ISIS declares its captured territories in Iraq and Syria an Islamic caliphate called “The Islamic State”
With success in capturing and holding large portions of territory from Iraq and parts of Syria, the insurgent group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has formally declared itself as a caliphate, or an Islamic nation, and changed its name simply to “The Islamic State”. In a statement, ISIS said it had fulfilled the dream of establishing a worldwide center for Sunni Islam, with the group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi a “leader for Muslims everywhere”. This put’s ISIS’s new self-defined nation right in the middle of an already ongoing struggle for Iraqi Kurdistan to separate itself from Iraq, with several world leaders saying they support an independent Kurdistan. So now you’ve got Syria well into civil war, Iraq having multiple states and quasi-states overlapping each other for control of the region, and despite the US making some diplomatic triumphs, things have gone from bad to worse to worser in a short period of time, and this is well beyond what one or two outside nations alone can handle.
Daily Discussion: For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, tell us IHC, stories of relatives who fought in WWII
I know it’s been forever since we’ve had a Daily Discussion, but don’t hold it against me. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day in which Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to begin pushing back Germany. Do any of you have relatives that fought in World War II? If so, where did they serve and what did they do?
Eastern Ukraine set to vote on whether to secede. This situation isn’t getting better any time soon.
After weeks and weeks of violent clashes between the Ukranian military and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern half of the country, with government buildings, institutions and cities falling out of the grasp of the Ukranian government, it’s starting to look like full out civil war. And now, it looks like eastern Ukraine is ready to launch a referendum of its own to vote on whether it wants to split the country in two. It was reported that residents in Crimea voted 97% in favor of joining Russia, but it now looks very certain those results were (surprise) total b.s., so it will be interesting to see how eastern Ukraine “votes”.
Periodically throughout history, Russia gets a hair up its ass to invade another neighboring country— Finland will back me up on this— and in this short week so far, Russia has flooded the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea with over 16,000 troops and counting, claiming that in the turmoil in the Ukraine, Russian citizens in Crimea are being killed. Shit just went all crazy.
The US already has a pretty dominant position in robotic aerial warfare, and we’re working on our own fleet of ground and naval drones, and we’re not the only ones. Russia has been very busy the past few years putting together its own rolling robot legion of death. At this point, it might be hard not to imagine that any full scale water breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years could be fought almost totally through robots.
In every Cold War era movie involving nuclear war, there’s a long, complicated process of obtaining, matching, verifying, double and triple checking launch codes before nuking the shit out of the Russians. And this makes sense, considering the gravity of starting World War III and obliterating hundreds of millions of people. But in reality, for 20 years, the launch codes for every single one of America’s launch sites was 00000000. On purpose. Because while JFK’s idea of using cryptic launch codes was well intentioned, most generals figured that if the time came, they didn’t want to waste valuable seconds with verification when they could be nuking Moscow.