This Week in War

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This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

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Photo: Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan soldier stands guard at the presidential palace on June 25th following a Taliban attack. Shah Merai/AFP/Getty

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As U.S. Deploys Patriot Missiles and F-16s to Jordan, Could Syrian Conflict Engulf the Middle East?

Pro-government Syrian forces have seized control of the key border town of Qusair, which had been controlled by rebel fighters for the past year. This comes as the United Nations accuses both sides of the Syrian conflict of reaching “new levels of brutality.” Since fighting broke out over two years ago in Syria, more than 80,000 people have been killed and another 1.6 million Syrian refugees have fled. We’re joined by longtime foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn of The Independent, who recently returned from Syria where he reported on how the conflict is spreading across the Middle East. Cockburn warns that pending global peace talks will have no effect without a ceasefire on the ground. “The best you could really hope for at this stage is a ceasefire, get the level of violence down, and then later you might have talks of sharing power,” Cockburn says. “But you are not going to have that at the moment.”

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – June 5, 2013

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Manning Trial Shrouded in Secrecy and Security

Hacker Testifies That Manning Never Talked About Aiding Enemy

UN Accuses Rebels and Regime of War Crimes

Afghans Demand Arrest of US Troops Over Killings

British Soldiers Punished for Abusing Afghan Civilians

Photo: Accused WikiLeak Source Bradley Manning.

This Week in War

Mideast Syriathepoliticalnotebook:

This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

This round-up will be on hiatus next Friday, but will return! 

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As US Moves to Arm Syrian Rebels, Questions Raised About Reports of Chemical Weapons Attack

The Obama administration is reportedly close to begin arming Syrian rebels with “lethal weaponry” in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. The Washington Post reports President Obama will make a final decision in the coming weeks on what one official described as “assistance that has a direct military purpose.” Syrian rebels have already asked Western backers for anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles. This comes as Israel and U.S. sources have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons. On Tuesday, President Obama said chemical-weapon use in Syria would be a “game-changer.” We speak to Tracey Shelton, a GlobalPost senior correspondent covering Syria. Her most recent article is “Syria: The Horrific Chemical Weapons Attack that Probably Wasn’t a Chemical Weapons Attack.” Last month, Shelton won a George Polk award for “communicating the human tragedy of the conflict in Syria in a way that is impossible to ignore or forget.”