After 15 Years of ‘Milestones,’ War in the Middle East Still Has No End in Sight
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After 15 Years of ‘Milestones,’ War in the Middle East Still Has No End in Sight

We have it on highest authority: The recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a US drone strike in Pakistan marks “an important milestone.” So the president of the United States has declared, with that claim duly echoed and implicitly endorsed by media commentary—The New York Times reporting, for example, that Mansour’s death leaves the…

Opinion

On the Road to Raqqa

Source: sputniknews.com Pepe Escobar The road to Raqqa, capital of the phony ISIS/ISIL/Daesh “Caliphate”, will continue to be a riddle wrapped inside an enigma at least until the US Presidential elections. Let’s examine why. The loose combo known as Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish YPG alongside its women’s brigade, the YPJ, are trying to advance against Daesh…

Europe

Russia Rises From the Mat

Source: consortiumnews.com May 1, 2016 The U.S. government doesn’t want to admit that its heady “unipolar” days are over with Russia no longer the doormat of the 1990s, but Washington’s arrogance risks war, even nuclear annihilation, explains Gilbert Doctorow. By Gilbert Doctorow In Moscow, the preparations for the May 9th Victory Day parade began in the…

The F-35’s Software Is So Buggy It Might Ground the Whole Fleet
Military

The F-35’s Software Is So Buggy It Might Ground the Whole Fleet

Last summer, F-35 program officer Lt. Gen. Bogdan said the F-35’s logistics system was “the brains and blood of operating this weapons system.” Despite many fixes, the aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is so flawed that government auditors believe the computer system may not be deployable. These problems may also delay the Air Force’s declaration of Initial…

Killer airwaves: Russia starts trial of electromagnetic warfare system
Military

Killer airwaves: Russia starts trial of electromagnetic warfare system

Russia’s electronic warfare equipment producer launched tests of a tactical electromagnetic combat complex fully integrated with latest air-defense systems. It guarantees complete neutralization of all enemy electronics. Factory testing is underway for components of the new system, capable of protecting troops and civilian facilities from air and space attacks, a representative of Russia’s leading producer…