Saturday, September 12, 2015

Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked - Daily Best

It’s being called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS war—but are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk.
More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.
The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.... http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/09/exclusive-50-spies-say-isis-intelligence-was-cooked.html

-bth: this is an important article worth reading in full.  I think the analysts are taking preemptive action so as not to be thrown under the bus before congress that is now in session.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

ISW Report on Jabhat Al-Nusra in Syria

http://www.understandingwar.org/sites/default/files/JN%20Final.pdf





The above link is to an Institute for the Study of War report "Jabhat Al-Nusra in Syria, An Islamic Emirate for Al-Qaeda" published December 2014.  This is an excellent report well worth a full read.