While you were distracted by the World Cup and whatever stupid thing leading Republican politicians have recently said, Afghanistan almost descended into another civil war.
But as Western officials scrambled to respond, what was not being said aloud was that the Abdullah camp’s threats had already gone beyond talk to a plan of action. Some of Mr. Abdullah’s backers were preparing to take over the centers of government in at least three provinces, and on his word to march on and occupy the presidential palace, according to several of his supporters and former government officials.The Afghan security forces were sympathetic to Abdullah Abdullah and would not fight to defend President Hamid Karzai's government.
Secretary Kerry managed to broker a deal that defused the situation for now, but this was interrupted by the most deadly car bomb in Afghanistan since 2001.
No matter which country you look at, if America bombed it recently, its in chaos now.
However, Afghanistan is not the most chaotic situation that we've left behind.
Believe it or not, that award does NOT go to Iraq. Instead it goes to Libya. Yes, Libya is even more messed up than Iraq, but you would hardly know it by watching the American news media.
(Reuters) - A militia shelled Tripoli airport, destroying 90 percent of planes parked there, a Libyan government spokesman said, as heavy fighting between armed groups prompted the United Nations to pull its staff out of the North African country.
"The government has studied the possibility to bring international forces to enhance security," he told reporters On Tuesday.
To give you an idea of how bad things have gotten in Libya, those rivals militias that just destroyed the Tripoli airport and caused the UN to leave is NOT the biggest problem that the Libyan government has. It's biggest problem is a former CIA-asset.
Hiftar claimed he has 70,000 soldiers behind him, including the remnants of the shattered Gaddafi-era air force, navy and army. Brigades in the cities of Misrata and Tripoli allegedly are on standby to move in when he marches west. He has at least eight MiG fighter jets and four attack helicopters to boot.
“Sixty percent of our goals are completed, we destroyed the militias’ bases,” he told The Daily Beast. He claimed that in less than three months he will move on the capital to topple the current government. He plans to send all 200 members of Libya’s outgoing parliament, the Islamist-dominated General National Congress, to trial...
Hiftar said he has styled himself on Khalid Ibn Walid, a 6th-century military commander and companion of the Prophet Mohamed, who conquered lands from Spain to Persia and oversaw the unification of a vast caliphate.
The war in Iraq has mostly stalemated in recent weeks, but ISIS is still making gains.
Sunni rebels led by the Islamic State group have attacked a town north of Baghdad and seized local government buildings, police and witnesses said.However, that isn't the really bad news. What is disturbing is a Pentagon report that came out just yesterday concerning the make-up of the Iraqi army.
The fighters, in 50-60 vehicles, stormed the town of Dhuluiya, about 70km north of Baghdad early on Sunday, to take control the mayor's office, municipal council building and the police station.
A Pentagon draft assessment of Iraq's security forces has concluded that only approximately half of the country's military units are capable of being advised by American commandos, and many units have been infiltrated by either Sunni insurgent informants or Shiite militia members backed by Iran, according to a published report...
Among the other conclusions reached in the draft assessment, the paper reported, was that Iraqi forces may not be able to defend Baghdad if the militants attacked the capital in large numbers. The Times also said that the report concluded that Iraq forces were not capable on their own of reversing gains made by ISIS, a conclusion noted by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in public comments earlier this month.
Pakistan has launched an all-out offensive in its tribal regions that has forced an incredible 800,000 people from their homes. At least that is how many have registered. The actual number is probably much higher. Very quietly this has become one of the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.
The fall of Amran City last week to Houthi extremists was a clear sign that the situation in Yemen is rapidly sliding toward chaos, unless fundamental steps are taken to shore up the transitional government to complete the task of restoring peace, security and economic prosperity in Yemen.Amran is just 50km from the capital of Sanaa.
On July 8, Houthi forces ran over the city after weeks of siege and took over government institutions as well as military camps, including the 310 Armored Brigade. The brigade commander, Hamid Al-Qushaibi, 73, was captured and reportedly executed soon afterwards.