Middle East

While everyone says ISIS, the AP has to say ISIL

While everyone says ISIS, the AP has to say ISIL

Jun 19, 2014
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The Vimy Report

Just about every major media outlet uses “ISIS” as the abbreviation for the militant group intent on establishing a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq. However, the AP seems intent on creating confusion by correcting everyone with its  own brand of “I know better than you”. We guess that settles it then: In Arabic, the group is known as

Drones in Iraq

To drone or not to drone in Iraq

Jun 16, 2014
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The Vimy Report

As the Obama administration continues to refuse to send ground troops to Iraq to counter the ISIS insurgents, drone strikes are a likely possibility. The drone option carries pros and cons: Pros – low cost, low-risk – can fly longer without stopping – if one gets shot down, human life isn’t at risk – drones instead of troops is closer to

5 surprising facts about ISIS

5 surprising facts about ISIS

Jun 16, 2014
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The Vimy Report

The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has grabbed the headlines this past week as it sweeps across the middle east in its pursuit of establishing an Islamic state. The militant group might be like no other that has come before it, as evidenced in 5 surprising facts about ISIS: 1. Its origin is not Al-Qaeda According to Defense One,

Glyn Berry

The consummate professional – Part Three

Oct 01, 2013
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Paul H. Chapin

Introduction Part One: A death in the afternoon Part Two: The right man for the job Part Three: The consummate professional The following is the third of three articles on the death of Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry in Kandahar, Afghanistan on January 15, 2006.  Glyn Berry arrived in September 2005 to take up his assignment as the political director of Canada’s Provincial Reconstruction

Glyn Berry

The right man for the job – Part Two

Oct 01, 2013
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Paul H. Chapin

Introduction Part One: A death in the afternoon Part Two: The right man for the job Part Three: The consummate professional The following is the second of three articles on the death of Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry in Kandahar, Afghanistan on January 15, 2006. Glyn Berry was uniquely suited to fill the assignment of providing political direction for a multi-departmental operation in a

Glyn Berry

A death in the afternoon – Part One

Sep 28, 2013
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Paul H. Chapin

Introduction Part One: A death in the afternoon Part Two: The right man for the job Part Three: The consummate professional The following is the first of three articles on the death of Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry in Kandahar, Afghanistan on January 15, 2006. Shortly after 0900 hrs on the morning of 15 January 2006, a five-vehicle military convoy drove out the gate