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Global Islamism Monitor - No. 37
Bulletins - April 20, 2017
 

Meet the new Hamas, same as the old Hamas;
The Islamic State's "scorched earth" strategy;
ISIS flounders in Africa...;
...but advances in the Caribbean;
Islamic extremism on the ascent in Central Asia

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 15
Bulletins - March 29, 2017
 

Washington, Tokyo plot future of missile defense;
DARPA's new drone catcher;
IBM's Watson works to bolster cybersecurity;
Atmospheric laser shield in the works;
Drone operators to get AI "wingmen";
ISIS drone innovations complicate battle in Iraq

 
Sinjar After ISIS: What The Peshmerga's All-Female Unit Can Do
Articles - February 9, 2017
 

When I first met Captain Khatoon Ali Krdr, at a peshmerga military base near Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, last June, her all-female Yazidi peshmerga unit, the Hezi Roj, or "Sun Force," was weeks away from graduating from its first basic infantry training course, which involved military discipline, physical conditioning, and the handling of weaponry such as selective-fire rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Khatoon had formed the Sun Force, the only all-female, all- Yazidi unit in the Kurdish peshmerga, in response to the horrors that the Islamic State (or ISIS) had inflicted on Sinjar, a majority-Yazidi district of Iraqi Kurdistan. In August 2014, ISIS had slaughtered over 5,000 Yazidi men in the district. And in Snuny, a town at the base of Mount Sinjar, where the Sun Force is currently deployed, ISIS had killed unknown numbers of Yazidi residents, dumping their bodies into mass graves before the peshmerga retook the town in 2015. 

 
The Sun Force: Life on the Frontlines With the Peshmerga's Female Fighters
Articles - June 30, 2016
 

Late last year, Captain Khatoon Ali Krdr, 36, the commander of an all-female Kurdish peshmerga unit, visited a family in the village of Kocho in northern Iraqi Kurdistan to see a woman who'd had nearly everything taken away by the Islamic State (ISIS). Like Khatoon, the woman and her surviving family members are Yezidis, an ethno-religious Kurdish minority group. ISIS has long enslaved, tortured, and killed, Yezidi women. Khatoon tried to speak to the woman, but she could not answer. These days, she is mute and can only stare ahead. 

 
Strategic Primer - Drones
Policy Papers - June 20, 2016
 

Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs, or drones) are playing an increasingly important role in modern warfare, and performing a growing nunmber of surveillance and reconnaissance missions at home and abroad. This Primer describe how the United States, as well as our allies and our enemies, are using drones, discusses challenges posed by RPAs, and offers recommendations for future defense planning. 

 
 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 17
Bulletins - February 22, 2016
 

The Islamic State's growing strategic capabilities;
Has the Islamic State come to Pakistan?;
Targeting ISIS finances...with bombs;
Iraq's Sunnis start to push back

 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 347
Bulletins - September 17, 2015
 

Egyptian military kills tourists in militant territory;
Libyan rival governments reach "consensus";
Iraq tells Turkey to coordinate attacks on PKK;
Al Qaeda leader issues statements on ISIS;
South Sudan denies attacking rebels

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 340
Bulletins - June 22, 2015
 

U.S. ends support to rival Shia groups in Lebanon;
Opposition wants Erdogan out of coalition talks;
Al Qaeda the "lesser evil" in Syria?';
Militias oppose ISIS in Libya;
More troops to Iraq to fight ISIS;

 

 
No Substitute For Seriousness In Iraq
Articles - May 28, 2015
 

A recent weekend brought two very different dispatches from the front lines of the global war on terror. The first was a tale of tactical success; the second a narrative of strategic failure. 

 
The Path to a Stable Iraq
Articles - October 14, 2014
 

With the Islamic State group on the march again and Baghdad under new threats, it is a good time take care of some unfinished business in Iraq.