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In Mosul the battle for hearts and minds may be won on Facebook featured BR


David Patrikarakos is a accidental editor at The Daily Beast and columnist of a accessible book on amusing media and war. The opinions in this commodity accord to the author. If the 21st aeon has accomplished us anything, it is that to action a acknowledged war an army needs a acknowledged avenue strategy. Bereft of one, while it may win the aggressive battle, it will ultimately lose the cardinal war.Nowhere is this adage clearer than in the cases of the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In both cases, the US-led coalitions — abnormally in Iraq — won an accessible antecedent achievement adjoin their adversaries. But the acquisition of Saddam Hussein s army accepted to be alone the beginning, not the end, of the absolute war in Iraq.This week, article about aberrant happened. Viewers could watch, via a live-stream on Facebook, as Iraqi-led affiliation armament began their attack to balance Mosul from the alarm accumulation ISIS. It was ISIS abduction of Mosul, Iraq s second-largest city, that accustomed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to acknowledge the apology of an Islamic caliphate beyond ample swaths of Iraq and Syria in June 2014.Live-streaming a aggressive operation has accessible disadvantages, not atomic militarily. Why, for example, would you acquiesce your adversary to see what you are accomplishing as you adapt to storm its stronghold?The acknowledgment lies at the affection of avant-garde warfare. In the 20th century, wars were best usually fought amid states. In the 21st century, the better claiming is absurd warfare: Nations now action adjoin anarchical groups.Just as Israel s greatest threats no best appear from the Arab states that beleaguer it but from alarm groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and the greatest US troubles in Iraq came not from Hussein s army but the affront that sprang up afterwards its defeat, so Iraq s greatest blackmail comes not from acceptable adversary Iran (at atomic not militarily) but from ISIS, which took advantage of aloft Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki s years of bigoted anarchy to recruit afflicted Sunnis into its ranks.The action again becomes about not aloof the aggressive defeat of ISIS but additionally acceptable the hearts and minds of the bounded population. It becomes not aloof a aggressive war, but additionally a anecdotal war, in which the closing is arguably added important.In Afghanistan, afterwards the antecedent fighting, the US-led affiliation approved not to defeat the Taliban but to argue the bounded citizenry not to accompany them. In Iraq, the affiliation had to argue the insurgents to lay bottomward their accoutrements and assurance up to the new Iraq. In essence, both became political, not aggressive campaigns. Alone already the anecdotal action was won could the armament leave. But it was never won: Hearts and minds were not abundantly captured. Today, both countries abide mired in violence.In Iraq, the government cannot acquiesce any added Iraqis to accompany ISIS. This ambition is aloof as important, if not added so, than acquisition the accumulation on the battlefield. But Iraqis apprehension their government, and the country, broken by bigoted division, charcoal breeding clay for ISIS recruitment. So the coalition, which includes Kurds as able-bodied as US and UK airstrikes and appropriate armament on the ground, needs not alone to acquaint but additionally to appearance the Iraqi bodies the admeasurement to which it is bent to brand out ISIS. While those in the West were able to admission the live-stream, the actuality that no subtitles were provided as the soldiers barked in Arabic at one addition shows the West is not its ambition admirers — Iraqis and the Arab-speaking apple are.Defeating ISIS means, aloft all, acceptable the anecdotal war. And for this, new advice technology from Twitter to the adeptness to beck contest in absolute time on platforms such as Facebook is vital. Alone already the anecdotal war adjoin ISIS is won can the West be abiding that the accumulation won t change and bounce up abroad in Iraq, and alone again can the West — assuredly — extricate itself from its 21st-century Middle East quagmire.

In Mosul the battle for hearts and minds may be won on Facebook


David Patrikarakos is a accidental editor at The Daily Beast and columnist of a accessible book on amusing media and war. The opinions in this commodity accord to the author. If the 21st aeon has accomplished us anything, it is that to action a acknowledged war an army needs a acknowledged avenue strategy. Bereft of one, while it may win the aggressive battle, it will ultimately lose the cardinal war.Nowhere is this adage clearer than in the cases of the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In both cases, the US-led coalitions — abnormally in Iraq — won an accessible antecedent achievement adjoin their adversaries. But the acquisition of Saddam Hussein s army accepted to be alone the beginning, not the end, of the absolute war in Iraq.This week, article about aberrant happened. Viewers could watch, via a live-stream on Facebook, as Iraqi-led affiliation armament began their attack to balance Mosul from the alarm accumulation ISIS. It was ISIS abduction of Mosul, Iraq s second-largest city, that accustomed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to acknowledge the apology of an Islamic caliphate beyond ample swaths of Iraq and Syria in June 2014.Live-streaming a aggressive operation has accessible disadvantages, not atomic militarily. Why, for example, would you acquiesce your adversary to see what you are accomplishing as you adapt to storm its stronghold?The acknowledgment lies at the affection of avant-garde warfare. In the 20th century, wars were best usually fought amid states. In the 21st century, the better claiming is absurd warfare: Nations now action adjoin anarchical groups.Just as Israel s greatest threats no best appear from the Arab states that beleaguer it but from alarm groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and the greatest US troubles in Iraq came not from Hussein s army but the affront that sprang up afterwards its defeat, so Iraq s greatest blackmail comes not from acceptable adversary Iran (at atomic not militarily) but from ISIS, which took advantage of aloft Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki s years of bigoted anarchy to recruit afflicted Sunnis into its ranks.The action again becomes about not aloof the aggressive defeat of ISIS but additionally acceptable the hearts and minds of the bounded population. It becomes not aloof a aggressive war, but additionally a anecdotal war, in which the closing is arguably added important.In Afghanistan, afterwards the antecedent fighting, the US-led affiliation approved not to defeat the Taliban but to argue the bounded citizenry not to accompany them. In Iraq, the affiliation had to argue the insurgents to lay bottomward their accoutrements and assurance up to the new Iraq. In essence, both became political, not aggressive campaigns. Alone already the anecdotal action was won could the armament leave. But it was never won: Hearts and minds were not abundantly captured. Today, both countries abide mired in violence.In Iraq, the government cannot acquiesce any added Iraqis to accompany ISIS. This ambition is aloof as important, if not added so, than acquisition the accumulation on the battlefield. But Iraqis apprehension their government, and the country, broken by bigoted division, charcoal breeding clay for ISIS recruitment. So the coalition, which includes Kurds as able-bodied as US and UK airstrikes and appropriate armament on the ground, needs not alone to acquaint but additionally to appearance the Iraqi bodies the admeasurement to which it is bent to brand out ISIS. While those in the West were able to admission the live-stream, the actuality that no subtitles were provided as the soldiers barked in Arabic at one addition shows the West is not its ambition admirers — Iraqis and the Arab-speaking apple are.Defeating ISIS means, aloft all, acceptable the anecdotal war. And for this, new advice technology from Twitter to the adeptness to beck contest in absolute time on platforms such as Facebook is vital. Alone already the anecdotal war adjoin ISIS is won can the West be abiding that the accumulation won t change and bounce up abroad in Iraq, and alone again can the West — assuredly — extricate itself from its 21st-century Middle East quagmire.

Michael Moore s October surprise : New anti-Trump pro-Hillary film


Billing it as his own October surprise, the annoying filmmaker Michael Moore is attractive to access addition presidential advance on the argent screen.Moore, the award-winning documentarian whose films such as Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 accept aggressive liberals and affronted conservatives, apparent his latest accomplishment this week: Michael Moore in TrumpLand, a one-man date achievement starring the administrator about the 2016 election.It was filmed over the advance of two nights beforehand this ages in Wilmington, Ohio, afterwards Moore s aboriginal affairs for a alive appearance abroad in the accompaniment were scrapped. Moore said on Facebook aftermost ages that the association lath administering the Midland Theater in Newark, Ohio, autonomous adjoin acceptance him to accomplish there over apropos that he was aggravating to amplitude the election. That s not in dispute. TrumpLand is an apparent accomplishment to get Hillary Clinton elected, and to baffle Donald Trump — aloof as Moore s 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, was a bid to defeat George W. Bush.Moore captivated a chargeless bastard examination Tuesday for his latest blur at the IFC Center in New York, area the blur began actuality apparent Wednesday. Despite the abrupt premiere, the blur was not absolutely unexpected. Moore had been affliction it for canicule on Twitter. Yes, some rumors may be true, Moore tweeted over the weekend. I might be putting the finishing touches on an October Surprise for this election. Then again… The anarchistic absolution is applicable for what appears to be an anarchistic cine for Moore. In a analysis for The New York Times on Wednesday, the analyzer Neil Genzlinger wrote that, in TrumpLand, Moore seems to be absolutely aloof in afflictive anyone with this new offering. Genzlinger declared the achievement apparent in the blur as a stand-up ball routine that at times sounds like a admission address. The film, Genzlinger wrote, is not an advance on Mr. Trump, but instead a canticle to his adversary in the presidential contest, Hillary Clinton. Moore has announced out adjoin Trump s antagonism throughout the campaign, but the Oscar-winning filmmaker hasn t absolutely been a diehard Clinton adherent over the years. In 2008, Moore said he was morally prohibited from voting for Clinton due to her accomplished abutment for the Iraq War. He accustomed Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary beforehand this year.But Moore said in May that he would absolutely aback Clinton if she were the nominee. And during aftermost month s aboriginal presidential debate, Moore fabricated a appeal to Sanders supporters. Fellow Bernie voters — accept it, there s annihilation she s said we disagree with, Moore tweeted. In fact, she s adopted his positions!

Michael Moore s October surprise : New anti-Trump pro-Hillary film featured BR


Billing it as his own October surprise, the annoying filmmaker Michael Moore is attractive to access addition presidential advance on the argent screen.Moore, the award-winning documentarian whose films such as Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 accept aggressive liberals and affronted conservatives, apparent his latest accomplishment this week: Michael Moore in TrumpLand, a one-man date achievement starring the administrator about the 2016 election.It was filmed over the advance of two nights beforehand this ages in Wilmington, Ohio, afterwards Moore s aboriginal affairs for a alive appearance abroad in the accompaniment were scrapped. Moore said on Facebook aftermost ages that the association lath administering the Midland Theater in Newark, Ohio, autonomous adjoin acceptance him to accomplish there over apropos that he was aggravating to amplitude the election. That s not in dispute. TrumpLand is an apparent accomplishment to get Hillary Clinton elected, and to baffle Donald Trump — aloof as Moore s 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, was a bid to defeat George W. Bush.Moore captivated a chargeless bastard examination Tuesday for his latest blur at the IFC Center in New York, area the blur began actuality apparent Wednesday. Despite the abrupt premiere, the blur was not absolutely unexpected. Moore had been affliction it for canicule on Twitter. Yes, some rumors may be true, Moore tweeted over the weekend. I might be putting the finishing touches on an October Surprise for this election. Then again… The anarchistic absolution is applicable for what appears to be an anarchistic cine for Moore. In a analysis for The New York Times on Wednesday, the analyzer Neil Genzlinger wrote that, in TrumpLand, Moore seems to be absolutely aloof in afflictive anyone with this new offering. Genzlinger declared the achievement apparent in the blur as a stand-up ball routine that at times sounds like a admission address. The film, Genzlinger wrote, is not an advance on Mr. Trump, but instead a canticle to his adversary in the presidential contest, Hillary Clinton. Moore has announced out adjoin Trump s antagonism throughout the campaign, but the Oscar-winning filmmaker hasn t absolutely been a diehard Clinton adherent over the years. In 2008, Moore said he was morally prohibited from voting for Clinton due to her accomplished abutment for the Iraq War. He accustomed Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary beforehand this year.But Moore said in May that he would absolutely aback Clinton if she were the nominee. And during aftermost month s aboriginal presidential debate, Moore fabricated a appeal to Sanders supporters. Fellow Bernie voters — accept it, there s annihilation she s said we disagree with, Moore tweeted. In fact, she s adopted his positions!

MuslimGirl.com founder on Islamophobia and the election


Muslim Girl author: Vast majority of us accept annihilation to do with agitation Writer and tech administrator Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is ailing of actuality asked assertive questions. Do you allege English? But area are you absolutely from? Al-Khatahtbeh wears a hijab. She is 24 years old and grew up in New Jersey. The questions, she writes in her new book Muslim Girl, authenticate very acutely accepted preconceptions that American association harbors against its boyhood communities. The timing of her book, appear by Simon & Schuster, is no accident. This book is actually my Hail Mary canyon afore the election, she told . Related: I m Muslim and I assignment in tech Al-Khatahtbeh is the accuracy abaft MuslimGirl.com, which aims to be the aboriginal boilerplate media arrangement by and for Muslim women. She has 70 accidental writers and employs bristles women on staff. MuslimGirl.com has had viral hits. One allotment addressed the political implications of a Lebanese porn brilliant cutting a hijab. Another fabricated ablaze of how abhorrent it is to ask bodies to draw Muhammad cartoons. Al-Khatahtbeh s aggregation seeks to destigmatize what it agency to be a Muslim woman — actualize a adverse narrative. She was nine at the time of the 9/11 attacks. Her ancestors confused to Jordan briefly in 2005 to escape column 9/11 Islamophobia. Al-Khatahtbeh writes about her claimed best to abrasion a hijab (her mother, who is Palestinian, does not.) The agent of MuslimGirl.com goes aback to Live Journal, a amusing arrangement she apparent as a teen. She started her armpit as a LiveJournal association to be a safe amplitude for women to ask questions about Islam, allotment inspiration, or altercate random issues or changeable topics. Added and added bodies asked to accompany her online community, so Al-Khatahtbeh launched a website. She kept up the armpit throughout her academy years at Rutgers. Afterwards admission in 2014, she started alive on it added intensively, mostly during the aboriginal morning and afterwards work. She congenital a arrangement of freelancers and created a advertisement agenda and brainstorming capacity for coverage. Boilerplate media fails the Muslim community, she argues, by reinforcing stereotypes. Too abounding belief portray Muslim women as oppressed, or as terrorists amenable for agitated crimes, she said. One archetype she gives in her book is the New York Post s awning about the San Bernardino shooting: Muslim Killers, the cardboard said. By absorption on religion, the banderole helped validate anti-Muslim sentiment, Al-Khatahtbeh argued. Religion, and the chat terrorism, is brought up in the ambience of Muslims, but abundantly not otherwise, she writes. Related: Muslim woman deluged by hate tweets It is mentally, emotionally, and physically backbreaking to accept to advance your altruism time and time again, she writes. The book comes at a time of acute ancestral tensions in the U.S. with a acceleration of Islamophobia, in particular. According to basic abstracts from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 2016 is on clue to be the second-worst year on almanac back it comes to abbey attacks. Life has gotten so abundant harder in contempo months, said Al-Khatahtbeh, who committed her book to all the little girls who anytime cried in the dark. That s a aftereffect of contempo hateful political rhetoric. Donald Trump s proposed ban on Muslims from entering the U.S. was a axis point for her. Afterwards that, MuslimGirl.com chock-full giving Trump coverage. He didn t deserve it, and we adapted better, she writes. She writes that abounding Muslim millennials accept adopted microdefences, such as not application the argot chat bomb or not continuing abreast the bend of alms platforms. This book is advised to be a snapshot into what activity is like. (New York) Aboriginal appear October 18, 2016: 10:35 AM ET

The rise of the all-hazard moms


civic aegis analyst Juliette Kayyem is the columnist of the acknowledged Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Attention Our Citizenry and Your Home. She is a abettor at Harvard s Kennedy School, a aloft abettor secretary of citizenry aegis in the Obama administering and architect of Kayyem Solutions, a aegis consulting firm. Kayyem is a Hillary Clinton adherent and advises the attack on citizenry aegis issues. The opinions bidding in this annotation are her own. It wasn t declared to be this way, at atomic not for Donald Trump. Trump was consistently absurd to win the changeable vote outright. Afterwards all, aback the 1980s, Democratic candidates accept consistently anchored the abutment of added women than their Republican rivals. But his aggregation no agnosticism hoped they could put abundant of a cavity in Clinton s abutment with changeable voters — and aggrandize the Republican advantage with college-educated white women — to put the White House aural reach.And at one stage, it looked like Trump was accepting absorption with changeable voters; in July, one poll begin him abaft by alone 4 credibility in the coveted demographic, abundantly on the aback of apropos about agitation and civic aegis in the deathwatch of the Orlando alarm attacks. These alleged aegis moms, a demographic that places the assurance of ancestors and association as a antecedence and ranks disappointment alarm and ensuring civic aegis as the axiological role of government, were trending against Trump. Soon after, Trump assassin Kellyanne Conway as his attack manager. Conway has fabricated a career out of befitting the Republican Party focused on white, college-educated burghal changeable voters and security moms. His acting acceptance of the byword Make America Safe Again in abode of Make America Great Again seemed aimed at sealing the deal.The agitation for the Republican Party is that its applicant hasn t backward on message. And in aberration from the script, he has accent the change of the aegis mom.The canicule of Trump accouterment to women, with Conway affairs the goods, are connected gone. In the best contempo poll by NBC/WSJ, Trump is abaft Hillary Clinton by 20 credibility amid all women. And as the allegations of animal assault, connected attacks on women s looks, and all-embracing awful accent and behavior continue, it is conceivably little admiration that women accept absolved abroad from Trump, en masse. Clearly, aegis moms are ascent up, and that s because their apropos are added not aloof about civic security, but claimed security, too.The aforementioned demographic that has commonly been acceptable to Republican candidates — white, college-educated, burghal mothers — has no time for animal aloof and taunts in addition who wants to be president. These women assume absorbed on voting on issues accompanying to their claimed space, concrete well-being, and their memories of those situations — big and baby — that mark a apple area there is still amusing inequality. These security moms are aloft all parents, and they accept recoiled at the aegis actuality trotted out that this was aloof locker room talk, and they are balked with the men and women who accept dedicated such conduct. As a result, the aforementioned way that citizenry aegis is no best aloof about terrorism, the security moms are no best aloof about ISIS or al Qaeda. In my field, we use the appellation all-hazards to reflect how America s aegis accoutrement has afflicted aback the alarm attacks of 9/11 — and how it needs to anticipate about every blazon of risk, whether it be from ISIS, altitude change, cyberattacks or gun violence. Now, it seems, aegis moms are demography a analogously ample appearance of security: To them, it is about attention their homes and children, whatever the threat. They have, in short, accepted an all-hazards access to their own security. This is not to say that ISIS-inspired alarm is not still a affair — it absolutely is. But the about-face in abutment amid women suggests there is now a greater, added holistic aegis affair at play. And it is additionally noteworthy that Clinton is now additionally arch Trump with women on response to terrorism questions, alike afterwards the alarming (but nonfatal) attacks aftermost ages in New York and New Jersey. In the deathwatch of the all-embracing and calm alarm attacks in 2015 and 2016, Republicans abundantly endemic the aegis issue, as they accept in antecedent elections. But with Trump s aberrant attitude and amateurishness actuality apparent about daily, it has become around absurd for the Republican applicant to abrasion the aegis mantle. Afterwards the attacks in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, San Bernardino and Orlando, Donald Trump and his aggregation were in hot following of the security mom vote. They were appropriate to aught in on this demographic. Unfortunately for them, the added aegis moms accept apparent of his campaign, the beneath defended they accept acquainted with the abstraction of a Admiral Trump.