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By William Tucker

Five Turkish citizens were killed near the border with Syria today prompting a small retaliatory strike from the Turkish military. Turkey’s Prime Minister also contacted the UN and NATO to apprise them both of the situation. NATO reiterated that it will not intervene in Syria; however the alliance stands ready to defend Turkey. At this point it is unknown if the attack on Turkey was deliberate.

By William Tucker

In the wake of the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi security in Libya has been tenuous at best. The new government has struggled to simultaneously improve security, provide basic services, and stabilize crude oil production. The struggle, however, does not indicate the government has completely failed in this regard, instead it simply recognizes the challenges of reestablishing governance and security in a large nation with a small, widespread population.

By William Tucker

On the 22nd of this month the Commander-in-Chief of the Free Syrian Army stated that the leadership of the group will move from Turkey into opposition controlled areas of Syria. The move may represent confidence that the opposition has in its ability to fight the Syrian regime, but it may also represent an attempt by the leadership council to bring the disparate elements of the Syrian opposition under a single command.

By William Tucker

Over the past weekend there were several interesting pieces in the media regarding Iran. Siemens, a German engineering firm, was accused by Tehran of sabotaging equipment destined for Iran with explosives. Naturally, the Iranian government did not state where the Siemens equipment was coming from. Because of the current sanctions regime sales of certain equipment to Iran is prohibited. Iran then claimed to have discovered a listening device.

By Judy Martin
Special to InMilitaryEducation.com

Right to the point. “Work stress is a major problem,” David Ballard PhD, told me recently in an e-mail exchange. He heads up the American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. Workplace stress is not news. But how companies are handling the issue is worth a gander.

By William Tucker

Somali residents of Kismayo have reported to several media outlets that al-Shabaab militants are leaving the southern port city. Kismayo is known as the last al-Shabaab stronghold in Somalia. In response to the reports, the Somali military has made public statements about an impending assault on the city, while al-Shabaab is denying that they have left. Residents in the city have said that some militants remain, however.

By William Tucker

Early last week protests erupted in Egypt over a film defaming Islam and soon spread throughout the Muslim world. Although protests have also been seen in Europe, they have not reached the size or violence seen primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. While the protests may have been organic in nature at first, they will not remain so.