Think it’s hot in North America right now? Well, you need to shut-up and stop complaining, because parts of the Middle East are getting absolutely scorched right now. Yesterday, the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait soared to a blistering 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius). That’s a record for our planet’s…
According to the Popular Mobilization Forces—an army formed to fight ISIS in Iraq—a car bomb exploded today in the north of Samarra, Iraq. Someone was recording with a cellphone and captured the explosion in the distance with pristine quality.
Like so many bully regimes before it, the Islamic State has a talent for propaganda. A big part of that effort is documenting the destruction of everything from architecture to artifacts, even if they’re unwittingly destroying replicas. In Iraq, the cultural heritage is real—and so is the threat.
Yesterday, images of a supposed U.S. military drone crash in Iraq began to circulate online. Now, the Pentagon has confirmed that it has indeed lost an MQ-1 Gray Eagle drone in the country.
Twitter is a pretty easy platform to troll with fake rumors, like celebrity deaths or Justin Bieber self-harm. But making up an entire fake battle between Iraqi and IS forces, complete with battlefield maps and hilarious(ly fake) place names? That takes some skill.
Today marks the beginning of what I hope will be many opportunities to introduce true practitioners in the world of spying and killing to Phase Zero readers. Our first guest is Malcolm Nance, a 34-year veteran intelligence officer who has worked the Iraq mission since 1987, fighting in all of our Middle East wars…
Between 2003 and 2004 Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher managed the impossible — keeping Paul Bremer, the de facto head of state for newly invaded Iraq alive through a violent insurgency. At times, it was a close-run thing. This was one of those times. — Ed.
The U.S. Air Force and its allies have been regularly dropping humanitarian aid packages in support of towns and communities besieged by ISIS. On August 31st a USAF photographer captured this stunning image of Capt. Erica Stooksbury, of the the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, prepping her C-17 Globemaster for a…
Can you guess who shared this pearl of marketing wisdom? "From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August."
According to Reuters, Iraq rebels have stolen 88 pounds of uranium compounds that were being used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul.
A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is:…
The Architect's Journal reports that Zaha Hadid will be the architect of Iraq's future parliament building, confirming rumors that have swirled for months. The supremely expensive building is the London-based architect's third planned project in the country where she was born.
Some might say that nothing can truly prepare one for the atrocities of war. From the chaos of screaming civilians and injured soldiers to the horror of exploding everything, the experience must be nothing short of horrific. And it's this Hollywood production company's job to reproduce it.
News emerged this week that the U.S. Army, which has been collecting biometric data of locals in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to start storing that data in the cloud. Put simply, biometrics is the collection of personal, physical data using devices like retina scanners, and no matter what way you spin…
Former Pentagon senior policy analyst F. Michael Maloof claims that Israel is using the same ultra-secret stealth H-60 Blackhawk helicopter that US Special Forces used to hunt down bin Laden. How is this possible?
Robots can't have feelings. But humans develop feelings for them. You know, like R2-D2 in Star Wars. Or like Scooby Doo, a real life small robot that saved the day 19 times. This is his single-tear story.
I almost crash into a truck, at first. I can turn on a dime and accelerate like a tiny nitrous-oxide-fueled bat out of hell—even though I'm holding a 10-pound pipe bomb, 30 percent of my body weight. I don't know what I'm doing, really. But by the time I get to the truck to plant the bomb, it's easy. I know exactly…
Like the prologue of any robopocalypse movie where the machines rise up to destroy us, most of the robots we hear about do things we could do, but don't want to. They mop our floors. They put together cars. They die for us.
Have you heard? The war in Iraq is over! Pretty much. The humans are out—but the big robot eyes in the sky are going to stick around. Hey—here's a perfectly symbolic video!