Monthly Archives: August 2015

Plummeting oil price means smaller payoffs to support Iraqi government

The hemorrhaging of the government budget reliant on oil will force dramatic cuts in spending or dangerous increases in borrowing, Not only is fighting ISIS an expensive endeavor, but many of the political deals that need to be done to … Continue reading

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Government contractors to fly older Predator drones on as many as 10 flights a day

Government contractors will be hired to fly older Predator drones on as many as 10 flights a day, none of them strike missions. Air Force crews fly 60 Predator and Reaper combat air patrols, where one CAP means keeping one … Continue reading

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US wants another Turkish base for helicopter support, Turkey on hold

A government offensive against terrorist groups and the collapse of a three-year truce with Kurdish militants followed parliamentary elections in June that failed to deliver a ruling majority to any one party. Talks to form a coalition government failed and … Continue reading

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An “interagency review” of U.S., Task Force Sinai in danger from Islamic State or other militants

The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America’s three-decade deployment to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Armed primarily with light weapons, armored personnel carriers and similarly limited materiel, the forces lack the capacity to take on Islamic State or other … Continue reading

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