i don’t get why you would take french as a serious and beautiful language when we use the same word for lawyer and avocado
Nine Days of Brooklyn Nine-Nine - day 3: Favorite Male Character - Terry Jeffords
"I was born ready! And then I was not born ready for a while, but now I’m back to being born ready!"
The Haunted Dollhouse~
(I want this so very much)
"And that he’s willing to take the risk of bringing him back into the firm and keeping him there, so I think he does really like him." (x)
He did that for me?
This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.
- The ICC will probe possible war crimes in the Central African Republic.
- Fighters in Nigeria’s Boko Haram drive fear in neighboring Cameroon.
- The number of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan nears 2 million.
- French mountaineering guide Herve Gourdel was beheaded by Jund al-Khilafah, an Algerian extremist group who has aligned themselves with ISIS.
- The Syrian army has overrun the town of Adra al-Omalia, about 30km from Damascus.
- A great visual guide to ongoing strikes in Iraq and Syria.
- The British debate joining the airstrikes.
- The Al-Nusra Front leader Abu Yousef al-Turki was reportedly killed in strikes.
- International law and strikes inside Syria - from Just Security.
- The UAE’s bombing mission against ISIS targets was led by its first female fighter pilot, Mariam al-Mansouri. Fox News correspondents later joked that she represented “boobs on the ground”* and that she had probably been unable to park her jet.
- A newly-discussed terrorist element, Khorasan, appeared in the news this week. Khorasan is often misleadingly characterized in reports as a separate terrorist group, but this AP report is a really comprehensive explanation of who these people are.
- The White House has said that any ISIS prisoners captured will not end up in Guantánamo.
- The main theme of President Obama’s speech at the UN this week was ISIS and the plans to combat them.
- The US believes about 20 to 30 Americans are currently fighting in Syria.
- Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy, an Iraqi lawyer who fought for women’s rights, was executed by an ISIS firing squad after several days of torture — another instance of the group’s targeting of professional women.
- The IAEA rejected an Arab bid to push Israel to sign the global anti-nuclear weapons pact.
- Hamas and Fatah have reached an understanding that paves the way for a unity government.
- Radical cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted of terrorism charges in a Jordanian court.
- The US has ordered some diplomats out of Yemen. Is the country on the brink of civil war?
- Adam Baron on the myth of the “Yemen model” of counterterrorism.
- Ashraf Ghani is now officially Afghanistan’s president-elect.
- Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan seized the Ajrestan district of Ghazni province Thursday night, killing 70 people.
- A suspected drone strike killed 10 Uzbek and Pakistani militants near the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday.
- Photographer Massimo Berruti documents the injuries and traumas of victims of drone strikes.
- The US transferred 14 Pakistani prisoners from military detention to Pakistani custody.
- Human Rights Watch calls out abuses of political prisoners in Uzbekistan.
- 50 people were reported killed in Xinjiang last Sunday in what Chinese police are calling an act of terrorism.
- The US is preparing to ease the Vietnam arms embargo.
- Pro-Ukrainian residents remaining in the east live in a world of intense scrutiny and propaganda.
- Latvia fears Kremlin aggression.
- Hungary suspended gas supplies to Ukraine.
- The Treasury Dept named 12 Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
- Interpol is expanding its foreign fighters database.
- The FBI has identified the killer responsible for the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines, but is not revealing that information to the public.
- The US is undergoing a major atomic renewal, an overhaul and update of its nuclear weapons systems (despite previous ideas floated about disarmament).
- The Boston bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been delayed two months.
- Elliott Ackerman wrote a beautiful essay for The New Yorker about the two photos marking a beginning and a kind of end for his war.
*As well as being sexists, Fox correspondents also apparently do not have the greatest grasp of the difference between aerial bombing and ground warfare.
Photo: Suruc, Turkey. Syrian Kurd refugees gather at the Syrian-Turkish border. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty