Authors: Asaad H. Almohammad, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.

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here is a recurring scene of cheerful crowds in Iraqi towns and city that have been liberated from ISIS; older women, men, and young adults exhaling cigarette smoke and grinning as they relish in this recent regained symbol of liberty and freedom. There was a moment circulated on social media of an older woman cursing ISIS on camera after her town was liberated by Kurdish-led forces. She didn’t hold back! One grievance that she ranted about more than any was ISIS’ ban of cigarettes and smoking.

Published in Intelligence
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he incessant drumbeat demonizing Russia has reached a crescendo. Half-truths lead, and outright lies follow. A Congressman on National Public Radio accuses the Russians of interfering in the November election; as a member of the Intelligence Committee, he should know better.

Published in Americas
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en. Lindsey Graham, Rep. South Carolina, has dubbed the relationship of President Trump to the US spy agencies to a Dr. Clouseau investigating himself. He is probably on to something considering the various bungling self-defeating and incompetent ways by which the House has so far been conducting the Russia dealings investigation.

Published in Trump's Presidency
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re we sure we have so far well-interpreted Libya’s scenario, its strategic balances and the nature of our real interests in that complex system? Are we confident that the goal of a mature foreign policy is to be deceived by the first who comes by, when he babbles words he does not know, such as "democracy" and "freedom"?

Published in Middle East
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hat is 'politics' a Senator's quip went ... 'Poli' he said means many in Greek, and 'tics' are bloodsucking parasites. It drew a large laugh not just from the audience and the Supreme Court nominee being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the senators themselves.

Published in Americas
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few days ago the press reported that dozens of Russian military "contractors", supplied by the RSB Group, were already operating in Eastern Libya to remove mines from the areas around Benghazi, in a region recently freed from jihadists by the armed forces of Khalifa Haftar, who ever more seems to be the pivot of Russian geopolitics in Libya. These reports run by the press are of great strategic relevance.

Published in Russia
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he many projects circulating in Italy, as well as in the other NATO and EU countries, for the "new EU Army" lack a nuclear and chemical-bacteriological perspective, without which any Joint Armed Force in Europe - after the withdrawal of a nuclear power such as Great Britain from the EU - would be little more than a group of scouts or amateurs.

Published in Defense
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he war in Syria against Assad’s Alawites and his post-Baathist State began with the people’s uprising of March-April 2011. Mass demonstrations in the traditional Sunni areas of Hama and Homs, to which the pro-government organizations responded with rallies supporting Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

Published in Middle East
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