La Vie En Afrique: Operation Barkhane

By C.L. France’s intervention in Africa’s Sahel region (often defined as including Chad, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania) against Islamist insurgents (starting with 2013’s Operation Serval, which as of 2014 transitioned into the current Operation Barkhane) has now entered its 7th year. While this intervention has been arguably quite successful in routing jihadist forces, … Continue reading La Vie En Afrique: Operation Barkhane

Azawad Rising: A Brief History of the Tuareg Resistance

By Brendan S. (@war_pic) The Tuareg, an ethnic confederation of Amazigh (Berber) tribes, are believed to have originated in Fezzan region of modern-day Libya thousands of years ago. The origin of the word “Tuareg” is debated, some speculate it a variant of the Classical Arabic word “Tuwariq,” meaning “abandoned by God.” This title emerged from … Continue reading Azawad Rising: A Brief History of the Tuareg Resistance

On Returning

By Robert Spangle Twisted telephone lines mark ISIS’s retreat to Mosul, cell towers remain unscathed, an unspoken 3G network truce so the Twitter war could wage on during breaks in fighting. A U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant accepts a friend request while talking about the first drone swarm. He explains the bandaged bulldozer driver down … Continue reading On Returning

Interview: The Mysteries Of The Lebanese Crotale Missile Scandal

By Legacy Of Resistance Forward by C.L. The buying, selling, and trading of arms on the global market is a market as complex as it is ancient. While generally speaking, this market goes quite smoothly, there’s a potential scandal around the corner with almost every purchase, especially in a region as volatile as the Middle … Continue reading Interview: The Mysteries Of The Lebanese Crotale Missile Scandal