"We have watched carefully the evolution of Ukraine’s armed forces since the war began and it is impressive."
"U.S. military officials offer no plan to finish the war without the hundreds of Kurdish fighters who fled, risking a resurgence of the jihadist group."
The Taliban has not formally responded to Ghani’s proposal. His remarks suggest the group has not even indirectly communicated to Kabul whether it is willing to engage in a peace process.
"Data the Pentagon issued last year to spotlight the success of operations against militant groups in Afghanistan were inaccurate, raising questions about real progress."
"Conflict follows humanity wherever it goes, and the world’s population is increasingly living in cities."
"U.S.-allied forces in eastern Syria said Tuesday that they are withdrawing from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State."
"Both services are now updating their urban operations doctrine for the first time in years."
"Washington officials routinely call Turkey a vital ally, yet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government have threatened U.S. forces."
The U.S. military has gotten a boost from the current administration but still lacks a clear threat-focus (what do we want to be prepared for).
Continue on for a SWJ update - includes SWJ and Council signup issues.
"Offensive operations against IS fighters in eastern Syria have been paused because U.S.-backed Kurdish soldiers have shifted to a separate fight against Turkish forces."
"The Islamic State just released a video that allegedly shows three U.S. soldiers being attacked in Niger."
SWJ is kicking off an ambitious new project concerning the U.S. Marine Corps’ Combined Action Program in Vietnam. To begin the project, SWJ is requesting reviews of this classic.
“Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine – the globe is scarred by violence.”
The role of women and their potential in countering extremism around the world is often overlooked and underestimated, a group of experts told U.S. lawmakers this week.
Continue on for a "New York Times" Visual Investigation (video) on Kurdish TTP and tracking irregulars in Syria.
Now Published - SWJ's “Islamist Insurgents on the Defensive: Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in 2016—A Small Wars Journal Anthology”
"DARPA, the Pentagon’s high-tech office, is working with the government of Ukraine to develop capabilities to help Kiev in its hybrid warfare challenge."
Continue on for links to all of the articles in the latest issue of "Military Review".
The special operations enterprise must become more lethal, effective and efficient, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict.
"The demise of IS is intensifying a scramble among foreign powers in Syria, raising the risk that diverging strategic and commercial interests could lead to a wider regional war."
The U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday that a 30-day cease-fire across Syria had not been implemented, and he asked the Security Council when it would be put into effect.
"Ghani's proposal was prepared after months of input from all segments across Afghanistan in an effort to end fighting that's been going for more than 16 years."
Russia started its “humanitarian pause” on Tuesday, but new fighting erupted and there were no signs of civilians leaving the besieged area or aid deliveries arriving.
After 17 years on a treadmill, obviously no good option exists. But to pull out our troops would be to repeat Saigon in 1975.