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by The New York Times
May 25, 2016 02:40 AM | Comments (0)
New York Times Op-Ed by Vietnam War veterans John Kerry, John McCain and Bob Kerry.
by The Wall Street Journal
May 25, 2016 02:02 AM | Comments (0)
“The ambush that killed Mullah Mansour marked a critical moment in Obama administration policy on Afghanistan.”
by Voice of America
May 24, 2016 05:14 PM | Comments (0)
“A genuinely sustainable victory against IS necessitates a solution to the broader conflict in Syria.”
by The Washington Post
May 24, 2016 02:36 AM | Comments (1)
"We don’t know what the outcome will be or what the borders will look like; the United States isn’t even sure what it wants."
by The Atlantic
May 23, 2016 04:17 PM | Comments (0)
"The strike that killed Mansour crossed numerous lines that have constrained America’s fight with the Taliban, and its drone war in Pakistan."
May 23, 2016 05:23 AM | Comments (0)
“The Afghan government is giving support to a Taliban faction in an effort to sow rifts within the insurgency and nudge some of its leaders toward peace talks.”
May 23, 2016 04:51 AM | Comments (0)
“This attempt to integrate the weaker Sunnis with stronger Kurds represents a more pragmatic alternative to the earlier $500 million 'train and equip' program.”
May 23, 2016 04:41 AM | Comments (20)
“Surveying the wreckage of the Middle East and the fraying of Europe, President Obama would like us to believe that no other policy could have worked better.”
May 22, 2016 01:04 PM | Comments (1)
“If legitimacy is indispensable, how do we explain the apparent ability of authoritarian states to defeat insurgents with little to no concern for popular support or root causes?”
May 22, 2016 11:30 AM | Comments (0)
The Afghan intelligence agency NDS confirmed that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan near the Afghan border.
by Bing West
May 22, 2016 12:16 AM | Comments (2)
The op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, ‘Take the Gloves Off Against the Taliban’, by Dave Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon is at once reasonable, baffling, insufficient and...
by Keith Nightingale
May 21, 2016 06:49 PM | Comments (1)
The Brussels bombing is a precursor for a Boston or Baltimore or fill in the blank city within our own borders.
May 21, 2016 06:29 PM | Comments (0)
"Kosovo now finds itself, like the rest of Europe, fending off the threat of radical Islam."
May 21, 2016 05:24 AM | Comments (1)
“The rules of engagement mean that the indigenous Afghan and Pakistani Taliban generally get a pass.”
May 21, 2016 04:59 AM | Comments (1)
“The problem, as nearly every commander here will acknowledge, is that U.S. military might cannot make a broken Iraq work as a nation.”
by SWJ Editors
May 20, 2016 01:54 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a link to the interview.
by The National Interest
May 20, 2016 01:26 PM | Comments (0)
“Russia has experienced some successes on the Syrian battlefield, but these victories are far from establishing Moscow as the new power broker in the region.”
May 20, 2016 01:18 PM | Comments (1)
“It’s time for an American Foreign Legion. It would be a part of the Defense Department, but its enlisted members would be recruited globally.”
by Oxford University Press
May 19, 2016 03:15 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a OUPblog infographic based on Orde F. Kittrie’s “Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War”.
by RAND Corporation
May 19, 2016 01:21 PM | Comments (0)
This report presents a comprehensive examination of the organization, territorial designs, management, personnel policies, and finances of ISI and AQI, both predecessors of the IS.
by The Ada News
May 18, 2016 02:01 PM | Comments (4)
“I am troubled by what appears to be a growing primary reliance on special operations in lieu of a more comprehensive strategy from the Administration to defeat ISIS.”
May 18, 2016 01:38 PM | Comments (0)
Dave Kilcullen discusses the challenges in Africa, to include urbanization, at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
May 18, 2016 01:21 PM | Comments (0)
The US military is prepared to support a train-and-equip mission to fight the thousands of IS militants in Libya when the Libyan government is ready for it.
by The Daily Beast
May 17, 2016 02:37 PM | Comments (0)
"The sudden rise in ISIS attacks, U.S. officials believe, signals that the terror group no longer is committed to territorial expansion."
May 17, 2016 06:44 AM | Comments (0)
"It is Phases IV and V that the United States has recently had more difficulty with, both as a military and as a nation."
May 16, 2016 02:22 PM | Comments (0)
World powers say they will back Libya’s new government in its bid to lift a U.N. arms embargo.
by G. Murphy Donovan
May 16, 2016 01:27 PM | Comments (1)
In small wars of a thousand cuts, time is not an American or European ally.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
May 16, 2016 07:36 AM | Comments (0)
The pact, signed amid World War I, divided the Ottoman Empire into spheres of imperial control, and is often held responsible for establishing the current borders of the Middle East.
May 16, 2016 05:31 AM | Comments (0)
“Today, a major in the Army knows nothing but fighting terrorists and guerrillas, because he came into the Army after 9/11.”
by Military Times
May 15, 2016 01:41 PM | Comments (0)
“The reforms (officer promotion) were opposed by many leaders in the Army and the Marine Corps, where the service cultures focus more on traditional leadership.”