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27th June 2008 - The Times Online

Cheer up. We’re winning this War on Terror

"My centre is giving way. My right is in retreat. Situation excellent. I shall attack!” If only our political leaders and opinion-formers displayed even a hint of the defiant resilience that carried Marshal Foch to victory at the Battle of the Marne. But these days timorous defeatism is...

27th June 2008 - Long War Journal

Taliban attack US base in Afghanistan from Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has launched yet another attack on a US outpost in Afghanistan from inside Pakistan. A Taliban rocket team fired at a US outpost in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan early this morning from two sites: one within Afghanistan and another about 400 meters across the border in...

27th June 2008 - Long War Journal

Taliban rampage in Pakistan’s Swat district

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has launched a series of attacks against political opponents and the infrastructure in the scenic northern district of Swat in Pakistan. The attacks occurred as the government and the Taliban are committing to abiding by the terms of last month's peace agreement.

27th June 2008 - Beirut2Bayside

The Coming War

Tony Badran

I highly recommend you read in full the following excellent NOW Lebanon editorial.

26th June 2008 - http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/165028/its-justice-kennedys-world-andrew-c-mccarthy

It’s Justice Kennedy’s World ...

we’re just living in it. Sure, we protect child-rapists and you may even run into the occasional jihadist on the courthouse steps, but — at least for now — we get to own guns to protect ourselves from them.

26th June 2008 - National Review Online

Not an Enemy Combatant Because the Court Says So

I wrote Tuesday about the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals from the DC Circuit which presumes to overrule the commander-in-chief’s determination that a Uighur detainee — who received paramilitary training from an al Qaeda affiliate — is an enemy combatant.

26th June 2008 - Institute for the Study of War

June 25 Bombings in Karbala

On Wednesday, June 25, two bombs exploded in central Karbala, killing at least 2 and wounding 14.1 The explosive devices were located minibuses and were targeting major Shi’ite shrines. Unlike previous attacks, however, these bombings do not appear to have been carried out by al-Qaeda in...

26th June 2008 - National Review Online

Surveillance Overhaul Will Pass In The Senate

The Washington Post reports that the filibuster bluster is fading. The Senate overwhelmingly agreed to debate intelligence reform, which passed in the House last week by close to a 2-1 margin. It’s going to pass.

26th June 2008 - Pajamas Media

Seems Kim Jong Il Didn’ t Get Condi’ s Memo

Claudia Rosett

While the State Department and White House are whooping it up over Pyongyang diplomacy and removing North Korea from the terror list (see post below), Kim Jong Il’s state propaganda agencies are cranking out items such as today’s “Cloud of War Hangs Over Korea.”

26th June 2008 - National Review Online

The People v. The Judges

From Justice Scalia’s majority opinion in the gun case...

26th June 2008 - Long War Journal

Maysan operation continues to target Sadrist leaders

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi security forces have detained five senior Sadrist leaders and a department director in Maysan province during Operation Promise of Peace. The Mahdi Army, the armed wing of the Sadrist movement, has not put up any opposition to the government' s efforts to secure Maysan, a Sadrist...

26th June 2008 - Long War Journal

Released Guantanamo detainee behind March suicide truck bombing at Combat Outpost Inman in Mosul

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in Iraq, through its puppet organization the Islamic State of Iraq, released its latest propaganda video on June 23. The video contains a montage of attacks throughout Iraq, and features two Kuwaiti al Qaeda operatives who conducted strikes in Mosul. One of the operatives was...

26th June 2008 - Long War Journal

US names al Qaeda emir of Mosul killed during raid

Bill Roggio

The US military has identified al Qaeda's leader of Mosul who was killed during a targeted raid in the northern city on June 24.

26th June 2008 - Long War Journal

Mahdi Army decimated during recent fighting

Bill Roggio

The Mahdi Army suffered a significant blow during fighting against Iraqi and Coalition forces this year, according to an Iraq intelligence report. The heavy casualties suffered by the Mahdi Army have forced Muqtada al Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army and the Sadrist political movement, to...

26th June 2008 - Long War Journal

Iraqi and U.S. Troops Seize 7 EFPs, Mortar Systems in New Baghdad Night Raids

NEW BAGHDAD, IRAQ: Iraqi and Coalition forces discovered two large weapons caches in northeastern Baghdad, including seven of the deadly EFPs, or explosively formed penetrators, commonly used against armored vehicles. Elements of the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade combat team and Iraqi...

26th June 2008 - National Review Online

State Department Stonewalling on the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia

Steve Emerson has the details at the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

26th June 2008 - Scripps Howard News Service

Guerra, Leyes y Ideas

Clifford D. May

Resulta que en la guerra del siglo XXI no se trata sólo de matar a los chicos malos. En Irak, el general David Petraeus ha demostrado que para ganar las batallas modernas los soldados tienen que hacer algo más que atacar al enemigo – también tienen que hacer amigos. Son nuestros aliados...

26th June 2008 - Scripps Howard News Service

Warfare, Lawfare & Jawfare

Clifford D. May

It turns out that war in the 21st century is not just about killing bad guys. In Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus has demonstrated that to win modern battles soldiers must do more than attack enemies — they also must make friends. It is our local allies who have been able to distinguish — in a...

26th June 2008 - Pajamas Media

Condi Rice Wants Us to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Kim Jong Il

Claudia Rosett

It needs the talents of Stanley Kubrick to do justice to the complete Cuckoo’s Nest that American policy on North Korea has become.

25th June 2008 - Long War Journal

Northwest Pakistan descends into chaos

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban continue military operations in the tribal agencies and the settled regions of the Northwest Frontier Province despite ongoing negotiations to sign a peace agreement with the government. Forces loyal to Baitullah Mehsud overran a town previously run by pro-government...

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