Sunday, 26 December 2010

US Afghan war review: On track, down a cul-de-sac

Editorial | The Guardian
"Mr Obama's war strategy will fail because the two essential ingredients for a successful counterinsurgency campaign are missing: a legitimate and functioning national government, and the ability to deprive insurgents of external support."

'It's taken a year to move 20km'

A video clip from the Guardian newspaper on US Marines in Helmand, and also US Air Force para-jumpers.

IDF officers finish course on reducing civilian casualties

The Jerusalem Post
Signs of a positive reaction to the Goldstone report. However, it would be more ideal if all combat troops underwent Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) training, instead of only relying on a staff officer.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Marksmen share skills during AFSAM

Video showing the participation of the Canadian Army in the Armed Forces Skill-at-Arms Meeting (AFSAM) organised by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC).

Some of the competition events included obstacle clearing and simulated casualty evacuation.

Friday, 24 December 2010

The effects of mines on the battlefield

It's supposed to be a video on the trials of leadership, but I found it painful to watch the effects of an anti-personnel mine. Really glad that the Mine Ban Treaty is in place, although countries like the United States and Singapore have yet to ratify the Treaty.