Rene Tebel

The Afghan Taliban Tries Moderation

U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, provide assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20. U.S. service members are assisting the Department of State with an orderly drawdown of designated personnel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara), modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactions_to_the_fall_of_Kabul_(2021)#/media/File:August_20_2021_Evacuation_at_Hamid_Karzai_International_Airport.jpg

Various geopolitical pressures are set to produce a more moderate Taliban regime in the short-term – but sharia remains a red line.

Perim and Socotra: Can Yemen Maintain Its Territorial Integrity?


Mysterious construction activity suggests that foreign patrons are establishing military facilities on Yemeni territory, whether their erstwhile allies like it or not.

Virtue Out of Necessity: Turkey to Roll Out World’s First Drone Carrier

Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone, cc 4.0 Army.com.ua, modified, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bayraktar_TB2.jpg

In building the world’s first drone carrier, Ankara is making the most out of its exclusion from the F-35 program. But the plan isn’t perfect.

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