"Another devastating suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday and an independent report on the situation in Afghanistan serve to underscore what is now a growing consensus in Washington: that the United States is making no progress toward ending the 17-year-old war there."
by The New York Times | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:37pm | 0 comments
"President Trump declared his unswerving loyalty to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on Tuesday, declaring that the prince’s culpability in the killing of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, might never be known."
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:26am | 0 comments
Long War Journal - "The Taliban confirmed that it met with a high-level delegation of US officials in Qatar, and quashed news reports that the group wanted the Afghan government to postpone the April 2019 presidential elections and establish an interim government. Yet again, the Taliban insisted that “an Islamic government,” a not-so-vague reference to its Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, rule the country."
by DoD News | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:31pm | 0 comments
"Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford reiterated yesterday that reconciliation is the only way forward in Afghanistan and that political, economic, religious and military pressure must be maintained on the group."
by Foreign Policy | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:28pm | 0 comments
"U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian influence in the United States’ backyard."
by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 9:44pm | 0 comments
"The roughly 5,800 active-duty troops sent to locations along the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections will spend Thanksgiving in Texas, Arizona, and California, but they are expected to return home in time for Christmas, Pentagon officials said Monday."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 9:33pm | 0 comments
"The Trump administration is preparing to add Venezuela to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in what would be a dramatic escalation against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro, according to U.S. officials and internal government emails."
Report: Enemy Attacks Decrease in Afghanistan But Airstrikes, Deaths Rise as Urban Centers Remain Vulnerableby Military Times | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 7:52pm | 0 comments
“Though a 1,000-fighter strong Taliban takeover of Ghazni City was repelled by a combination of U.S. and Afghan forces earlier this year, conditions remain for the insurgent group to take other vulnerable urban centers, according to a recent report.”
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 8:08am | 0 comments
ML Cavanaugh for the Salt Lake Tribune - "Why go 'over there'? We should first note the vast, impersonal forces that drove Taylor to Afghanistan. Over time, American political consensus has led us into both a commitment in Afghanistan and avoidance of conscription. We also face a post-9/11 global resource-to-requirements challenge that has led us to make operational use of the reserve components. That demand is what pulled a major from the Utah Army National Guard to Afghanistan."
by Voice of America | Sun, 11/18/2018 - 5:06pm | 0 comments
The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation says despite challenges and difficulties he is “cautiously optimistic or hopeful” about facilitating an inter-Afghan peace dialogue to end the 17-year war.
by Associated Press | Sun, 11/18/2018 - 1:04pm | 0 comments
“The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday.”
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 11/17/2018 - 8:26pm | 0 comments
Afghanistan Times - "The National Security Council (NSC) has directed the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) to accelerated counter-insurgency operations across the country to curb civilian and ANDSF causalities. The instruction has made when the Taliban insurgents intensified attacking security forces, in which civilians suffered as well."
by Voice of America | Sat, 11/17/2018 - 7:55pm | 0 comments
"In A Private War, Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike transforms herself into Colvin, a gritty, fierce, inquisitive American journalist who dedicated her life to reporting on atrocities around the world."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 7:30am | 0 comments
"An important upcoming milestone for Afghanistan’s Western-backed democracy and a separate, crucial chance to settle the country’s 17-year war appear to be crashing into each other."
by Military Times, by Voice of America | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 6:16am | 1 comment
"U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is cutting hundreds of U.S. troops from Africa so he can use those resources for potential future conflicts with Russia and China. Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Candice Tresch told VOA the move will cut roughly 700 counterterrorism troops and their enablers from West Africa. That is about 10 percent of U.S. Africa Command's presence on the continent."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 6:14am | 0 comments
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the deployment to the border as “great training” and told active-duty soldiers in Texas not to pay attention to the news coverage of the operation because they would “go nuts.”
by The New York Times | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 6:08am | 0 comments
"It’s a freezing, snowy day on the border between Estonia and Russia. Soldiers from the two nations are on routine border patrol, each side accompanied by an autonomous weapon system, a tracked robot armed with a machine gun and an optical system that can identify threats, like people or vehicles."
by The Hoover Institution | Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:48pm | 0 comments
Continue on for a Hoover Institution Interview with Former National Security Advisor H.R, McMaster and Former Afghan Ambassador to China Janan Mosazai.
by Associated Press | Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:40am | 1 comment
“The United States has waged a drone war in Yemen for 16 years, trying to suppress al-Qaida’s branch here. But the campaign has had a hidden cost: civilians cut down by the drones' missiles.”
by The Washington Post | Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:37am | 1 comment
“The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration’s defense strategy.”
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:36am | 0 comments
"One recent day, a line of grieving mothers armed with picks and shovels worked their way across a muddy field looking for Mexico’s dead and missing, their own children among them."
by Al-Monitor | Wed, 11/14/2018 - 6:51am | 2 comments
"The House is set to vote on a bill this week that would formally institutionalize a North African counterterrorism program — and give lawmakers more control over the initiative."
by Voice of America | Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:55am | 0 comments
"A cease-fire in Gaza between Israel and the militant group Hamas was holding Tuesday night, but tough talk from both sides indicate hostilities could erupt again at any time. Egypt brokered the cease-fire after two days of the worst fighting in Gaza since the 2014 war."
by Marine Corps Times | Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:51am | 0 comments
"The Marine Corps is reeling from a shortage of its professional marksmen — and it’s one that could impact the Corps’ ability to fight and navigate in future dense urban environments."
Syria: U.S.-Backed Fighters Resume Final Offensive Against ISIS After Pause to Deal with Turkish Tensionsby Military Times | Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:39am | 0 comments
"The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are returning to the battle against the Islamic State following a pause to deal with clashes between their northern troops and Turkey, which included cross-border shelling by Turkish forces."