Middle East

Syria and Iraq

ISIS seems to be moving at will, breaks border between Syria and Iraq

Jun 20, 2014
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The Vimy Report

As the struggle continues between Iraq, Syria and The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the extremist group appears to be having its way as it first captured Iraq’s largest oil refinery and now moves freely between the two countries. Control of territory in north-eastern Syria helped Isis capture Mosul, Iraq’s third-largest city. Money and arms flow easily. Croatian-made

Only one country less peaceful than Afghanistan

Only one country is less peaceful than Afghanistan

Jun 20, 2014
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The Vimy Report

Sorry Afghans, your place at the bottom of the Global Peace Index has been taken over by none other than Syria. That’s what happens when a country allegedly uses chemical weapons on its own country. Those weapons are on their way out of the country but apparently not fast enough. The United States is a couple of spots below Haiti. For

Extremists take over Iraq’s biggest oil refinery

Everyone confirms extremists take over Iraq’s biggest oil refinery; state says, “What takeover?”

Jun 19, 2014
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The Vimy Report

In the age of information where multiple sources are easily found to independently confirm a situation, it is startling to see the state attempt to try to control the message. The refinery in Baiji, north of Baghdad has been under attack and the Sunni extremists are in control, as confirmed by eyewitnesses, refinery workers and an Iraqi army officer. Not

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