“In our effort to learn from Iraq and Afghanistan, we continuously ran into issues where lessons encountered in Vietnam were ignored, or inadequately learned, or not passed on to subsequent cohorts.  If we had done a better job at it, we surely would have avoided many mistakes in the current long war.”

-- Joseph J. Collins

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release: OIR Official Report Details of Defeat-ISIS Strikes in Syria and Iraq

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Voices of resentment and marginalization are loud and clear, the participants seem determined to have their voices heard. Can this protest prove be an eye-opener for the Pakistani elite?

While western hostages around the world easily make headlines, the local prisoners in conflicts are less reported on and even less often identified.

When discussing the environment, the article’s focus will be on the team’s interaction with its physical space as well as the various people and players in Somalia.

Africa matters because an unstable Africa is not in the world’s best interest.  To keep Africa stable will require a long-term international effort.

America lacks both serious consideration about the ends America seeks in deploying its sons and daughters across the globe and the way it is achieving our stated ends.

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In a special report, Reuters has pieced together what happened in Inn Din in the days leading up to the killing of the 10 Rohingya – eight men and two high school students in their late teens.

“It was self-defense. Obviously, we are not getting engaged in the Syrian civil war,” Mattis said.

"No U.S. military members were injured in the clash. One SDF member was wounded."

"The soldiers will fan out across the country in small teams, taking pressure off U.S. units that trained Afghan troops for years on an ad hoc basis, to varying degrees of success."

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