- ISIS is starting to suffer [AP] setbacks [NYT] in Iraq and Syria. Killing their momentum might go some way to dispel their mystique and make it harder for them to recruit and motivate jihadists. But in August during the battle for control of the Mosul dam they’ve shown they were willing to remain mobile rather than stand ground they couldn’t keep.
- The Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is on their way back to Iraq [Defense One], as insurgents continue to make heavy use of roadside bomb attacks.
- The New York Times reported in detail last month how US troops were exposed to old chemical weapons in Iraq between 2004 and 2011, but didn’t receive adequate care. This has led the Pentagon to acknowledge that more than 600 people were exposed to chemicals during that campaign.
- Egypt awarded a 2nd contract to Swiftships Shipbuilding for 6 35m patrol boats, according to the company. They’re very similar to the ships operated by Iraq. Research firm Business Monitor International projects swift growth in Egypt’s military spending, but one wonders where the money is supposed to come from.
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