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Counterinsurgency news and analysis from The Nation
April 3, 2017
Trump Embraces the Most Repressive Dictator in Modern Egyptian History
President Sisi presents himself as a faithful ally in the war on terror, so Trump will ignore the tens of thousands he’s imprisoned.
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
March 9, 2017
I Was Part of the Iraq War Surge. It Was a Disaster.
The 2007 surge strategy wasn’t a success—and it’s not a template to follow.
December 13, 2016
Remembering El Mozote, the Worst Massacre in Modern Latin American History
For decades, justice was denied and survivors were afraid to talk. But recently an international court found the government guilty, and a local judge has reopened a case against the perpetrators.
Sarah Esther Maslin
October 7, 2016
Should Colombian President Santos Decline the Nobel Peace Prize?
That’s what Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho did in 1973. Whatever Santos does, let’s hope he uses the award to advance the cause of peace.
July 7, 2016
The Most Important US Air Force Base You’ve Never Heard Of
Ramstein, Germany, is the hub for America’s global drone war, from North Africa to South Asia.
April 15, 2016
Time for a US Apology to El Salvador
Obama recently expressed regret for US support of Argentina’s “dirty war.” It’s time Washington did the same regarding our active backing of right-wing butchery in El Salvador.
April 5, 2016
How Hillary Clinton Militarized US Policy in Honduras
She used a State Department office closely involved with counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq to aid the coup regime in Honduras.
March 4, 2016
How Much Did the US Know About the Kidnapping, Torture, and Murder of Over 20,000 People in Argentina?
Now, President Obama has the chance to apologize for American complicity in the dirty war.
Martin Edwin Andersen
February 10, 2016
Syrian Government Offensive, Aided by Intensive Russian Bombing, Directly Targets Civilian Infrastructure
Mass displacement increasingly appears to be the aim of the military operation, not just a side effect, humanitarian aid officials say.
October 6, 2015
The US Massacre in Kunduz Exposes the Bankruptcy of Obama’s National-Security Policy
Air power inflicts horrific human-rights violations and has been thoroughly discredited as a means of fighting insurgencies.