One hundred years ago, on June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by Serbian terrorists. The murder set off a chain reaction that plunged much of the world into war. The Great War killed 10 million people, redrew the map of Europe, and marked the rise of the United States as a global power. Here are 40 maps that explain the conflict — why it started, how the Allies won, and why the world has never been the same.
In just the last few days, fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have seized a series of Iraqi cities from Mosul in the north to cities as close as 35 miles from Baghdad. They have also consolidated their gains by taking a series of towns in al-Anbar province - most of these are in the Euphrates Valley.
Western military sources reported Sunday night that Jordan had begun calling up reserve units for deployment on the Iraqi border for repelling a possible incursion by Iraqi al Qaeda. This was in reaction to the capture by ISIS of the main crossing from Iraq to Jordan at Turaibi which gained the Islamistgs control of the strategic trade artery between the two countries.
Analysis - Kenya: The Mpeketoni attack.Daveed Gartenstein-Ross writes that al-Shabaab's motives (assuming it was Shabaab that did it, contrary to Uhuru Kenyatta's claims) were to hurt Kenya's tourist industry, and undermine support for Kenyan military operations in Somalia, Shabaab's home turf.
In fact, it is Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who bears responsibility for the current debacle. His self-defeating security strategy in the Sunni-majority areas during his second term in office squandered the security gains enabled by the United States’ military surge between 2007 and 2009. Maliki’s counterinsurgency policies, particularly in Anbar province, were debilitating for the Iraqi military’s morale and alienating for the local population and the country’s Sunni population more generally. Maliki placed the Iraqi military stationed in Ninewa province under the control of officers who were personally loyal to him but were otherwise incompetent or implicated in vicious crimes. ...
After decades of working as a surgeon in some of Israel’s largest hospitals, I was disturbed to learn that the majority of abortions in Israel occur because of financial pressure. While it costs the government $750 to abort healthy babies, we discovered that for $1,200 we could provide the essentials needed to give women the peace of mind to keep thier baby. As the son of holocaust survivors, I could see no better mission in life than helping to fill the world with more Jewish babies.
It was for this reason that I joined forces with EFRAT-C.R.I.B, an organization that empowers and assists women that have become pregnant, want to give birth, but can’t afford to keep their baby.
In fact, since 1977, EFRAT-C.R.I.B has assisted over 56,000 mothers to give birth. In Israel, this is the equivalent of two cities full of people. We don’t protest, we don’t lobby the Knesset. We simply let people know that if they need us, we are here for them.
In some sense, Iraq's present security crisis was unexpected. In early June, a relatively small group of terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seemed to suddenly launch an offensive against Iraqi government forces in Sunni-majority areas of northwestern Iraq. The Iraqi military and police then quickly abandoned their posts, essentially ceding control of the area to ISIS and setting the stage for a battle over Baghdad.
In another sense, however, we are simply witnessing the bursting of a dam whose cracks have been visible for some time. ISIS may seem like it appeared out of nowhere, but the group’s onslaught was no surprise. The groundwork was laid a long time ago, and was evident for anyone who cared enough to notice.
In fact, it is Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who bears responsibility for the current debacle. His self-defeating security strategy in the Sunni-majority areas during his second term in office squandered the security gains enabled by the United States’ military surge between 2007 and 2009. Maliki’s counterinsurgency policies, particularly in Anbar province, were debilitating for the Iraqi military’s morale and alienating for the local population and the country’s Sunni population more generally.