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Today You Don’t Need a Big Army To Be a Strong Military Power

TODAY YOU DON’T NEED A BIG ARMY TO BE A STRONG MILITARY POWER The pending triumph of quality over quantity. If we’ve got the smarts. Gabriel Elefteriu 18 July 2016 In Libya forces loyal to the UN-backed government in Tripoli are pressing ISIL hard in Sirte. UK and US advisers are said to be helping government forces with logistics and intelligence. This combination of small-scale but high-end Western military capabilities and low-grade but larger mass of local manpower is increasingly proving to be a battle-winning combination in today’s conflicts — perhaps even a war-winner, in the long term. In other […]

Overview: The anti-ISIL campaign and Europe’s security

On 26 November the prime minister made the case in parliament for extending anti-ISIL airstrikes from Iraq into Syria; he also took 103 questions from MPs on the matter. Before the debate the prime minister published a 35-page written response to a previous report by the Foreign Affairs Committee which had come out against the idea of airstrikes. David Cameron’s document provides answers to each point raised by the Committee and lays out the government’s intended approach – the strategy – with respect to Syria. In short, David Cameron argued that ISIL is a direct threat to the UK which must be tackled […]

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