Will Ash Carter's Hail Mary Pass To Reboot The Anti-ISIS Coalition Actually Work?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter seems to get the reality that the so-called “coalition” of 66 countries that are supposedly fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria is a sham. Most of these countries are contributing nothing to the fight and many that once did have ceased doing so. This week, he will attempt to do…

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Saddam Strikes Back: Iraq's Failed Invasion Of A Saudi City During Desert Storm

When most people think about Desert Storm, they probably imagine Saddam and his forces being contained and battered from the sky before being conquered in a 100 hour ground offensive. Yet the Battle of Khafji was the only instance Iraqi ground forces attempted to land a meaningful blow on the coalition on its own…

B-1B Bombers Are The Aerial Weapon Of Choice For Supporting Iraq's Ramadi Offensive

High above the battleground of Ramadi, Iraq, B-1B Lancer bombers circle like vultures, waiting for targeting information and using their own keen eyes to locate potential enemies to destroy. It is just another reminder of how a bomber that has had a tough time finding its identity has turned into an arsenal ship of…

Turkey Sends Troops And Armor Into Iraq Without Approval In Mysterious Move

Late last week, hundreds of Turkish troops and about 20 tanks made their way across the Iraqi border, and south to the town of Bashiqa, located just a dozen or so miles northeast of ISIS-held Mosul. The Iraqi government was caught seemingly totally off guard by this move. As a result the Iraqis have demanded Turkey…

Wait, Obama Is Just Now Sending A Hunter-Killer Spec Ops Team To Fight ISIS?

The Pentagon and the Obama Administration announced yesterday that a team of between 100 and 200 special operations forces will be sent to Iraq to hunt down ISIS leadership and key intelligence. While this may sound like a solid move against the terror group, the timing of this deployment is just another symptom of a…

Helmet Cam Video Shows Raid On ISIS Prison Where U.S. Delta Force Operator Died

Helmet-cam video has emerged from what is said to have been the raid on an ISIS prison compound south of Kirkuk last Thursday. The operation resulted in some 69 hostages saved and one of America’s finest special forces soldiers killed. This marked the first official combat death of an American soldier in Iraq since…

Iraqi F-16 Crash In Arizona Is Another Blow To Troubled Training Program

An Iraqi Air Force F-16D went down near the town of Douglas, along the Arizona-New Mexico border late last night. The jet was reportedly the inaugural F-16 delivered with Iraqi colors and the condition of its pilot, reportedly an Iraqi airman training in the U.S., remains unknown. The crash has sparked a large fire…

Dutch F-16 Pilots Now Flying Over ISIS Territory With Sub Machine Guns

After a Jordanian F-16 pilot was captured and burned alive in a steel cage, Dutch F-16 crews are being armed with Brugger & Thomet MP9 sub-machine guns. The idea being: if a pilot ejects, they can hold off the enemy long enough for a combat search and rescue unit to arrive. More firepower gives them a fighting chance.

An Intelligence Vet Explains ISIS, Yemen, and "the Dick Cheney of Iraq"

Today marks the beginning of what I hope will be many opportunities to introduce true practitioners in the world of spying and killing to Phase Zero readers. Our first guest is Malcolm Nance, a 34-year veteran intelligence officer who has worked the Iraq mission since 1987, fighting in all of our Middle East wars…

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The Amazing OV-10 Bronco Was Never Allowed To Meet Its Full Potential

The OV-10 Bronco was a flying and fighting do-all sport utility vehicle. It could loiter for hours, direct fire onto the enemy, pack paratroopers and cargo, or attack with its own weapons. Many think it was retired right when it could have become most useful and that it would have been the perfect light air support

American Apache Attack Choppers Quietly Join The Fight Against ISIS

It appears that the world's premier attack helicopter, the Boeing AH-64 Apache, has entered into the fight against a resilient ISIS that continues to hold key cities throughout western and northern Iraq. Apache combat operations marks a significant escalation in both capability and risk by the US when it comes to…

Watch This GBU-12 Laser Guided Bomb Obliterate An ISIS Cannon

ISIS has gotten their hands on many types of artillery pieces as they have seized Syrian and Iraqi weapons caches. Denying them this standoff capability is a top priority for the growing anti-ISIS air power coalition. In this case, a GBU-12 Paveway II 500lb laser guided bomb absolutely obliterates what looks like a