Al Qaeda Pushed to the Brink
The formation of Sunni militia to fight Al Qaeda has weakened the movement and led to the elimination of many of its leaders. At the risk of making it even more deadly. [...]
The US Army is the world’s most powerful conventional force and had extensive military means at its disposal, from M1 Abrams tanks to Apache helicopters and Gray Eagle reconnaissance drones, as well as a million soldiers.
Among the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that have recently made their appearance on all the battlefields in the Middle and Near East, explosively formed penetrator (EFP) weapons are by far the most dangerous - they are shaped explosive charges concealed [...]
To make up for a shortage of linguists, the American military intelligence agencies are devoting huge sums to recruiting translators and interpreters in the private sector, and those contracts represent not only a financial bonanza for the Pentagon's sub-contractors but [...]