June 20, 2016                            
Dossier: ISIL's Top Gun


Where is ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a.k.a. 'Caliph Ibrahim'?


B A C K G R O U N D E R

Small wars focus has damaged U.S. Army readiness for major conflict

Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. military has been engaged in a series of “small wars,” conducting low level combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This style of warfare has been focused on close combat and small unit operations, often supported by air support.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The military has fought well and bravely. Political decisions involving the use of the U.S. military led to reversal of major gains in Iraq in 2011 when the Obama administration decided not to actively pursue a Status of Forces Agreement, resulting in the withdrawal of U.S. forces there.

That withdrawal fueled the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Iraq, forcing a reversal of U.S. policy and the insertion into Iraq of U.S. Special Forces in mostly training and advisory capacities to support a badly demoralized Iraq military.



Assad's survival, Iran's 'radical axis' called primary threat to Israel
Israel must seek the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad and take a stand against “the radical axis led by Iran that runs through Assad-controlled Syria to Hizbullah in Lebanon,” a former Israeli Air Force general said. That axis “embraces the strategic goal of putting an end to Israel,” and “is the most concrete threat the State of Israel faces today,” Amos Yadlin said in a report for The Institute for National Security Studies.
Technology Wars
Boeing needs green light from U.S. Treasury for Iran airliner deal


Neither Boeing nor the Obama administration would confirm the specifics of the deal.



Boeing plant in Renton, Washington. Iran's deal with Boeing would not have been possible prior to the lifting of international sanctions on Teheran.  Reuters

East Asia Report
Forced to host summit with its neighbors, Beijing loses face yet again
Focus on Terrorism
ISIL expands its footprint in southeast Syria with consolidation
Inside China
Xi gets pushback from elite intellectuals demandng Internet freedom
Inside North Korea
Nuclear Kim: Leader launches 'Byongjin' doctrine to mark his era
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