Category Archives: Military Conflicts

Out of Control: Ukraine’s Rogue Militias

In 2014, Ukraine was under siege and the military was unprepared. Desperate, the government urged anyone to get to the front and fight the Russian-backed separatists. As the war drags on, Ukraine claims their military is now in control and the volunteers have all been disbanded. But we tracked down some rogue volunteers still out there fighting, not prepared to hand over their weapons anytime soon.

Out of Control: Ukraine's Rogue Militias

Out of Control: Ukraine’s Rogue Militias


Russian Federation Aircraft Returning From Syria

A Russian Federation Air Force Tu-22M3 returned to Murmansk after completing its Syria mission. The crews completed their flight from an airfield in North Ossetia to their permanent base. The An-72 military transport aircraft returned to the Saratov region from the Hmeymim airbase. Pilots of a Tu-22M3, which flew in from Syria, were met by relatives and colleagues in the Kaluga region. The military pilots, who participated in the operation of the Russian Federation Air Force, returned to the Irkutsk region.

Russian Federation Aircraft Returning From Syria

Russian Federation Aircraft Returning From Syria

Egyptian Citizens Rushing ISIS Shooter During Terror Attack in Egypt

Video footage published to twitter shows Egyptian citizens or one would might say a angry Egyptian mob rushing a wounded ISIS shooter during an terror attack in Egypt. The ISIS gunmen was just wounded by security forces when a brave Egyptian citizen made the first step by trying to disarm the gunman what was soon followed by a horde of Egyptian citizens following the attempt and taking down the ISIS member.
A gunman who shot dead at least nine people outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo calmly walked along the street unchallenged for nearly 10 minutes.
The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said the gunman was wounded and arrested, but the Health Ministry said he was shot dead. The discrepancy could not be immediately clarified. It also remained unclear whether the gunman acted alone when he opened fire on Mar Mina church and a nearby shop, run by a Coptic Christian, in the Egyptian capital’s southern suburb of Helwan.
The official Mena news agency quoted a top security official as saying the gunman was one of two attackers.
The Isis-run news agency, Aamaq, also claimed the attack was carried out by a “security detail”, suggesting more than one assailant, and said one fighter was killed. The killings were the latest in the long-running war between Isis-led militants and security forces that has been mostly fought in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian Citizens Rushing ISIS Shooter During Terror Attack in Egypt

Egyptian Citizens Rushing ISIS Shooter During Terror Attack in Egypt

Beauty and the Beasts: why terrorists target history

Terrorist groups target cultural heritage, from the Taliban destroying the Bamyan Buddhas to the Daesh wrecking Palmyra. But why? This documentary looks at how terrorist groups use cultural heritage for control – but also for funding.

Beauty and the Beasts: why terrorists target history

Beauty and the Beasts: why terrorists target history

Palestinians’ and Israel’s battle for Jerusalem

Israelis and Palestinians both claim the city as their capital. A hotbed of the Arab-Israeli conflict is Silwan, is a small district in East Jerusalem.
Jerusalem may seem peaceful from a distance, but on the ground tensions are high. The city is the nexus of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Numerous Palestinians’ houses have been demolished by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem. This documentary was filmed in Silwan, a small district in East Jerusalem, where a fierce battle between Israelis and Arabs rages on. Tourists explore the old town happily, but Palestinians who have their home here live in complete insecurity. Approximately 20,000 house demolitions have been decided. Affected Palestinians find little support and are powerless to fight for their rights. Their last hope is the lawyer Ziad Al-Hamouri from the Institute of Socioeconomics. One of his most striking cases is the Palestinian farmer Khaled Al-Zrir, a father of eight children. His house has already been demolished, now the authorities want to take away his land and trees. The Israeli settlement of Ma’ ale Hazeitim is located one kilometer east of Khaled’s property. Here lives Arieh King, an avid settler and politician. In turn, he sees it as his task to apply for new building permits from the city. The documentary film reports on the fierce struggle in Jerusalem, where every centimeter of land counts.
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Palestinians' and Israel's battle for Jerusalem

Palestinians’ and Israel’s battle for Jerusalem

The Road to Raqqa: YPG fighters, medics & European volunteers on ISIS frontline

The Road to Raqqa: YPG fighters, medics & European volunteers on ISIS frontline

The road to ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa, has been long and hard. The battle rages in the suburbs of the Syrian city. Improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers, sniper fire and grenade-dropping drones have been deployed by the surrounded terrorists.
This film features the stories of fighters in the Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG), as well as European volunteers who joined them. There are also stories of military hospital staff. Dr. Akhiv, a veteran military doctor considers his work a “sacred calling.” Adham, a frontline nurse, joined the field hospital after his brother was killed fighting ISIS. Sema, a Kurdish female commander, left her family to join the fight. “We’re not fighting for a certain nation. Humanity is what we’re fighting for,” she says.
Some Europeans have joined the YPG as volunteers. Rosa left a mundane life in Sweden to fight for women’s rights in Syria. Robin, a volunteer from Germany, got sick of hearing how “someone should do something about” ISIS after every terrorist attack in Europe. He left his girlfriend and a comfortable life to do something about them himself.

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The Road to Raqqa

The Road to Raqqa

U.S. Navy: Surface Force Strategy

Responding to global challenges under the leadership of the CNO and guided by the precepts of “Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” the U.S. Naval Surface Force has developed its “Surface Force Strategy” which describes the return to sea control and implementation of Distributed Lethality.
The objective of the Surface Force Strategy is to achieve and sustain sea control at the time and place of our choosing in order to: protect the homeland from afar, build and maintain global security, project the national power of the United States, and, if necessary, win decisively. It is essential to U.S. nation’s security and prosperity that we maintain the ability to maneuver globally on the seas and to prevent others from using the sea against the interests of the United States and U.S. allies. Additionally, sea control is the pre-requisite to achieving the Navy’s other objectives of all domain access, deterrence, power projection and maritime security.
The strategy describes the return to sea control and implementation of Distributed Lethality as an operational and organizational principle for achieving and sustaining sea control at will. Distributed Lethality reinforces fleet initiatives that drive collaboration and integration across warfighting domains. Distributed Lethality requires increasing the offensive and defensive capability of surface forces, which guides deliberate resource investment for modernization and for the future force. Providing more capabilities across surface forces yields more options for Geographic Combatant Commanders.
In order to achieve the desired outcome of this strategy, U.S. Navy must rededicate the force to attain and sustain sea control, retain the best and the brightest, provide advanced tactical training, and equip our ships with improved offensive weapons and hard kill/soft kill options. Pursuing these ends will enhance U.S. Navy capability and capacity to go on the offensive and to defeat multiple attacks.
By providing a more powerful deterrent, U.S. Navy can dissuade the first act of aggression, and failing that, U.S. Navy will respond to an attack to compel the adversary to cease hostilities by rendering it incapable of further aggression.
Surface forces provide U.S. with credible combat naval power at and from the sea in order to control the sea at the time and place of our choosing for the Joint Force to project power. U.S. Navy will do this by providing Navy warships with the tactics, talent, tools, and training to deceive, target and destroy enemy forces, and by instilling this warfighting ethos in the crews that fight our warships. The strategy serves as U.S. Navy call to action to build, organize, train, and equip surface forces that can fight and win today, tomorrow and beyond.

U.S. Navy: Surface Force Strategy

U.S. Navy: Surface Force Strategy