All posts by Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. He is now a tactical tracking instructor and the author of the military thrillers Task Force Desperate and Hunting in the Shadows.
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Egypt Sitrep April 2014

The fighting in Egypt between the Egyptian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood has not abated since the Army overthrew President Muhammad Morsi in July of last year.  The majority of the violence appears to be at the hands of the Sinai-based Ansar Beit al Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem), which was formed at about the same […]

Proliferation of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

Proliferation of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

On April 5, video surfaced of Harakat Hazm, a relatively new rebel group (its formation was announced on January 26), utilizing TOW missiles in combat with Syrian regime forces. The TOW is supplied through various military assistance agreements to multiple countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey.  While the US has publicly demurred from supplying […]

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Taiwan Crisis Mirrors Ukraine

On March 18, Taiwanese student protestors took over the Legislative Yuan assembly hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and have been camped out there ever since.  On March 26, President Ma Ying-jeou agreed to meet with the protestors to attempt to end the standoff and get Taiwan’s government back to business as usual. The protests are over […]

Iraq Update

Iraq Update

News out of Iraq has been sparse since ISIS seized Ramadi and Fallujah in January.  Even Middle Eastern news sources largely aren’t covering the renewed violence; Al Akhbar English has nothing on the continuing fighting in Iraq.  It hasn’t abated, however.  It is estimated that over 700 people were killed in fighting in Iraq in […]