“Western countries have a clear interest in destroying ISIS ... and the goal should be to utterly annihilate ISIS as a state.”

--David Kilcullen

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Salik was changing the Afghan Great Game, from the soil up.

The Marines had the fastest rifles in the village of Binh Nghia. It wasn't long until the second fastest belonged to their comrades-in-arms, the Popular Forces.

This may be the sensational media headline in the near future as DOD continues to struggle over the strategy to fight ISIS in Syria.

ISIL's real strength comes from an ability to operate as a decentralized network projecting power on the battlefield and in the information sphere.

This article traces coalition force mentors from their pre-deployment training at Sandhurst, to their deployment at ANAOA and finally to post-deployment.

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“To Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, the Gray Zone is a familiar place of ambiguity.”

“Information technology tools will transform the operating environment for U.S. forces in significant ways. Can America's military adapt?”

“Beneath public presidential statements and diplomatic exchanges, the U.S. and Russian militaries have lobbed a steady stream of verbal brickbats at each other.”

“London notices that security threats are rising in Europe.”

“To prevail, the West must settle on military tactics, cut off oil money, counter propaganda, strategists say.”