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Syrian activists said the first of 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighters have arrived in Kobani to help Syrian Kurds in their fight against Islamic State militants.

This paper analyzes and evaluates the use of death squads in counterinsurgencies.

The 27 October SWJ Roundup was the last, it will be missed by many but we hope the replacement is a marked improvement. Continue on for the details.

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir.

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Given how poorly things have turned out, it would be tempting to conclude that the United States should simply swear off such irregular conflicts for good…

British and U.S. soldiers have formally marked the end of combat operations in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province.

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The US military must prepare for murky, undeclared wars in which foreign entities use proxy insurgencies against established governments;

While the U.S. military says the Iraqi capital is not under "imminent threat," officials are concerned about the militants' gains in Anbar.

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Paper argues that the newly outlined “Counter-Unconventional Warfare” strategy will be the best way to counter the emerging threat of hybrid warfare.

Wastebook 2014: What Washington Doesn't Want You to Read. By Senator Tom Coburn

The Imploding U.S. Strategy in the Islamic State War? By Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory.

The new Afghan government under President Ashraf Ghani has acknowledged the depth of the crisis,.

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A decade after the U.S. took control of Fallujah, America is at war again. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with former Lt. Col. John Nagl, whose counter-insurgency manual helped shape U.S. strategy...

Afghanistan: 'A Shocking Indictment' - NYT Book Review by Rory Stewart

Contemporary Military Forum #6: Strategic Quality of Landpower (Video)

Since the U.S. doesn’t expect to fight a major land war with another nation, it was easy—if incorrect—to conclude that it no longer needs a large Army.

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As part of a joint force, the Army is the singular service that needs the man more than the machine.

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The Atlantic Council is seeking applications for the Take Point Initiative, a new fellowship program open to veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

There’s a lot to like in the new AOC: Win in a Complex World. Any government document with 65 endnotes and a Thucydides call-out in its first three pages can’t be all bad.

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The AOC is a challenge to shape and form the Army and its future leaders and build the foundations of its success in the years to come.

ISIS conducts a comprehensive information operations campaign on its Turkish language news site takvahaber.net.