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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.
A passenger jet, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 from the Netherlands to Malaysia, was shot down over eastern Ukraine yesterday. Most of the answers are still forthcoming on this one, but none of nearly 300 passengers on board are thought to have survived. 
Who shot it down? Ukraine itself has denied involvement or capability and several signs seem to point to the pro-Russian separatists. 
Separatists have agreed to allow international investigators access to the crash site. 
Earlier this week, Ukraine accused Russia of shooting down a Ukrainian fighter jet in its own airspace. 
Israel launched a new phase of Operation Protective Edge: a ground invasion. According to Gaza’s health ministry, 24 Palestinians have been killed since Thursday night and more than 200 injured. Israel is claiming 14 of those it killed were terrorists and has lost one soldier. 
Netanyahu has said Israel is prepared to “significantly widen" the offensive. 
Inside Gaza’s tunnels — which have been a primary stated target of Israeli forces over the past three weeks.
Earlier in Gaza, a strike from a naval ship killed four Palestinian boys playing on a beach.
Three Israelis were indicted in the revenge killing of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir.
Parisian police are considering a ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations.
14 Tunisian soldiers have been killed in a militant attack near the Algerian border. 
Libyan militant groups battling for control of the Tripoli airport have agreed to a ceasefire. 
In the Central African Republic, it’s worse than we thought.
Assad begins his third term as Syria’s president. 
Kuwaiti protesters demanding the release of an opposition leader and the purging of corrupt judges were met with tear gas over the weekend.
Anti-terrorism laws in Gulf states are being deployed against dissent and opposition, not militancy.
Tribesmen bombed Yemen’s main oil export pipeline on Saturday.
After a Houthi takeover of the Yemeni city of Amran last week, tens of thousands have fled the city.
Intelligence is linking Saudi chemist turned Al Qaeda bombmaker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri to ISIS and the Nusra Front.
Saudi Arabia is positioned in the middle of extremism — from Yemen on one side and Iraq on the other.
A Saudi rights lawyer has been jailed for 15 years for “inciting public opinion” and “undermining judicial authorities.”
Qatar is planning an $11bn deal to buy Apache helicopters and Patriot missiles from the US.
A suicide bombing in an Afghan market on Tuesday killed at least 89 people — the worst insurgent attack since 2001.
Kabul airport came under attack by militants on Thursday.
Afghanistan has jailed a Pakistani journalist, detaining him while reportedly on his way to interview Taliban sources. He was originally accused of spying, but is now charged with illegal entry into the country.
The outgoing top commander in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, is expressing concern about the approach to the drawdown.
The widow of the first assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists speaks about her husband’s fears and death, and about meeting with his assassin. 
Protests and violent clashes continue in Cambodia over a disputed election. Eight members of the opposition in parliament have been arrested on charges of inciting insurrection. 
A Dutch court ruled that the government bore responsibility for the deaths of 300 of the victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia in 1995, owing to failures by Dutch peacekeepers. 
What are the aircraft carrying out 21st century aerial reconnaissance?
Alan Rusbridger interviews Edward Snowden.
A bill presented in Australian parliament this week could mean that journalists face jail over intelligence leaks.
The US plans to transfer six low-level Guantánamo detainees to Uruguay, possibly next month. 
A US Navy nurse has refused to force-feed prisoners in Guantánamo.
The Guardian looks into hunger strikes carried out by the non-Afghan detainees that the US continues to hold, largely under cover of secrecy, at Bagram.
Blackwater employees testified against former colleagues in the trial over the 2007 Nisour Square shooting. 
And some helpful suggestions for naming the latest operation in Iraq (Operation Shiite Storm, anyone?). You get to pick your favorite.
Photo: Donetsk, Ukraine. A section of the miles-long wreckage of MH17 smolders yesterday. Credit: ITAR-TASS/Barcroft Media.

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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.

Photo: Donetsk, Ukraine. A section of the miles-long wreckage of MH17 smolders yesterday. Credit: ITAR-TASS/Barcroft Media.

thepoliticalnotebook:

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.
Fighting continues in Ukraine, where the army has retaken areas of Donetsk but separatists continue to battle it out — most recently over the airport.
Ukrainian rebels carried out a swift, old-school version of justice in Slovyansk, as documents they left behind in their flight show. 
Amnesty International reports on graphic evidence collected of torture targeting, among others, protesters and journalists in Ukraine over the last three months, as well as abductions.
A dispatch from Rwanda — where last week they celebrated the anniversary of Tutsis occupying Kigali and bringing an end to the 100 days of genocide. 
Amnesty International says South Sudan is “locked in a cycle of violence.”
In the Congo, a major faction of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda seems like it might be ready to disarm.
President Obama has offered to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas — mean while 98 Palestinians have reportedly been killed in Israeli attacks. 
On Israeli right-wing youth extremism and the awful killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.
Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan De Mistura will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the UN’s Syria envoy and point man on the ongoing conflict.
ISIS has taken control of an old chemical weapons facility in Muthanna. The US is downplaying the danger, saying the facility contained no intact weapons.
A new ISIS revenue stream: oil smuggling.
Matthieu Aikins points out in the New York Times that the best allies against ISIS are other Sunni Islamists. 
The death toll rises among Iraqi Shi’ites recruited to battle ISIS.
Iran delivered three attack planes to Iraq. 
After meeting with Shia opposition in Bahrain, American diplomat Tom Malinowski was expelled by the government.
The number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2014 went up by a quarter from last year’s levels. 
The Afghan Taliban has banned polio vaccination teams from southern Helmand province. 
Brinksmanship between Afghan presidential hopefuls.
Pakistan’s anti-militant offensive has forced more than 700,000 people to flee their homes. 
In Myanmar, four journalists and the head of a newspaper were sentenced to a decade in prison and hard labor for reporting on a secret government factory designed to produce chemical weapons.
An obituary for David Truong, an anti-Vietnam war activist whose wiretapping and conviction on espionage charges eventually lead to the passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
A new way of war — the purposeful targeting of children.
On Thursday, Germany demanded that the top US spy in Berlin leave the country over new allegations of American espionage.
BNP Paribas SA, France’s largest bank, pleaded guilty in US federal court to violating sanctions by processing $9 billion worth of banned transactions involving Sudan, Cuba and Iran between 2004 and 2012.
The Intercept reports on surveillance of Muslim-American leaders in the US.
Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center for the past three years, is stepping down from his position. 
The TSA’s new focus: electronics.
New charges are expected against Ahmed Abu Khattala, suspected ringleader of the Benghazi attacks.
The Marine Corps is expanding the offer of infantry training to more women.
A new “burn pit” registry has been created to log the names of 11,000 veterans and troops possibly sickened by exposure to open air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Small self-promotion: I wrote a piece for Foreign Policy last week on the practice of barrel bombing from Sudan to Syria and now Iraq.
Bonus war photo: Ukrainian soldiers take up a position in a sunflower field.  
Photo: Gaza City. Palestinians search amid the rubble of an overnight Israeli strike. Khalil Hamra/AP 
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Photo: Gaza City. Palestinians search amid the rubble of an overnight Israeli strike. Khalil Hamra/AP 

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How to tell if you’ve become A Real Knitter yet:

getting-knitfaced:

Beginners: You realize that you knit the last 10 rows wrong, and it’s so annoying to you that you rip it all out and reknit it. It just HAS to be right, even if it takes an extra week of work.

Real Knitters: You realize that you knit the last 10 rows wrong, but since probably no one will notice, you quietly stop looking at it and keep knitting, (per pattern, this time). Ain’t nobody got time to reknit that shit. Looks fine.

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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.
The number of people displaced by violent conflict at the end of 2013 exceeded 51 million, the highest level of displacement by war since World War II. Half of the displaced are children.
The US captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man suspected of leading the 2012 attacks on the US embassy in Benghazi. He will face charges in federal criminal court. 
The New York Times reports he is “talking freely” with interrogators aboard the USS New York.
Irish journalist Mary Fitzgerald obtained an interview with Abu Khattala back in April. 
A car bomb killed 34 and wounded 50 Friday morning in Hama province in Syria. A coalition of Islamist rebels have claimed responsibility.
The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has exceeded 1 million. 
A drone strike in Yemen killed all five passengers in a car carrying suspected Al Qaeda militants. 
The US will send up to 300 US military advisers to Iraq. 
ISIS and Iraqi forces are engaged in battles for the Baiji oil refinery and the Tal Afar airport. 
UNICEF upgraded Iraq to a level 3 humanitarian disaster with an estimated 1.5 million people displaced.
Reporters revisit their most memorable moments from reporting the (second) Iraq war.
In search of 3 missing teenagers, Israel has launched on of its most aggressive anti-Hamas campaigns in the last decade — deploying three more combat brigades to the West Bank, detaining roughly 240 Palestinians in pre-dawn raids, arresting political leaders, confiscating money and shutting down radio stations.
During morning raids today, Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians, and killed a 15-year-old.
Former Turkish president and army chief, General Kenan Evren, has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his leadership of a costly 1980 coup.
Iran and world powers have begun drafting a nuclear deal. 
Iran handed down prison sentences to a group of tech bloggers — or “enemy cyber activists.”
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded a halt to the vote count in the runoff election, claiming widespread fraud.
Cpl William “Kyle” Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for saving a fellow Marine from a grenade blast in Afghanistan.
Human Rights Watch says that Afghan journalists have been betrayed through NSA surveillance, endangered by their reporting connections to militants and insurgents.
Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Pakistan’s northwest tribal regions in the face of a government offensive. 
NATO says that Russia has resumed military buildup on the Ukrainian border. 
According to the UN, 356 people have been known to be killed in Ukraine since mid-April. Seven soldiers have been killed since Thursday.
Gazprom cuts Russia’s natural gas supply to Ukraine in a pricing dispute complicated by regional political divides. 
Pro-Russian rebels refuse to surrender in the face of a Ukrainian ultimatum, prompting Ukrainian attacks on eastern cities.
The rise of militarized NGOs.
Finland shows greater interest in joining NATO after Russian encroachment in Ukraine.
European countries like France continue to sell arms to Russia, despite their condemnations of actions in Ukraine. 
Russia adds a new attack submarine to its fleet — a nuclear-powered behemoth that has been twenty years in the making.
Abd el Hadi al Iraqi, an Iraqi Guantánamo prisoner who has been in prison since 2007, appeared in court on war crimes charges.
Lawyers for detainee Abu Wael Dhiab have entered video evidence of his force-feedings in a lawsuit filed on his behalf. 
A federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling from January that a criminal defense attorney could access classified information under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 
The Pentagon’s top war crimes prosecutor has said that the detainees controversially swapped for Bowe Bergdahl could not have been successfully prosecuted.  
This week marked a year since the untimely death of journalist Michael Hastings. His almost finished novel, The Last Magazine, was posthumously published.  
Photo: Salahuddin province, Iraq. An image posted to the website Welayat Salahuddin shows members of ISIS brandishing flags after seizing an army checkpoint. 
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Photo: Salahuddin province, Iraq. An image posted to the website Welayat Salahuddin shows members of ISIS brandishing flags after seizing an army checkpoint. 

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Men, at any rate, never fulfilled expectations. They might, upon acquaintance, turn out more entertaining than they appeared; but almost always taking up with a man was like reading a book you had read when you had forgotten that you had read it. You had not been for ten minutes in any sort of intimacy with any man before you had said: “But I’ve read all this before…” You knew the opening, you were already bored by the middle, and, especially, you knew the end….

—Ford Madox Ford, the Parade’s End tetralogy (via everythingbookish)

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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.
Ukrainian forces have surrounded the key rebel-held city of Mariupol. 
Fighting in eastern Ukraine has created a humanitarian crisis — food shortage, no electricity/water/gas for the past week, and 270 dead in the last two months. 15,000 - 20,000 refugees from Slavyansk have arrived in a nearby city.
On Thursday, the interior minister claimed a column of Russian tanks had moved into eastern Ukraine and fought Ukrainian troops.
This morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) advanced into Diyala province, taking two new towns and executing civilians and army officers in the streets.
ISIS released a list of rules to govern behavior in the province of Nineveh — among the rules: women should not leave the house, no drugs/alcohol, no rival groups, and sharia law.
While ISIS advances on Baghdad, Iraq’s Kurds seized Kirkuk — their long-hoped-for capital city.
Four of the fourteen divisions of Iraq’s army have fled in front of the advancing militant force. US officials say the army had already shown signs of deterioration.
The US struggles to come up with a response to the crisis in Iraq. The UN Security Council held closed door talks about the crisis yesterday.
Photojournalist Kamaran Najm Ibrahim was killed near Kirkuk on Thursday.
What would NY look like if it endured the destruction of the Syrian conflict?
Former US ambassador to Syria urges increasing the supply of arms sent to moderate rebel groups. 
How one Syrian woman survived 700 days of siege in Homs.
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have boosted troops at their shared border after two days of gunfire exchange.
The ICC prepares to put Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda on trial for war crimes. 
Iranian dissidents under Rouhani don’t see the promised improvements. 
Five US troops were killed by friendly fire in Arghandab province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
Afghanistan is facing inclusion on an international financial blacklist for its failures to pass anti-money-laundering legislation.
Insurgent attacks ramp up ahead of Afghanistan’s Saturday run-off election for president. 
The US drone strike program resumed — with 13 killed in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday.
Militants attacked Karachi airport on Sunday night and again on Tuesday — the Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility.
June 10 marked the 70th anniversary of the worst Nazi atrocity on French soil — the massacre of the town of Oradour-sur-Glane, where 642 people died. Oradour-sur-Glane was left as a ghost town to memorialize the atrocity and what humans are capable of doing to one another.
Bowe Bergdahl returned to the US this morning.
The Bergdahl swap upset has further complicated release of other Guantánamo detainees.
Al Gore on Edward Snowden: "What he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the US constitution that were way more serious than the crimes he committed."
Former NSA chief General Hayden refers to Snowden as “he who must not be named.”
The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the VA scandal.
And the CIA is on Twitter.
Photo: Karachi, Pakistan. Smoke rises from Jinnah International Airport after a militant assault Sunday night. Asif Hassan/AFP
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The years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult.

—Helen Mirren (via lynnpls)

(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege, via femininefreak)