A window into Iraq
The Associated Press in Iraq describes the scene where, on Sept. 21, militants stormed an Iraqi army base in the western province of Anbar dressed as Iraqi soldiers. The troops, which were allegedly "vulnerable" and "unprepared" were forced to flee from the slaughter. At least 40 were not lucky enough to escape for their lives, and 68 were reportedly taken prisoner. To read the full story of this defeat, and what it means for western countries who are tasked with providing on-the-ground training, check out David Pugliese's post.
Iraqi Military gets a makeover
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has made the first major changes to the country's military since he came into office three months ago. The military, which is working on the ground to combat ISIS, saw several dozen officers forcibly retired, and 18 new commanders appointed. The changes were made to "improve our military performance," according to a statement by the PM. But insiders who have so far remain unnamed say that the shakeup was the result of a month-long probe into military corruption. Read More Here.
Russia bolsters bomber patrol to Cold War levels
As a result of increased tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced today that Russia would be expanding the areas it regularly patrols to include the Arctic Ocean, the western Atlantic, eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico—a level of patrol that hasn't been seen since Cold War times.
To read more about the ramping-up of Russian military activities, check out The Toronto Star's coverage.