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by The Daily Beast | Sun, 06/10/2018 - 4:20pm | 0 comments
“The Somali rebels knew where the U.S. Special Operators and their allied troops would have to deploy. By flooding terrain, they left them little choice.”
by Voice of America | Sat, 06/09/2018 - 7:44pm | 0 comments
Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have killed as many as 65 government soldiers and police officers in three attacks. Afghan officials said Saturday the overnight violence in the southern Kandahar, northern Kunduz and western Herat provinces also injured more than 17 security personnel.
by DoD News | Sat, 06/09/2018 - 7:19pm | 0 comments
"While Iraq has liberated all of its territory once captured and held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-led military campaign against the rogue organization continues in Syria, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at a meeting of the defeat-ISIS coalition at NATO headquarters in Brussels today."
by The New York Times | Sat, 06/09/2018 - 5:32am | 0 comments
"In a move that could inject life into a long-struggling Afghan peace process, the Taliban announced Saturday that they would halt operations against Afghan forces for the three days of the Muslim festival of Eid."
by Voice of America | Sat, 06/09/2018 - 5:15am | 0 comments
"One U.S. special operations soldier is dead and four are wounded after al-Qaida-linked militants attacked an outpost under construction Friday in southwestern Somalia. Friday’s attack, about 50 kilometers north of the port city of Kismayo, came as U.S. forces were helping Somali and Kenyan troops construct the outpost, part of a multiday mission to help clear the area of militants with the al-Shabab terror group, according to U.S. military officials."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 06/09/2018 - 5:07am | 0 comments
"Germany’s chief prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for one of Syria’s most senior military officials, lawyers said Friday, in a landmark step for legal efforts against members of President Bashar al-Assad’s security apparatus."
by DoD News | Fri, 06/08/2018 - 4:09pm | 0 comments
"Afghan security forces are providing the power, NATO is providing support and training, and the Afghan people are providing the will in the fight against the Taliban and other extremist groups, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson said during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels."
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 06/08/2018 - 3:05pm | 0 comments
"U.S. and Afghan special-operations troops are carrying out a major air and ground offensive to clear Islamic State fighters from a district where the militant group aspires to make its local capital."
by Defense One | Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:12am | 0 comments
“Earlier this year, working with its partners on the ground, the U.S. military disrupted an alleged ISIS-inspired attack that would have targeted a festival — in Trinidad and Tobago. The raid grabbed headlines immediately afterward. But it — and U.S. Southern Command’s ongoing efforts to help the Trinidad security forces develop counter-extremism capabilities — offer lessons about how to confront radicalism at home and abroad.”
by Voice of America | Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:15am | 0 comments
Tentative plans to draw down the number of U.S. special operations commandos deployed in Africa are drawing mixed reactions from American military experts.
by Army Times | Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"In the coming decades, the Army will have to prepare for high intensity conflict against enemies with similar weapons, in urban environments, facing the possibility of long periods without communication or helicopter support. But how will they get there?"
by The Modern War Institute | Wed, 06/06/2018 - 9:13pm | 0 comments
"The growing territorial reach exercised by the Taliban poses a notable threat to the stability of the Afghan government. The insurgents’ persistence and adaptability points to an underappreciated trend."
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:05pm | 0 comments
Today, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released an audit, requested by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, of the Afghan government's efforts to develop and implement a national anti-corruption strategy.
by DoD News | Tue, 06/05/2018 - 7:13am | 0 comments
The village of Tournieres, like many other small French municipalities during World War II, was heavily occupied by German forces and very unaware of its fate. However, it would later realize the name Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his First Advance Headquarters Supreme Allied Expeditionary Force Headquarters, known today as Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Europe, would forever be a part of its history.
by Military Times | Mon, 06/04/2018 - 9:02pm | 0 comments
"The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to dish out millions for a Marine attack aircraft and the Corps’ futuristic sea drone, known as the MUX."
by Military Times | Mon, 06/04/2018 - 8:13pm | 0 comments
"After a scathing quarterly report to Congress cast more doubt on the security situation in Afghanistan, few things in the wayward country appear to be going well, except, that is, for the Afghan Air Force."
by The New York Times | Mon, 06/04/2018 - 8:18am | 0 comments
"American Special Operations forces are likely to be sharply cut in Africa as a result of a new Pentagon strategy that focuses on combating rising threats from Russia and China and, in turn, is driving a sweeping review of the nation’s elite commando missions."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 06/03/2018 - 7:46pm | 0 comments
"The Trump administration is weighing an appeal from the United Arab Emirates for direct U.S. support to seize Yemen’s main port for humanitarian aid from Iranian-backed Houthi fighters, according to U.S. officials, a move they worry could have catastrophic effects on the country."
by Reuters | Sun, 06/03/2018 - 11:39am | 0 comments
"The threat posed by Islamist militants to Britain is expected to remain high for the next two years and could even rise, the interior ministry said on Sunday, on the first anniversary of an attack that killed eight people in central London."
by The Diplomat | Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:07pm | 0 comments
“Under rising pressure from the military, Mindanao’s armed groups are increasingly turning to IEDs.”
by Military Times | Thu, 05/31/2018 - 8:01pm | 0 comments
"As billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars continue to flow into projects aimed at increasing counter-terrorism capabilities for countries from Jordan to the Philippines and Romania, a new government watchdog report raises questions about how effectively the Pentagon and State Department are overseeing these projects."
by Associated Press | Thu, 05/31/2018 - 6:17pm | 0 comments
Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened to attack a region held by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying in an interview broadcast on Russia Today channel on Thursday that American troops should leave the country.
by Voice of America | Thu, 05/31/2018 - 3:08pm | 0 comments
Pakistan says it is reassessing strained ties with the United States, a move that could lead to halting supply lines into Afghanistan where American troops are fighting insurgents to stabilize the war-ravaged country with the help of NATO allies.
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 05/30/2018 - 9:02pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. has retooled its aerial bombing campaign in Afghanistan to target the Taliban’s sources of money, not just its fighters. Since the strategic bombing campaign began in November, U.S. aircraft have conducted 113 strikes aimed at cutting off revenue the Taliban allegedly receive from opium poppies and roadside taxes, a major shift in war strategy intended to drive the insurgents to the negotiating table.'
by Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments | Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:14am | 0 comments
The Chinese and Russian governments are currently waging political warfare against the United States and its allies. Although efforts to manipulate public opinion and political debate often receive less attention than armed interventions or military modernization programs, Beijing and Moscow are embarked upon campaigns to suppress dissent, discourage foreign narratives they oppose, generate support for policies they favor, keep their rivals distracted, and mitigate pushback against overt acts of aggression. To date, these efforts appear to be having success.