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March C-IED Newsletter 2015
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In the UK Spring starts on Friday 20 March 2015, so as well as looking ahead to this welcome change of season, we’re taking an insightful and interesting look back at the history of bomb disposal. Can you guess who was the first known bomb squad and who they were deployed against? Ten Nexus Defence points if you can!
We’ll take our usual look at some of the global situations that are affecting our everyday news. From IS to nuclear deals looking to be brokered there is some meaty reading to digest within this issue.
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From the Nexus Defence Team
Bomb Disposal History
In 1903 the New York City Police Department was the first to establish a municipal bomb squad in the United States. They were known as the “Italian Squad”, and their primary mission was to deal with dynamite bombs used by the Mafia to intimidate immigrant Italian merchants and residents.
Over 50 Islamic State militants killed in clashes northern Iraq
Shingal, Kurdistan Region: More than 50 militants of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) were killed in Shingal overnight as Peshmerga forces repelled a four-pronged attack on Kurdish positions in the city, a military commander told Rudaw on Monday [2 March].
General Hashim Sitayi, commander of the Kurdish forces, in Shingal said that the militants renewed attacks on Peshmerga positions around 0500 am Monday local time [0300 gmt], targeting his troops with three bomb-laden vehicles.
“We have casualties among our brave Peshmerga but also more than 50 dead bodies of IS in our hands,” General Sitayi told Rudaw. “We have strongly repelled the offensive, although the battle is still continuing,” he said.
Peshmerga forces broke a four-month siege on the Shingal Mountain last December and recaptured parts of the town, but were unable to advance due to minefields planted in the city by the militants.
Sitayi said coalition airstrikes were involved in the overnight attacks on the militants.
“We have control of the situation in Shingal, but there are sporadic mortar shots in and around Shingal,” he added.
Shingal’s Mayor Maisar Haji Salih told Rudaw earlier that the militants had launched a four-pronged attack on Kurdish positions late Sunday night.
Air strikes also targeted militant positions in the Gwer area east of Kirkuk on Saturday, halting an ISIS advance across the Khazir Lake.
“We continually coordinate with coalition fighter jets which fly almost constantly overhead,” Lieutenant Muhammad Karim told Rudaw.
Meanwhile, the Kurdish military began digging a 70-kilometer long ditch around the border towns of Zumar and Rabiaa, which they say will protect both the Peshmerga and the residents from suicide bombings.
First Lieutenant Nahro Haji told Rudaw that the two-meter deep ditch will effectively hinder vehicles with explosives from crossing the Nineveh plains and target positions inside the cities.
“It has already deterred the militants from sending in suicide vehicles and residents feel safer now with the ditch,” Haji said.
Rudaw website, Arbil, in Sorani Kurdish 02 Mar 15
Russian national convicted for financing Islamic State
A resident of the Republic of Bashkortostan has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for financing the terrorist group Islamic State, the press service of the regional Federal Security Service (FSB) directorate has told privately-owned Russian news agency Interfax on 2 March, as reported on the same day.
Radik Gilvanov (born in 1980) was found guilty of supporting terrorist activity under Article 205.1 of the Russian Criminal Code by the Sibay City Court. He had been raising money by asking people of Sibay to make charity donations to aid Muslims, according to the press service.
“It has been proven that in 2012-2014 Gilvanov sent no less than R90,000 (approximately 3,000 dollars at the time) of the funds obtained in such way while being aware that the funds would go towards purchasing weaponry, ammunition and clothing,” the press service said.
“During the investigation the evidence was gathered that he had been intentionally providing financial aid to militants of the Islamic State while being aware that militant Islam, the illegal armed group’s ideological foundation, suggests the necessity of fighting (jihad – Interfax) for establishing a global Caliphate and setting up radical Islamic order on territories of particular states and regions,” he said.
The sentence was announced in 17 February and came into effect on 27 February.
Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0850 gmt 2 Mar 15
Achieving a weak nuclear deal will thrill the arms-control crowd but do little to erode Iran’s campaign to control the Middle East.
This weekend’s Sunday-morning talk shows remained focused on Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and its possible effect on the ongoing talks with Iran on its nuclear program.
In the meantime, a seemingly innocuous but related event Sunday morning was lightly reported: Yesterday morning, Mahan Air of Iran landed its first commercial flight to Yemen in decades. Even though there is no passenger traffic of almost any sort between Yemen and Iran, Yemen’s new Shiite government and Teheran have scheduled 14 direct flights per week between the two countries. This first flight was delivering “medical aid.” Ah, of course. Mahan Air, a “private” airline, was called out in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Treasury “for providing financial, material, and technological support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).” Treasury designated the airline a material and transportation supporter of terrorism, saying: “Based in Tehran, Mahan Air provides transportation, funds transfers and personnel travel services to the IRGC-QF.”
In Treasury’s 2011 press release on this matter, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said: Mahan Air’s close coordination with the IRGC-QF — secretly ferrying operatives, weapons, and funds on its flights — reveals yet another facet of the IRGC’s extensive infiltration of Iran’s commercial sector to facilitate its support for terrorism. Following the revelation about the IRGC-QF’s use of the international financial system to fund its murder-for-hire plot, today’s action highlights further the undeniable risks of doing business with Iran.
The general pattern, evident over years, shows that Iran has a well-oiled machine for smuggling massive quantities of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza strip. Despite the enormous political and military investment in Yemen over the past decade, the U.S. and its European allies fled the country over the past weeks, as it sank into chaos. Iran saw its chance and was in like a shot. This move is part and parcel of Iran’s national strategy: exporting its revolution through specialized military and intelligence units, gaining hegemony over the Gulf region and the greater Middle East, pushing the U.S. out of the region, and isolating and weakening, if not helping to dismember Israel.
In just the past five years, Iran has created or consolidated well-armed satrapies from the Turkish border to the Gulf of Aden, and from the Mediterranean and Red Sea to the heart of Afghanistan.
The Middle East may be the graveyard of most foreign policies, but Iran’s, by contrast, has been remarkably successful over the past decade. And its success has accelerated dramatically over the last five years. And yet U.S. policy has largely failed to focus on comprehensively confronting, arresting, and rolling back the threat of an increasingly hegemonic Iran. Instead, our Iranian policy — outside of Treasury sanctions — seems to be centered almost entirely on achieving and then celebrating some kind of nuclear deal. (This is the subject of my speech today at AIPAC.)
There is no doubt that Iranian nuclear weapons would change the balance of power dramatically; inevitably, they would start a nuclear-arms race throughout the Middle East. And we should be more concerned with Iran’s nuclear ambitions than with North Korea’s programs for the simple geopolitical reason that North Korea is a weak state surrounded by strong states while Iran is a strong state surrounded by weak states. Even so, Iran’s nuclear ambitions are just a means — a tool. It is Iran’s geo-strategy on which we should be chiefly focused, not the details of getting a nuclear-arms agreement. Others have written sensibly about why a bad nuclear deal is much worse than no deal, and I do believe that the priests and priestesses of the arms-control crowd are head-down in technical details and hell-bent on getting to any deal, no matter how weak.
It is the way they define success — damn its strategic relevance. But doing any deal right now — at the very moment when Iran is achieving unprecedented success in its campaign to destabilize the entire region — is like cheering about saving a tree as the forest burns all around. It is strategically incongruous, if not ultimately debilitating, to be having a let’s-reach-a-deal dialogue with Iran right now on this one set of means. It’s not the bomb; it’s the strategy that is our problem.
— John Hillen is the chairman of National Review and a former assistant secretary of state.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com
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