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Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of those American patriots who have served in our military and those that serve today, we are able to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Riding high on Iraq’s victory over Islamic State fighters in Fallujah, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confidently said the northwest city of Mosul would be next.

It is likelier that Turkey will now strategically prioritize the ISIS security threat, giving it equal weight to both Kurdish terrorism and the dangers posed by Syria’s Assad.

“The attack on Istanbul’s main airport by ISIS showed that the jihadist group can still strike with devastating effect despite losing ground and fighters in Syria and Iraq.”

Continue on for links to IJ’s special edition "The Post-Operational Level Age of War".

Continue on for links to the Center for Strategic and International Studies report and this morning’s live webcast.

U.S. lawmakers say they want to make sure a program that enables Afghan military interpreters to immigrate to the U.S. continues without interruption.

“ISIS invests a substantial amount of time and effort to cultivate Western recruits via social media. There are several different approaches toward countering online radicalization.”

"The effort to create the National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial is gaining strength. The memorial is planned for the northwestern corner of the National Mall."

“There have been several meetings to begin to determine if more troops are needed for the upcoming battle for Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.”

“We have a military plan to defeat the Islamic State but we have yet to articulate a political plan to ensure Iraq’s long-term stability.”

Britain has made a historic decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that stoked passions on issues of immigration and sovereignty.

"Regrettably, the human-rights groups were intransigent, and most of us in the military concluded that we shouldn’t spend scarce dollars on systems that would never be used."

A report sponsored by the Army Capabilities Integration Center in Coordination with Joint Staff J-39/Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Branch.

“Since the American-led invasion in 2001, our service members and diplomats have relied on thousands of Afghans, particularly as interpreters.”

“Washington’s top development agency needs to focus on building governments, not democracies, in chaotic foreign countries.”

“U.S. officials and outside experts warn that the U.S.-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic group, and could even backfire.”

“What MacFarland is trying to do is again make another change. When MacFarland is talking about increasing the numbers again dramatically, that’s what he needs to do.”

Today’s infantry brigade combat teams share striking similarities with their World War I antecedents.

“For us, it’s not a question of if it will happen but when.”

Continue on for a cover story overview and a link to each article.

Continue on for links to the latest, 'Short War in a Perpetual Conflict', and previous Australian Army Research Papers.

“The true debate isn't about how much coverage ISIS merits, but what type.”

Continue on for the executive summary and a link to the full report.

An Infantryman’s life is defined by boxes.  They carry, they feed,  they arm, they sustain and they contain.

"Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to open the door for more “lateral entry” into the military's upper ranks."

"More cash for Afghanistan’s army and police force — without any new conditions to try to ensure it doesn’t get gobbled up before making it to the battlefield."

"NATO is discussing how to step up its response to the European migrant crisis by expanding its presence in the Mediterranean region."

The report argues that the United States should develop a Uniform Policy on Civilian Protection.

“Conventional forces, Special Forces, guerrillas, terrorists, criminals all mixed together in a highly complex terrain environment, with potentially high densities of civilians.”