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War, Conflict, and History Newsletter-June 10, 2017



UPDATES on wars in Philippines, Afghanistan, Iran, and more…

War, Conflict, and History Newsletter-June 10, 2017


The war against ISIS (AKA the Islamic State) continues to mutate and grow. Violent attacks in the Philippines, Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere this past week all point toward ISIS. In response, the United States declared military involvement in aid of the Philippine government in the ongoing fighting in Mindanao, while in Afghanistan, the U.S. takes casualties in an attack likely connected to ISIS. Meanwhile, in Iran, one member of the sprawling, yet divided anti-ISIS coalition, endures what seems to be their first ISIS-directed or inspired terrorist attack.

And, while all of this was going on, America’s allies in the Middle East found themselves taking sides in a conflict (so far limited to diplomatic and economic combat) that pits Qatar (home to a large and important U.S. military base) against Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and others. At last report, Turkey was siding with Qatar.

In this edition of our War, Conflict, and History newsletter are links to articles and reports that will inform your knowledge of these events.


Anti-ISIS Campaign in the Philippines

13 Philippine Marines Killed in Battle Against Islamist Militants - The New York Times
The death toll may be the deadliest for government forces since they began battling to retake the city of Marawi, seized by groups linked to ISIS.


War in Afghanistan against ISIS

Two US troops killed, two others wounded in apparent insider attack
The incident occurred in Achin, an Islamic State stronghold along the Pakistan border.


The U.S Dives into the Philippines anti-ISIS Battle

The US Joins the Philippines in a Battle Against Militants - The Atlantic
The news of the cooperation is significant, because the country’s president had previously threatened to kick out U.S. troops.


Iran Attacks: The role of ISIS in Iranian Kurdistan

Iranian Kurds Are Implicated in Terrorist Attacks in Tehran - The New York Times
The authorities arrested 41 people as Iranians mourned the dead and evidence mounted that the attackers were homegrown.


Terror Attack in Iran: ISIS? Kurds?

Iranian Kurds Likely Responsible for ISIS Attacks in Tehran - The Atlantic
If confirmed, the news could represent a larger movement of Sunni Iranian Kurds attempting to overtake predominantly-Shiite Iran.


Wars of Iran Include Kurdish Conflicts

The History Guy: The Wars of Iran and Persia

The Wars of Iran Iranian troops battling Iraqi Tanks in the Iran-Iraq War Tweet

The modern nation of Iran is also known throughout much of history as the ancient nation of Persia. This is the same Persia which overran the Spartans at Thermopylae; the same Persia which fell to the conquering Macedonian, Alexander the Great; the same Persia which fought the Romans and their successors the Byzantines for centuries for dominance in the Near East. This is also the same Persia which fe…


Qatar Crisis Embroils America’s Middle East Allies