Prisoners of war…
The Soldiers of Sinjar
Portraits of various men from Sinjar villages in Iraq who’ve banded together to combat the growing threat posed by ISIS. Consisting of a mix of Yazidis, Muslims and Christians, they fight to protect the Sinjar region. (Photos: Andrew Quilty)
The men at the training camp wear matching uniforms and carry various incarnations of Kalashnikov rifles. Sinjari himself, however, is never without his U.S. military standard-issue M4 carbine, which he says was first given to then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s army by the United States before being captured by the Islamic State in the group’s mid-June advance, until he himself wrested it away from an IS fighter, he says with a wry smile.
Enemy of my enemy…
Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during a parade in Kerbala, June 21, 2014. Iraq’s senior Shi’ite religious cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a call for unity, saying Shi’ites and Sunnis should rally behind the authorities to prevent the Sunni militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from destroying the country. (REUTERS/ Mushtaq Muhammed)
*Basically, you have radical extremists banding together to fight off the other radical extremists, the Islamic State (IS); formerly known as ISIS.
Various images of the same Ukrainian protestor during the early stages of the riots and clashes with the government before Russia intervened. (GRH)
War A Ukrainian serviceman stands near a damaged board with an image of Jesus Christ, Which Was left by pro-Russian separatists, at a checkpoint in the town of Vuhlehirsk, Donetsk region, August 14, 2014. (REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko)
Machine gunner… A Pro-Russian rebel with the NSV, a 12.7x108 heavy machine gun. Both the NSV and Kord are the modern day replacements for the DShK, which has been in service since World War II. Interestingly that optic, the SPP Heavy Machine Scope can also mount onto the SVD Dragunov. (GRH)
Patrol A member of the Pro-Ukrainian “Donbass” Battalion patrols the streets of Mariinka as a cat follows alongside him. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Puppy A member of the Pro-Ukrainian “Donbass” Battalion petting a puppy during a moments rest in the village of Mariinka, near Donetsk, August 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) *Call me crazy but that soldier looks like James Franco. The weed bandana kind of made me think Pineapple Express.
Members of the Pro-Ukrainian Donbass Battalion in various areas of Eastern Ukraine, August 11th, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Gear through the ages…
A very interesting look at how the equipment of soldiers on the battlefield has changed over the centuries. From 1066 and the Battle of Hastings to 2014 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, the gear is primarily British in focus. You can view all of the photos along with their exact descriptions and item lists in the link below. (GRH)
Not my usual firearm post but something weapon related. Dead Hand is a nuclear control system used by the Russians as a deterrence. The system detects a combination of radioactive, seismologic, pressure and light variations to determine if a nuclear strike on Russian soil has occurred. This means that even if all of Russia’s chain of command were killed in a nuclear strike, Dead Hand would respond by launching most if not all of the Russians nuclear ICBM’s at preprogrammed targets.
Dead Hand is supposedly only activated during a potential crisis, possibly to avoid accidental launches if a Russian nuke were to explode by accident. Dead Hand is said to still be in use and receiving modern system upgrades. However, the exact nature of Dead Hand is not known. There is debate whether it is a fully autonomous system or if it does require at least 1 surviving person to issue the final launch command once all parameters have been met.
Watching… A Kurdish female fighter observes the movement of Syrian government forces in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo on April 14. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty)
Checkpoint Similar to female fighters who run checkpoints for forces of Bashar al Assad in Damascus, a female member of the Al-Ikhlas (Loyalty) Battalion stops a van at a rebel checkpoint, Aleppo, March 31, 2013.
Of Wars & Women…
Normally I bypass a lot of the reblogging discussions on some of my posts because its usually between two people. For the most part its mundane stuff, but this discussion popped up on the “Rebel Barbie?" post.
It’s somewhat serious an argument between the two, but also somewhat funny and even a bit sexist. Don’t get me wrong, I like unrepentantwarriorpriest’s blog, but how can you argue with someone who thinks they’re Batman?
Quoting becoming-batman…(his argument for why he thinks the female rebel fighter in the Ukraine should not be praised or considered a warrior.)
Batman doesn’t heap undo praise on someone. Like you’ve done. He’s also against untrained and unprepared people for the same reasons. “You’re going to get someone else hurt” he’s said to both robin and batgirl before when they first started out.
But there is a serious underlying question to this…what are your opinions on women fighting on the battlefield but not as trained enlisted soldiers, but as rebels and mercenaries? Such as those in the Ukraine, Syria, Libya, etc.?