John J. Xenakis

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World View: The Size of Iraq Catastrophe Continues to Unfold

ISIS has about $450 million in cash, after raiding the central bank in Mosul. This is in addition to billions of dollars' worth of dozens of tanks, humvees, helicopters, and other heavy weaponry, mostly American, that they got from weapons stores in Mosul that the Iraqi army was supposed to be guarding. Jun 16, 2014 3:58 AM PT

World View: Iran Asks U.S. to Intervene in Iraq, Offers Help

Here's a Saturday afternoon BBC interview with Professor Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics, that I transcribed, in which both the interviewer and the interviewee expressed utter astonishment at the day's news. Jun 15, 2014 3:58 AM PT

World View: U.S. and Iran Move to Help Iraq's al-Maliki Stop ISIS

The "blitzkrieg" attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on cities and villages across Iraq is panicking residents of Baghdad as the fighting draws near. Most of the cities captured by ISIS so far have large Sunni Muslim populations that are disaffected and furious because of the contemptuous treatment they've received from the government of Shia president Nouri al-Maliki, and because of their abandonment by the US forces that they worked hard with to drive out Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the 2007 Anbar Awakening. Jun 14, 2014 6:01 AM PT

World View: Iraq in Major Crisis After Catastrophic Fall of Mosul to ISIS

The jihadist Islamic Emirate in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, after Baghdad. Some 1300 ISIS fighters besieged the city, and took control of it in four days, as members of Iraq's army dropped their weapons and fled. The opened the jails and freed 2,400 prisons. Jun 11, 2014 2:46 AM PT

World View: Russia Forced to Change Tactics after Ukraine's Election

Polls have indicated for some time that even the Russians living in eastern Ukraine do not eastern Ukraine to be part of Russia. After the revolution that ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich, replacing him with an interim government Kiev, most of these same Russians don't like or trust the Kiev government either. Jun 8, 2014 1:28 AM PT

World View: Pentagon Issues Annual Report on China's Military

China is developing a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple nuclear warheads as part of a large-scale military buildup, according to the "Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China." Jun 7, 2014 7:04 AM PT

World View: Vietnam Develops Increasingly Dangerous Strategy to Counter China

China's belligerent military actions in the South China Sea, annexing regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, have drawn worldwide criticism, and caused Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to form a military alliance to oppose China. Jun 4, 2014 2:24 AM PT

World View: Polio Continues to Flare in Nigeria, Pakistan

The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths through terrorist attacks in northeastern Nigeria, and is still holding hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls, possibly as sexual slaves. But Boko Haram is posing an additional danger to Nigeria and the entire region by making it almost impossible to administer polio vaccines. Jun 3, 2014 1:27 AM PT

World View: Hagel Sets 'Red Line' for China in South China Sea

As we reported yesterday, Japan's president Shinzo Abe spoke on Friday at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Asian security issues. He announced enhanced military relationships with Vietnam and the Philippines, and demanded that China abide by international rules and laws, rather than coercion and threats. Jun 1, 2014 3:27 AM PT

World View: Major Faction Defects from Pakistan Taliban

Pakistanis are expressing glee at the news of a major split in the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban - TTP). The TTP is an umbrella organization for a number of terrorist groups in Pakistan. The TTP was founded in 2007 and led for years by Baitullah Mehsud, from the Mehsud tribe in Waziristan. He was succeeded by Hakimullah Mehsud, but Hakimullah Mehsud, also from the Mehsud tribe, was later killed by another drone strike, this time in November 2011. May 29, 2014 8:23 AM PT

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