Sunday, August 30, 2015

Islamic State

Uzbekistan & Islamic State. The United States has asked Uzbekistan to join the multinational coalition fighting the Islamic State group. Read more in a news report by Radio Free Europe, August 28, 2015.

Airpower and ISIS. A.C. Hall, a member of the special operations community, has penned a paper calling for battlefield innovation from tactical leaders in the employment of airpower against ISIS. Read his paper posted on Small Wars Journal, August 27, 2015.

Paper - U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and ISIS. Thomas F. Lynch, III has wrote a paper entitled "After ISIS: Fully Reappraising U.S. Policy in Afghanistan", The Washington Quarterly, August 3, 2015. The author contends that the residual U.S. military presence in Afghanistan should be scoped to ". . . a size and posture able to address the intractable dilemmas that remain."

Central Asian Groups & Global Jihad. Two different Central Asian jihadist groups are at odds with each other. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) have been allied with al Qaeda in the past but are now ". . . taking different sides in the ongoing struggle between the Islamic State and al Qaeda for the leadership of the global jihad." Read more in "Central Asian groups split over leadership of global jihad", The Long War Journal, August 24, 2015.

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