Saturday, January 04, 2014

Al-Qaeda-linked force captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq -WaPo

Al-Qaeda force captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq - The Washington Post

...“At the moment, there is no presence of the Iraqi state in Fallujah,” said a local journalist who asked not to be named because he fears for his safety. “The police and the army have abandoned the city, al-Qaeda has taken down all the Iraqi flags and burned them, and it has raised its own flag on all the buildings.”...
Whether or how the Iraqi security forces will be able to regain the initiative is unclear. ISIS fighters have steadily asserted their control over the province’s desert regions for months, buoyed by their consolidation of control over territory just across the border in Syria. They are more disciplined and better armed than the tribal fighters drawn into the fray over the past week, and the Iraqi security forces lack the equipment and technology that enabled U.S. troops to suppress the al-Qaeda challenge....
-bth: What a total fucking waste.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

NSA's Access Network Technology (ANT) catalog - Spiegel

Nsa Ant Catalog

Snowden's damage is hard to calculate. One could conclude that any electronic transmission is exposed. Is NSA above the law at this point?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Syrian helicopter is down by Turkish jets

Syrian helicopter is down by Turkish jets: Turkish Deputy PM

ANKARA – Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc stated on Monday that a Syrian helicopter was crashed by Turkish fighter jets at 14:25 along Turkish-Syrian border.

Speaking in a press conference after the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkish capital Ankara, Arinc said a PI 17 helicopter at 14:20 on Monday committed a 2 km border violation into Turkish Hatay province`s Yayaladagi Guvecci region along border with Syria...

Monday, December 30, 2013

30c3: To Protect And Infect, Part 2

Afghanistan War Poll Shows Support Falling To Below Iraq, Vietnam Levels

Afghanistan War Poll Shows Support Falling To Below Iraq, Vietnam Levels

More than 12 years after the United States invaded Afghanistan, support for the war is dipping below levels of support for American intervention in Iraq and Vietnam, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.

CNN found that 17 percent support the effort in Afghanistan, down from 52 percent in December 2008. Eighty-two percent disapprove of the conflict. Americans' assessment of the war is gloomy -- 57 percent said the war is going badly, and about a third think the United States is winning.

United States troops are scheduled to be in Afghanistan for another year -- until Dec. 31, 2014. A recent National Intelligence Estimate predicted that gains made by the United States would be significantly lost by 2017 if the United States and Afghanistan do not make a new security pact allowing troops beyond the deadline. However, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been reluctant to sign such a deal, and U.S. efforts to impose an ultimatum to sign by the end of this year have failed....

-bth: we should have left when we killed OBL.