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28 November 2014


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A friend sent this along, and I found it interesting and relevant to recent issues: http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/11/wahhabism-isis-how-saudi-arabia-exported-main-source-global-terrorism

I found it interesting in regard to Col. Lang's reference to the Children's Crusade and the wannabe ISIS warriors studying Islam through the ". . .for Dummies" series.

By way of background, my recent interchange with the Col. on this is part of the animus of my comment as he disabused me of my ignornce:

Haralambos said...

Col., thank you for the download. I have spent most of the day skimming and reading it. I imagine there are several hundred of these current plus many past and wonder who on what staffs reads them and digests them for their superiors or those who might promote the authors or their careers. I am just an armchair philosopher and historian plus a sidewalk observer of the places I have ventured to.
Reply 26 November 2014 at 06:59 PM
turcopolier said...


"I imagine there are several hundred of these current plus many past" You imagine incorrectly. The reason DIA commissioned such a study of the human terrain of Anbar was that such a study did not exist. This one was widely read. pl
Reply 27 November 2014 at 08:51 AM

Please feel free to suggest corrections in the author's take.

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