagon is considering sending US troops to Syria

  • Trump’s Department of Defense is considering sending conventional ground forces to Syria to fight Islamic insurgents including ISIS.
  • The move would dramatically broaden the scope of U.S. military operations there, CNN reported Wednesday.
  • While the United States and a coalition of regional allies are heavily engaged in aerial bombardment of the various Islamic militias that have taken over wide swathes of Syria, and the U.S. has previously deployed special forces and military advisers there, it has never sent regular ground forces like the U.S. Army or Marine Corps in a combat capacity.
  • Such a move could risk committing U.S. troops to brutal counterinsurgency warfare with a high risk of casualties, as well as inflame regional tensions and further Islamic State’s conflict-of-civilizations narrative. Read more (2/15/17 8:18 PM)
Al Qaeda and Iran formed an alliance during the 1990s in which Hezbollah trained al Qaeda operatives. After the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Iran evacuated hundreds of al Qaeda personnel from Afghanistan, allowing the formation of an al Qaeda “management council” on Iranian soil. While some al Qaeda operatives were allowed to act freely, others were placed under house arrest. Even though Iran has assisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in fighting Sunni insurgents during the sectarian Syrian civil war, al Qaeda and Islamic State insurgents are reportedly “under orders not to attack inside Iran in order to preserve their supply network there”. In 2014, there was speculation that Iran might sever its ties with al Qaeda in return for a deal with the West regarding its nuclear program.
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Fifteen hydroelectric plants provide power to the 3 million people of Dagestan, and each of them is a tempting target for terrorists in a Russian republic facing an Islamic insurgency. Their security is paramount, and it starts with dogs. Forty German and Belgian shepherds join guards in safeguarding the plants, sniffing out any sign of trouble.

SEE MORE: The bomb-sniffing dogs that patrol Russia’s power stations.

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Militia

A group of Nigerian traditional hunters and vigilantes gather on vehicles on their way to engage Boko Haram militants in Mubi from Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria 28 November 2014. The hunters have being assisting the Nigerian military in their fight against the Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram. According to residents at least 35 people, including five soldiers, were killed by an explosion near a military checkpoint in Mubi north-eastern Nigeria on 27 November 2014. (EPA/STR)

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Alleged terrorists are posting bizarre Instagram photos rom Iraq and Syria

As the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) takes hold of Iraq to hold mass executions and fuel sectarian violence, it feels as though the world is getting flashbacks of the initial American invasion of the country.

But now, we have social media to offer a fascinating and unexpected look at the conflict on the ground. Several ISIS members and affiliated jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria have taken to Instagram and Twitter to post photos of their daily life. The casual use of filters and hashtags creates a jarring juxtaposition with the disturbing nature of these pictures. As strange as they may be, they offer insight into the life of the mujahideen — as well as their social media followers.

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“Death” Unit

Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen “Death” battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia’s republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their “Death” unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)