Echoes in Syria of Afghanistan in the 1990s

The battle for Raqqa is now being waged, and the diverse forces that have been helping to extinguish the self-proclaimed caliphate of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) soon must face squarely what becomes of the portion of Syria that ISIS had controlled.  It may be useful to recall an earlier and somewhat similar situation in which the defeat of a common enemy led not to peace and stability but instead to fighting among the victors.  This occurred some two decades ago in another land in which, like Syria, the United States struggles to formulate a strategy: Afghanistan.

We Now Know What It's Like To Go To War in a B-2 Stealth Bomber

As a stealth bomber engineered during the height of the Cold War, the B-2 was designed to elude Soviet air defenses and strike enemy targets – without an enemy ever knowing the aircraft was even there. This stealthy technological ability is referred to by industry experts as being able to evade air defenses using both high-frequency “engagement” radar, which can target planes, and lower frequency “surveillance” radar which can let enemies know an aircraft is in the vicinity.  

Why the World Should Fear Iran's Missiles

This week, the Islamic Republic of Iran followed the lead of Russia and the United States in using long-range missiles to carry out attacks in Syria. The launch of six Zulfiqar short-range ballistic missiles at targets in Syria highlighted Iran’s missile program. Iran’s program is four decades old, and traces back to the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq War and the country’s rivalry with the state of Israel. Iran’s missiles have slowly but surely gained greater accuracy and longer ranges, posing a problem for the entire region.