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ISIS is an example of the changing face of warfare that I have written about here at Civilianmiliyaryintelligencegroup. Future war will not manifest as massive set piece battles and long staged invasions. The new warfare is extremely rapid, light, nimble, and strikes with good intelligence and little warning. In the minds of many westerners perhaps combat is preceded by large massed combined arms forces in the sinuous dusty lines of trucks and horses and infantry making their way to a town.

 

Perhaps it looked like that for most of history. Today more often than not it is a small force of well-armed well trained men who move into an area they have fully reconnoitered and they overwhelm with might and surprise a small gendarme protecting a power plant.

 

The army itself is crowd-sourced. They do not recruit from offices festooned with posters all while loitering around in uniforms. They ask for soldiers and they ask for weapons and money and intelligence through mediums like Twitter, Justpaste, Instagram and even leaving long emotional philippics against the west on Soundcloud. They talk to a global pool of Millennials that are not much different from our own generation of Millennials. Many are suspect of and disappointed by the general fruits of western culture.

 

What is particularly interesting is that the ISIS recruitment drive is not a local sell. It is not about putting down a specific group seen as enemies to Islam. They are framing this as a way to create a Caliphate, an orthodox Islamic state in the same way the Abasids and Fatimids. Looking at this as a marketer, they are creating a new higher brand that exists beyond destroying Israel or seeking revenge on America.

 

Southwest Airlines rebranded about 15 years ago with a new tagline: A New Symbol Of Freedom. The low cost high access airline provided working class people the ability to fly. So rather than frame themselves as another airline, they framed themselves as the airline that gave you the freedom to see your mom for a few hundred bucks. Or see a football game with your college roommate. Freedom is a higher goal than flying.

 

Building the Islamic State, then, is a higher goal than destroying Israel, so they are saying. The point here is that they are conducting this insurrection the way an ad agency would run a campaign. If I had an analogy, I would say ISIS is a little like Spartacus, in that the insurrection seems to be growing on the run. It’s a little like a small intelligence unit that creates new Twitter accounts faster than they can be brought down.

 

The story they tell is a moving one, redolent of the ages when Arabic Islamic states grew to be rich and powerful empires, not the lap dogs of western mining interests. They remind people that western armies drew the lines on a map you currently see in the Mideast. They convince disaffected youth that they can be a part of a huge global and “good” organization that sees the new Caliphate as lines drawn by God, not by British and French precepts.

 

Digital media has not been ignored by Jihadis. For many years on a website named Ogrish.com, Iraqi insurgents carefully filmed the roadside bombing of dozens of US Humvees and tanks. Then they placed these video online sometime even in slow motion, circling the tony figure that was an American soldier flying through the air.

 

What’s really surprising about ISIS is that they are sophisticated communicators, and they make the ‘hearts and minds’ doctrine that NATO and the US have adopted seem antiquated. I am not sure that that is a fair criticism it’s only just a perception.

 

Wall posters and graffiti are losing ground to cell phones and sharing apps, and a sophisticated communications hierarchy.

 

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Amazing Photo And Stories I found On Flickr.

by Daniel Russ on August 31, 2014

 

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Most likely Tuskegee Airmen in front of  an AT-7, the training version of the C-45  (Hawk 914 commented)

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Cologne Cathedral During WWII

 “I found this photo along with 19 others tucked inside a book that was sold for $1at a library booksale, where people donated books for the sale. I’m sure the original owner didn’t realize that these photos were left inside.”- Kevin Trotman

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Grandfather WWII – French Artillery 1940

1940 ”In Honor of the Reservists Deprived of Love”

 My Grandfather, second from the left. He received the Médaille Militaire

and the Croix de Guerre : he was hit by shrapnel, his horse was killed, but he continue to fight.

Prisonner of war, he undergoes surgery 5 times.

1940 ”En honneur des réservistes privés d’amour”

 Mon grand-père, 2e à partir de la gauche.

Reçu la Médaille Militaire et la Croix de Guerre pour bravoure au combat.

Il a continué le combat aprèes avoir été blessé par un obus qui avait également tué son cheval. Les Allemands l’ont opéré 5 fois alors qu’il était leur prisonnier de guerre. -(Phillipe M)

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Type 97 ShinhoTo Chi-Ha Tank, (Andrey Korchahgin)

 

 

Sources: Flickr

 

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