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By William Tucker

The Syrian conflict has been anything but linear. With a fragmented opposition lacking a formal command and control structure coordinating forces fighting against an entrenched regime backed by Iran and Hezbollah it is hard to imagine that the war would be linear. This is a greater problem for the rebels than it is for the government as the opposition is forced to use creative methods to acquire supplies.

By William Tucker

Two days after India concluded its “Iron Fist” military exercise near the city of Jaisalmer, Indian police announced they had arrested a Pakistani spy living in the region where the exercises took place. Following a tip, authorities raided the home of the alleged spy and found “strategically important documents” along with a collection of cell phones.

By William Tucker

Since the inception of the Syrian uprising, IHS has discussed the international dimension of the conflict, but the initial posturing by regional and international powers, though discernible, was largely opaque. As the civil war has drug on the hand of foreign interlopers has become visible in the form of continuing support for the Assad regime from Russia and Iran, while many Arab and Western nations have provided support to the rebels.

By William Tucker

Thailand’s troubled south experienced one of the largest militant attacks in several years yesterday leaving 16 militants dead in the assault. Locals in the area tipped off the Thai military a few days prior to the attempted assault allowing for a successful defense of the targeted base. Unfortunately, the Malay insurgency doesn’t get much international coverage and only larger skirmishes are report.

By William Tucker

North Korea conducted their third nuclear test today reaching a seismic magnitude of approximately 5.1. This is quite higher than their previous two nuclear tests reaching a suspected yield of between 6-7 kilotons. Pyongyang stated at this test was of a miniature nuclear device; however we have no evidence to confirm that claim. Furthermore, some analysts are claiming that this may have been a device using enriched uranium.

By Craig Gilman
Faculty Member at American Military University

The You Served For America, Now Teach For America initiative aims to bring top military professionals to our nation’s highest-need schools by partnering with branches of the military and veterans’ organizations to identify candidates for the program. Former U.S. Army staff sergeant and 2009 Teach For America alumnus Shaun Murphy will lead this new initiative and has a goal of tripling the number of military participants in the next two years.

By William Tucker

Bulgarian authorities and EU investigators have stated that they believe the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah was behind the July 18th, 2012 bombing that killed six people. In response, Hezbollah denied the charges, but the damage has been done. The U.S. has been pressuring the EU to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and these recent findings will likely support the U.S. position.

By William Tucker

Multiple media reports on January 30th, 2013, stated that the Israeli air force had struck a convoy of missiles on the Syrian-Lebanese border. As the day went on other news outlets began reporting that the target was a fixed military facility near Damascus that was still under control of the Assad regime. It didn’t take long before speculation became mixed with unverified reports in this situation.

By Craig Gilman
Faculty Member at American Military University

When you wear your uniform and look into the mirror, what do you see? What characteristics do you possess that caused you to dedicate yourself to years, if not a lifetime, of service to a cause greater than yourself? The following is a summary of the personal, professional, and other traits that school principals look for when they consider hiring new teachers.