Tag Archives: US military

Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

The rubble after the raid on Islamic State group leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Amira Jadoon, United States Military Academy West Point, and Andrew Mines, George Washington University An overnight raid conducted by U.S. special forces in Syria has resulted in the death of the leader of the terrorist Islamic State …

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How the world’s militaries hide their huge carbon emissions

Christian Cachola / US DoD flickr Doug Weir, King’s College London; Benjamin Neimark, Lancaster University, and Oliver Belcher, Durham University Climate change leadership requires more than stirring speeches. It means facing up to hard truths. One truth that governments around the world are struggling with is the immense contribution their militaries are making to the climate crisis. For example, the …

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The political role of drone strikes in US grand strategy

Jacqueline L. Hazelton, US Naval War College How do you feel about drone strikes? Chances are you have an opinion – or at least a gut reaction. Years of debate on the issue show that many Americans have reservations. People are concerned that drone strikes devalue non-American lives, dangerously expand executive power, and drive terrorism and anti-Americanism. Yet do we …

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Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years

Heading for the exit. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Neta C. Crawford, Boston University The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. On Aug. 30, 2021, the U.S. completed a pullout of troops from Afghanistan, providing an uncertain punctuation mark to two decades of conflict. For the past 11 …

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On the brink of disaster: how decades of progress in Afghanistan could be wiped out in short order

Militiamen join Afghan security forces during a gathering in Kabul last month. Together, they are trying to stem the tide of the latest Taliban gains. Rahmat Gul/AP William Maley, Australian National University Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of an almost unimaginable disaster. The withdrawal of US and allied forces, scheduled by President Joe Biden to be completed by September …

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China and the US are racing to develop AI weapons

James Johnson, University of Leicester When Google’s AlphaGo defeated the Chinese grandmaster at a game of Go in 2017, China was confronted with its own “Sputnik moment”: a prompt to up its game on the development of artifical intelligence (AI). Sure enough, Beijing is pursuing launch a national-level AI innovation agenda for “civil-military fusion”. It’s part of China’s ambitious quest …

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US refusal to withdraw troops from Iraq is a breach of international law

Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrate against the US presence in Iraq on January 24. Ahmed Jalil/EPA

Andrew G Jones, Coventry University A US strike which killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in January, and the counter-strike by the Iranian military on US targets in Iraq, raised serious questions about the legitimate use of force. When military force was used against targets within its territory, Iraq’s sovereignty was breached. As a country caught in the middle …

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