Day 150 of the Russo-Ukrainian War

On July 9, Britain’s largest circulation newspaper, the Daily Mail, claimed Ukrainian officials believed Ukraine was "suffering more than 20,000 casualties a month;" and, currently: "200 troops are killed and 800 wounded daily." Moreover, there were: "fears that the true scale of losses is being understated." This casualty count jibes with a June 15 Axios … Continue reading “Day 150 of the Russo-Ukrainian War”

Bad Moon Rising: Iraq on the Eve of Tet Offensive 2.0

Victor Charlie debuted in 1954 as the Saigon-Cholon Peace Committee. Mid-1950s Vietnamese revolutionaries, inside US-occupied zones, morphed into: "the Front" – joining patriotic, Buddhist and peace societies en masse. By 1962, 250,000 activists enlivened myriad societies whilst gathering info for a secret leadership. A campaign targeting Vietnamese who collaborated with Americans, launched in 1957, ratcheted-up … Continue reading “Bad Moon Rising: Iraq on the Eve of Tet Offensive 2.0”

Trump’s Katyusha Conundrum

Katyushas are short-range, unguided artillery rockets typically fired in salvos from truck-mounted launch-tubes. Iraq’s insurgents deploy three types. The smallest is 107 millimeters in diameter and 1 meter long. Its 19 kilogram weight includes an 8 kg high-explosive, shrapnel-bearing warhead. The 107mm is often fired from a 12-tube launcher, however, infantry-portable single-tube tripods are common. … Continue reading “Trump’s Katyusha Conundrum”