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Winds of Change.NET Essential War Briefing

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updated April 7, 2003

In order to really understand what's going on in Iraq and beyond, it's useful to have certain information at your fingertips. The goal of this briefing is to put all that basic reference material at your fingertips in one place. Link and/or cite it on your own blogs, or email it to friends who want to keep better tabs on what's going on!

If there's something you'd like to understand better but don't see included here, email me or drop a post in the Comment section. Ditto if you've got a link for an essential basic resource worth including.

Military Basics

  • Soldiers, Marines, troops - what's the difference? Plenty, says Major Donald Sensing (ret). Use the wrong term, and you'll give all kinds of people high blood pressure and/or make them mad at you. Presenting the style guide you need. UPDATE: "Royal Army" is not a correct term.

Additional categories include:

Rules of War

  • Note that the US is not a signatory to the 1977 additional protocols, and so it's worth evaluating "international law" claims carefully to see which parts of the Geneva Conventions they're talking about: the 4 standard conventions, or the new protocols. States are not bound by conventions they have not signed.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • For my analysis of Saddam's chemical and biological options on the battlefield, and an honest look at both allied weaknesses and potential responses, see "Devils in the Details" at
  • Meanwhile, "Toxic Terror Tick-Tock" looks at the issue of terrorists with biochemical weapons: the past, our present, and possible futures.

Iraq Campaign Briefings

OIF: Maps

OIF: General Background Briefing

6 TrackBacks

Tracked: March 24, 2003 10:30 AM
Background info from The Command Post
Excerpt: Winds of Change has a list of links with maps, details about weapons used in the conflict, procedures for taking prisoners, explanations of military rank, profiles of coalition military units - in short, background info for following the war all...
Tracked: March 27, 2003 10:41 AM
War Backgrounder from The Command Post
Excerpt: I just wanted to remind people about this very comprehensive collection of links - everything from maps of Iraq oilfields to US military units and chain of command to procedures for taking POWs to CIA World Factbook on Iraq....
Tracked: March 28, 2003 9:27 PM
Insightful from Electric Venom
Excerpt: Get your daily briefing at Winds of Change....
Tracked: April 1, 2003 3:07 PM
Excerpt: The good folks over at Winds of Change have compiled links to basic military information concerning the war with Iraq.
Tracked: April 5, 2003 1:19 AM
Essential War Briefing from /dev/clue
Excerpt: Winds of Change has an Essential War Briefing. The briefing contains an examplary collection of links to more information....
Tracked: April 9, 2006 1:39 PM
Excerpt: In order to really understand what's going on in Iraq and beyond, it's useful to have certain information at your fingertips. The goal of this briefing is to put all that basic reference material at your fingertips in one place.


Good to see a proper backgrounder amidst all the fluff - now add one about the much bigger war in the Congo that's also going on and I'll be very happy.

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