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Any failures in Iraq and Afghanistan
are due to political incompetence,
not flawed strategy

Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 5/28/2014 7:02:31 AM

The conclusions reached in "Wars in Peace", a publication by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which claims to offer an audit of Britain´s military campaigns since the end of the Cold War, makes for depressing reading, particularly its damning conclusion that the estimated £29 billion spent on the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in "strategic failure" and have had the effect of increasing Islamist-inspired terrorism. I have not yet had the opportunity to read the publication itself in full, but if the press reports of its contents are accurate then I profoundly disagree with the conclusions that

      


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Any failures in Iraq and Afghanistan
are due to political incompetence,
not flawed strategy
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 7:02:31 AM     Post Reply
The conclusions reached in "Wars in Peace", a publication by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which claims to offer an audit of Britain´s military campaigns since the end of the Cold War, makes for depressing reading, particularly its damning conclusion that the estimated £29 billion spent on the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in "strategic failure" and have had the effect of increasing Islamist-inspired terrorism. I have not yet had the opportunity to read the publication itself in full, but if the press reports of its contents are accurate then I profoundly disagree with the conclusions that

   

 

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UK troops to help free Nigeria girls:
Hundreds sent to country to assist local
forces in battle against Boko Haram
Daily Mail [UK], by David Williams, Ian Drury    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 12:47:27 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of British troops are set to be sent to Nigeria to help local forces in their war with Al Qaeda-linked terrorists holding nearly 300 schoolgirls hostage. Details of the planned deployment emerged as Nigerian officials claimed they now know where the girls are being held but warned any rescue attempt could lead to them being killed by the fanatical Islamist Boko Haram. Air Marshal Alex Badeh, Nigeria´s Chief of Defence Staff, said : ´The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are…but where they are held, can we go there with force? We can´t

‘Virgin killer’ was a
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Breitbart London [UK], by Milo Yiannopoulos    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 12:32:39 AM     Post Reply
A 22-year-old became the latest perpetrator of a “shooting rampage” this weekend when he killed six people before dying of a gunshot wound to the head. He claimed he was taking revenge on women for a life of sexless scorn. Well, if I were a virgin at 22, I’d be angry too. But I’ll let you into a secret: in no meaningful way was this killer a misogynist, as some are claiming. He was simply insane. It isn’t hard to imagine why Elliot Rodger struggled with girls. He was a pretty boy but self-conscious, theatrical and obviously disturbed. Despite his

Sir Christopher Lee marks 92nd
birthday releasing heavy metal
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Daily Express [UK], by Felicity Thistlethwaite    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 4:53:30 PM     Post Reply
He´s never been one for following the trend, and it would seem this London-born actor is determined to make a lasting impression on his fans. Lord Of The Rings star Sir Christopher Lee has celebrated his 92nd birthday by releasing a heavy metal version of the Frank Sinatra classic My Way. It is one of seven tracks on an album called Metal Knight which he has recorded with an Italian band called Rhapsody of Fire. Sir Christopher, who turned 92 today, said: "The song My Way is a very remarkable song, it is also difficult to sing because you´ve got to

Everyone gets a perfect score!
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 4:26:49 PM     Post Reply
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog department created in 2011 to create a level financial playing field for American consumers, has scrapped its internal employee performance review process following revelations that nonunion workers and caucasians routinely scored better than unionized employees and minorities in 2013. The annual performance reviews award scores on a scale from 1 to 5 and are closely tied to salary raises, bonuses and career advancement. Instead of keeping the scores in place, agency leaders have decided to award all of their 1,100 employees ratings of ´5.´ An internal CFPB report released this month found that ´the average ratings

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Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 4:19:55 PM     Post Reply
In a stunning admission Tuesday afternoon, a senior White House official told reporters on a conference call that part of the continuing U.S. mission in Afghanistan will involve training security forces in that country to ´help us´ defeat al-Qaeda--not the other way around. The White House has sought to assure the press that the U.S. role after 2014 would be reduced to what President Barack Obama called ´an advisory role´ just an hour later. [Snip] ´We want to maintain a counterterrorism ability´ there to keep al-Qaeda in check, he said. ´We´re going to train Afghan security forces to help us

   

 

  


 
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Muslim groups are calling for a boycott of Cadbury after two of its products sold in predominately Islamic Malaysia were found to contain traces of pork. The discovery was made during a periodic check for non-halal ingredients in food products by the country´s Ministry of Health, which confirmed porcine DNA traces in its bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond. [Snip] "They have betrayed us Muslims by putting haram elements in the foods we consume," said Abu Bakar Yahya, a leader of Malay rights group Perkasa. told a news conference convened in Kuala Lumpur.

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