Obama this week made clear that he would continue to resist putting more boots on the ground in Syria following the Paris attacks. Speaking at the G20 summit in Turkey, he said “part of the reason is that every few months I go to Walter Reed [military hospital] and I see a 25-year-old kid who is paralysed or has lost his limbs, and some of those are people who I have ordered into battle”. … [Read more...] about Obama’s drone war a ‘recruitment tool’ for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers
A $500m effort over the last two years by the United States to train Arab opposition forces in Syria failed. General Lloyd Austin, commander of US Central Command, told the Senate last month that it had resulted in only a handful of fighters actively battling the jihadi army. “We’re talking four or five,” Austin said. … [Read more...] about Obama orders US special forces to ‘assist’ fight against Isis in Syria
“Our goals here have to be aggressive and leave no stone here, but also recognise this is not conventional warfare,” said the president. “We play into the Isil narrative when we act as if they are a state and we use routine military tactics that are designed to fight a state that is attacking another state. That’s not what’s going on here.” … [Read more...] about Obama rules out Syria ground invasion in passionate defence of Isis strategy
2 September: Cameron condemns the “disgusting and despicable” video apparently showing Isis militants beheading Sotloff, who is wearing an orange jumpsuit. The alleged killer speaks with a British accent, prompting suggestions he is the same man who killed Foley. It emerges that a British hostage, now known to be aid worker David Haines, is also under threat. … [Read more...] about Timeline: Isis hostage killings
The paradox is that, if it had the open support of the SNP, a list-only party could provide a theoretical route to producing a larger cohort of pro-independence MSPs. But at the same time, it is difficult for the SNP to support it without risking their own position. … [Read more...] about Could a new independence party reshape Scottish politics?