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I don't think they are Saddamists and even Baath is just a label. Rather I think these are elites from the previous regime who would like to be back in power. I doubt they care how they get there, be it using the instrumentations of Islam, Arab nationalism, or whatever else.

5 days, 18 hours ago on Report: Saddam’s Right Hand Man and ISIS Supporter, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Killed in Iraq

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@Fred82 @JackMurphyRGR Hence why they threw "Al-Baghdadi" out as their front man.  The Baath party people in ISIS don't advertise...

6 days, 6 hours ago on Report: Saddam’s Right Hand Man and ISIS Supporter, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Killed in Iraq

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@Fred82 @JackMurphyRGR Politicians use ideological rhetoric to mobilize the masses, that doesn't mean they personally subscribe to those beliefs.  I don't think I'm making a bold statement in saying that politicians often say things which they do not actually believe.  The fact is, ISIS' leadership cells are packed full of Baath party veterans, demonstrating a pragmatic streak which we would expect from those seeking to maximize the amount of power they have in Iraq.  You don't have to take my word for it though, other media outlets are picking up on this finally.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/17/he-served-saddam-he-served-isis-now-al-douri-may-be-dead


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-hidden-hand-behind-the-islamic-state-militants-saddam-husseins/2015/04/04/aa97676c-cc32-11e4-8730-4f473416e759_story.html


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32347036


Most people interpret ISIS as an East vs. West conflict, or through the lens of a modern day crusade, some sort of religious war.  That certainly plays an element, especially for the real true believers, the jihadists out there dying for their masters, all in the name of allah of course.  But at the end of the day, I don't think ISIS really has much to do with Islamism other than using it as the glue that motivates the peons to fight and die.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Report: Saddam’s Right Hand Man and ISIS Supporter, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Killed in Iraq

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Ideology is simply a series on inconsistent beliefs bundled together for pragmatic purposes. It is important to the foot soldiers, not the people who actually hold power.

6 days, 13 hours ago on Report: Saddam’s Right Hand Man and ISIS Supporter, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Killed in Iraq

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@18Fox40 MARSOC is absolutely focusing on UW in their training, maybe more so than SF at this point.

1 week, 1 day ago on Jade Helm: What It Is, What We Shouldn’t Make It Into

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@YankeePapa Great book!  My Swiss friends were impressed that I read it!

1 week, 3 days ago on Swiss SOF (Pt. 2): Train As You (Would) Fight

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@bojangles2020 No that was Lang Vei I believe.

1 week, 4 days ago on Secrets of SOG: An Unheeded Warning (Pt. 3)

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@Minou_Demimonde @JackMurphyRGR @Siloviki Individuals within a government can be irrational, but that doesn't mean that the entire state apparatus as a whole is irrational...

2 weeks ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@green beret retired @JackMurphyRGR You would be surprised at the logistical difficulties that the Kurds have in procuring weapons.  Israel does have a deal with the PKK but I'm not sure how big the volume is because they were emptying their stockpiles up in the mountains to support Kobani.

2 weeks ago on How America Can Help the Kurds Beat ISIS in Rojava

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@green beret retired I sincerely doubt that Obama's religious beliefs have any impact on our foreign policy, especially when it comes to which factions we decide to arm.  While the Assyrian Christians I met were great people, the reality is that they are a small minority.  In Syria, they have been folded into the Kurdish resistance as partners very well.  In Iraq, the Kurds simply see the Christian belt as a strategic buffer between themselves and GOI and/or ISIS.  It should also be noted that the Kurds, as much as America idealizes them, abandoned both the Christian and Yezidi communities to ISIS, then later seek to use them as proxies as they see fit.


The NPU and Dwekh Nawsha also have their own internal issues, which is not surprising given the region.  I think the Christian community in Iraq and Syria are both good, viable partners for American forces but there geographic location pinned between ISIS, GOI, and the Kurds make it difficult to work with them effectively.


The reasons for arms not ending up where they are intended can largely be explained by corruption by parties inside Iraq.  I am also weary of various players in the region complaining about it because every single one of them complains that they need more military equipment and weapons, while pointing the finger at others who (in their mind) have received more support.  Conspiracy theory runs deep in that part of the world and accusations byzantine alliances and exchanges of money which make absolutely no rational sense and have zero supporting evidence are quite commonplace. 


It should also be noted, that despite the propaganda machines at play, all of the parties involved in the fighting play up there combat prowess to the max in the press while actually doing as little fighting as possible.  From what I know, the YPG is one group that really isn't afraid to mix it up with the enemy.  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on How America Can Help the Kurds Beat ISIS in Rojava

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@green beret retired The PKK has walked back the Marxism and has acknowledged that Marxism is basically obsolete in today's world.  Though they do draw some inspiration from it and you can see the vestiges of it in their military drills and propaganda.  They cite various ideologies like communalism and social libertarianism as their ideology today but I would personally still call them socialists.  That said, it is not as if they would not be open to working with America, even commercially in my opinion.  


Of the foreigners I know who served in the YPG, none of them received political lectures the way the Kurds do although they do discuss politics amongst each other.  None of them left due to ideological reasons to the best of my knowledge, and I've probably talked or personally met two dozen of them at this point.  Most of them left because they were fed up with Kurdish politics in the sense of bureaucracy rather than ideology.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on How America Can Help the Kurds Beat ISIS in Rojava

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@Siloviki @JackMurphyRGR I would call that a naive view of Iran.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@Siloviki I don't know why this is so shocking to people.  We had diplomatic relations and negotiations with the USSR during the height of the cold war…and we should all be thankful for that because it helped us avoid a nuclear exchange.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Iranian Boogeyman

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@cmda Thanks for reading!  It is important to get alternative points of view here, otherwise this website would just become a big echo chamber. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Eeben Barlow Speaks Out (Pt. 4): Rejecting the Racial Narrative

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@YankeePapa They mentored their host-nation counterparts in the field. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Eeben Barlow Speaks Out (Pt. 2): Development of a Nigerian Strike Force

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@LawyerHandle No, I haven't but it doesn't strike me as outside the realm of possibility.

3 weeks ago on Leading Baath Party Member, Izzet al-Douri Injured by US Airstrike in Sinjar, Iraq

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Thanks for reading guys, much more to come.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Eeben Barlow Speaks Out (Pt. 1): PMC and Nigerian Strike Force Devastates Boko Haram

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@asimd @Fred82 I think the mistake that most people make is that they think this is primarily a conflict driven by religion.  While it may be for the pawns, this conflict is about power over a geographical piece of terrain with Islam as the window dressing.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Leading Baath Party Member, Izzet al-Douri Injured by US Airstrike in Sinjar, Iraq

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@bojangles2020 Who are all of these Army guys who are bothered by it?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Difference Between Navy SEALs and the 75th Ranger Regiment

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@alexanderscrawford There is a string of government employees who have recently been busted in DC for this.  One could speculate that they belong to a underground network.  One could also speculate that a foreign intelligence service may be involved.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Power Elite’s Blackmail Network

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@Ricopasamba You should!  He is a legit dude.

2 months, 1 week ago on A Ranger Goes to College (Part 1)

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@Nhtjmp Mommy and daddy will breast feed him until the day they die.

2 months, 1 week ago on A Ranger Goes to College (Part 4)

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@YankeePapa Huge problems with OPSEC.  I've heard it from both Filipinos and from their SF trainers.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on U.S. SOF-trained Filipino Special Action Force Kills Jemaah Islamiyah Leader

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@Recon6 @Axeman15 I wish there was a legit source I could direct you guys towards when it comes to helping supply the Kurds but I don't know of any.  There are a ton of gofundme campaigns out there but the ones I'm aware of are highly dubious and I really doubt the money is going anywhere except into someone's pocket.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Female Kurdish Snipers Cut ISIS Down to Size

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@patrickt777 @JackMurphyRGR If you want to find something to be offended by in this article you will certainly find it.  I think my words justify themselves and feel no need to go back and justify what I wrote.  I'm confident that I've spent enough time amongst U.S. military snipers and this Kurdish sniper unit to be able to assess the cultural differences between the two.  If that hits too close to home, than let the chips fall where they may.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Female Kurdish Snipers Cut ISIS Down to Size

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@Pollychronopolous Nope!  You are correct!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Female Kurdish Snipers Cut ISIS Down to Size

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@patrickt777 I think you missed the point of this article.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Female Kurdish Snipers Cut ISIS Down to Size

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@aGrimm It's a case of mutually assured destruction.  If Brennan and Feinstein start airing eachothers dirty laundry this thing can get ugly fast.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Senate Staffers Mishandle Classified CIA Interrogation Reports

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@YankeePapa Can't blame this one on the liberal media.  In this case it is just about money...

3 months, 2 weeks ago on British Volunteers in Syria Defamed Over YPG Service

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@corporatecoffee No, it does.  I just mean that being a private in Ranger battalion doesn't mean you are going to walk onto a para-military contract right off the bat.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ranger Goes to College (Part Six)

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@mashdoc I've graduated now.  You're right, our Dean was a solid dude who really went out of his way to help guys out.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on 2015: History Still Hasn’t Ended

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@mashdoc I wish!  This what the subject I wrote on my college application for being the area I wanted to study.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on 2015: History Still Hasn’t Ended

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@YankeePapa Keith Nell has the best story about telling the Indig not to mess around because Chameleons watch them.  Since they can see in two directions at once they see everything and told Keith what they were doing.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Riding West African Currents

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@rickvafd The big man is definitely not to be fucked with but in West Africa he is usually stuffing dolla dolla bills in his pockets and running to France.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Riding West African Currents

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@LadyHW Yes, and if you look at pictures of the operation closely it is quite clear that USSF was working with the PKK not the Peshmerga...

4 months ago on FID Tips, Pt.1: Rapport is Your Security

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@leiber No, he took off pretty quick after I told him to fuck off.

4 months, 1 week ago on Why I Don’t Care About Stolen Valor

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@JohnChristopher1 He has some real former operators lured into his fraud and they are counting on him to get contracts, hoping they can cash in.  I've seen shit like this before.  Vets will ignore the fraud because they get hypnotized by the money.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Frauds Fake Non-Official Cover (CIA) Credentials

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@dsepp I've talked to Smith's lawyer and tried to arrange a meeting but that request has not been granted thus far.  I think I freaked his lawyer out a bit when I told him that I knew about Smith cruising around New York City using an assumed name...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Frauds Fake Non-Official Cover (CIA) Credentials

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@HittMann @LawyerHandle Well, the book hasn't been published and it isn't because Jamie is just too legit to quit...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Frauds Fake Non-Official Cover (CIA) Credentials

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@Warriorsethos That stuff about khat is BS too.  It doesn't turn you into a maniac.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Daash Do Drugs: The Zombie Militants of ISIS

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@darkangel54 Those stories about the SAS in the Brit tabloids are bullshit

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Taking SOFREP to the Next Level

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@Recon6 @KineticFury Military assistance will go a long way.  I although think SF teams should be placed in country to train, advise, and assist.  However, this is how to resolve the military situation.  Resolving the political situation is going to be much more complicated.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Save the Last Bullet for Yourself

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Because AQI was said to use ketamine before going into battles.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Daash Do Drugs: The Zombie Militants of ISIS

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@JHR130 I have to admit, there is a part of me that would welcome that confrontation…  I've got a lot of axes to grind these days.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Is ISIS Targeting U.S. Military Veterans?

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@LawyerHandle That relationship seems to change battle to battle.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Save the Last Bullet for Yourself

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