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RUSI in the News 10-16 DecemberNews, 15 December 2016
Cairo bombing: Isis attacks all Egyptians and Islam when it strikes Coptic Christians
Those who carried out the attack on Sunday attacked more than the symbol of Egyptian Christianity. They attacked Egyptians, and Islam alongside them. Sectarian incitement, and the violence it informs, is a scourge – and all must take seriously, and reject the cynicism of tolerating, or even using it, for political ends.
Daesh and Aleppo
With the global coalition against Daesh meeting in London, Dr Karin von Hippel discusses the latest development in light of the Syrian regime's takeover of Aleppo.
Quoted in the Media
Chief of Defence Staff Lecture
RUSI recieved coverage of the Chief of Defence Staff Annual Lecture in:
The Syrian Conflict
Why the war in Syria won’t end with the battle for Aleppo
Defence experts warn of 'disaster' for Britain after Donald Trump suggests undoing 'out of control' F-35 fighter jet project
Liz Quintana, air power expert at the Royal United Services Institute agreed that if America decided to cancel the programme, it would leave Britain and other European allies who have placed orders "a bit stuck".She said there was no alternative so-called fifth generation stealth fighter available anywhere else, or even on the drawing board.
She said: "The US Air Force would be as stuck as anyone else in terms of what it buys instead."
‘Israel’s new stealth fighters unable to damage Iranian nuclear sites’
“It’s not a perfect aircraft for operations against Iran by any means, but it’s certainly better suited to penetrating modern air defenses than anything else the Israeli air force operates at the moment,” according to Justin Bronk, a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute, a UK-based military think-tank.
But as Ewan Lawson, senior research fellow for military influence at the Royal United Services Institute, explained to The World Weekly, Russian foreign policy is not always “coherent” and centralised, but instead can be characterised as “a series of fragmented actors operating within a broad sense of direction”. In other words, not being able to trace the hacks directly back to Vladimir Putin does not mean they aren’t his policy.
The fight against Daesh
US-backed Iraqi troops gain more ground in Mosul despite ISIS resistance
“There is little doubt that the fight ISIS has put up is more than was expected. The problem is made worse by the lack of available forces that can successfully close the noose around Mosul and get ISIS to divert resources away from defending the eastern side of the city,” he said.