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by Defense News | Thu, 10/18/2018 - 7:42am | 0 comments
“Have you been wondering whether U.S.-Saudi arms deals can survive allegations the Saudi government killed Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi? Yeah, so are we.”
by The Washington Post | Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:30am | 0 comments
“More than 2,500 candidates are running for 249 seats in Afghanistan’s parliament in Saturday’s elections, despite campaign violence that has killed 10 candidates and scores of supporters, Taliban threats to sabotage the polls, accusations of pre-election rigging, and public cynicism after years of legislative vote-buying and obstructionism.”
by The New York Times | Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:29am | 0 comments
"In the past 17 years of war and crisis in Afghanistan, no one remembers a season quite like this one, with peril and hopelessness at every turn. People here struggle for words to explain how it feels."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:27am | 0 comments
"Since declaring victory over the Islamic State late last year, Iraq has grappled with a host of issues emanating from the drawn-out war to uproot the militant group: billions of dollars in damage to cities and towns, more than a million people still displaced and millions more struggling to rebuild their lives."
by Stars & Stripes | Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:19am | 0 comments
"U.S. national security would suffer greatly without Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and several top Pentagon leaders slated to leave their posts next year, a key senator said Wednesday."
by Reuters | Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:28am | 0 comments
“When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to train local soldiers and secure mining projects, marking the start of its highest-profile military foray in sub-Saharan Africa for decades.”
by DoD News | Wed, 10/17/2018 - 9:24am | 1 comment
“It’s not about winning the war. It’s about winning the peace,” was an expression heard often today at the Counter Violent Extremist Organizations Chiefs of Defense Conference here today. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the gathering, which drew representatives from 83 nations, including all the U.S. combatant commanders and commanders of counter terrorism operations from around the world.
by Stars & Stripes | Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"The U.S. military’s top general warned Tuesday that the international community must maintain its focus on the terrorism threat even as the Islamic State nears defeat on the battlefields of Syria and other security challenges rise around the world."
by Army Times | Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:09am | 0 comments
“When the Army unveiled its Security Force Assistance Brigade plan in 2017, leaders laid out a program that would include five active duty brigades and one manned by the Army National Guard. The Guard, according to its website, is getting ready to fill those spots.”
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:07am | 0 comments
“The U.S. sanctioned a multibillion-dollar network of Iranian companies, banks and funds accused of financing the country’s elite paramilitary unit, ratcheting up global pressure on Tehran and sending a warning to governments and companies considering continued engagement with Iran.”
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:13pm | 0 comments
Continue on for a full transcript of the Attorney General's remarks to include a listing of the criminal groups identified as the United States' top transnational organized crime threats.
by Military Times | Tue, 10/16/2018 - 1:58pm | 0 comments
“The Defense Department is still struggling to develop an Afghan military that can sustain itself, despite the U.S. having spent nearly $84 billion on Afghan security over the past 17 years, according to a new report.”
by Voice of America | Tue, 10/16/2018 - 1:49pm | 0 comments
"Pakistan said Tuesday its military forces were working closely with those of neighboring Iran to locate more than a dozen Iranian security forces that militants kidnapped in a pre-dawn raid along the border."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:50am | 0 comments
"Niamey, Niger - Diplomats, spies and hostage negotiators gather nightly on the moonlit terraces of colonial-era hotels in this remote desert capital to trade intelligence on security threats. Foreign bases and vast new embassy complexes are rising along sand-caked streets. In the shadows, smugglers move migrants, guns and drugs across lawless territory."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:15am | 0 comments
"Militants in Syria's Idlib Province failed to meet an October 15 deadline for vacating a buffer zone created under a Russian-Turkish cease-fire deal, prompting a threat from the Syrian government to resume its military campaign."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:48am | 1 comment
"The U.S. needs to make critical and time-sensitive decisions regarding the future of its wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen – as well as in its broader struggle with terrorism and extremism, and its dealings with Iran. The U.S. is now trapped in four “failed state” wars where there are no clear prospects for lasting “victory” unless the current threats can be defeated at the military level and the host country can both develop forms of politics and governance that can create an enduring peace and also make enough progress in recovery and development to sustain peaceful stability."
by Ynet | Mon, 10/15/2018 - 1:39pm | 0 comments
"Based in three trailers near the Gaza border, with advanced computers and technologies, is 'the lab': 10 soldiers—some of whom finished their physics degree in high school—who already found 15 terror tunnels, the latest neutralized this week; when the need arises, they go out to the field and under the ground; 'finding a tunnel is not a scavenger's hunt. It's a game of chest against Hamas,' says one."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:37pm | 0 comments
"Militants in Syria indicated tepid support for a demilitarized zone in the country’s final opposition stronghold, even as they appeared to defy an internationally brokered deadline Monday for their withdrawal."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:24pm | 0 comments
"Not long after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took over at the Pentagon, he set out to transform the U.S. military into a better-equipped, deadlier force that would waste less money, deepen alliances around the world, and evolve to counter Russia and China."
by Reuters | Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"Syria's main jihadist group signaled on Sunday it would abide by the terms of a Russian-Turkish deal to prevent a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held Idlib the day before a critical deadline."
by The National Interest | Sun, 10/14/2018 - 12:16am | 2 comments
"The notorious Great Game—in which outside powers have intervened in and jousted over Afghanistan for a century and a half—is proving surprisingly propitious in terms of a rare coinciding of the interests of these countries. Specifically, it appears that the stability of Afghanistan is now squarely in the interests of all of them, including the United States, Europe, Turkey, China, India, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and the Gulf countries."
by The New York Times | Sun, 10/14/2018 - 12:13am | 0 comments
"After signing a peace deal with its largest rebel group, the FARC, the country saw its homicide rate fall to the lowest point in decades. Now killings are on the rise."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 10/13/2018 - 6:54am | 0 comments
"Iranian leaders, under pressure from domestic protesters, Israeli intelligence operatives, and the Trump administration, which is reimposing economic sanctions lifted under President Barack Obama, are making contingency plans to strike at the country’s adversaries in the event of open conflict, according to American, European, Middle Eastern and Israeli officials and analysts who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence."
by The New York Times | Sat, 10/13/2018 - 6:06am | 0 comments
"Seeking to inject new energy into the long-stalled Afghan peace process, the top American diplomat charged with helping find a way to end the war has met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, officials and a Taliban source said on Saturday."
by Military.com | Fri, 10/12/2018 - 4:26pm | 0 comments
"The Marine Corps is going to double the size of a Virginia-based schoolhouse where leathernecks learn the cultural and language skills needed to train and advise foreign militaries."