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by Voice of America | Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:39am | 1 comment

Afghan forces are planning to hand over the security responsibilities to the local forces of the rural communities, they have recently captured from Taliban and IS militants.

by The Washington Post | Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:10am | 0 comments

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argues that no Afghan peace settlement could proceed without the Taliban’s participation.”

by The New York Times | Sun, 01/14/2018 - 8:45pm | 1 comment

"Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come."

by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 01/14/2018 - 8:24pm | 0 comments

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist group Islamic State says it is working to create a 30,000-strong border-security force in Syria.

by Military Times | Sun, 01/14/2018 - 10:45am | 0 comments

"Less than two years after flying its first combat mission, the Afghan Air Force’s A-29 Super Tucano aircraft are playing a key role in supporting Afghan soldiers on the ground."

by US Africa Command | Sun, 01/14/2018 - 7:41am | 0 comments

U.S. Africa Command has developed a new tool designed to measure progress in advancing women, peace and security as part of its security cooperation effort.

by Voice of America | Sat, 01/13/2018 - 9:18pm | 0 comments

Hawaii Governor David Ige said the false missile alert that panicked islanders on Saturday morning was “totally unacceptable” and said the warning was caused by human error.

by The Atlantic | Sat, 01/13/2018 - 6:52pm | 0 comments

“A two-year investigation identifies one of the very few Americans in the Islamic State’s upper ranks—and sheds light on the dynamics of radicalization.”

by SWJ Editors | Sat, 01/13/2018 - 2:26am | 0 comments

The Defense Department has partnered with National Geographic Channel on a new eight-part documentary series called “Chain of Command.”

by Associated Press | Sat, 01/13/2018 - 12:37am | 0 comments

"Insurgents posing as friendly militia members lured a U.S. and Afghan team to a meeting in eastern Afghanistan, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike."

by Voice of America | Fri, 01/12/2018 - 8:02am | 0 comments

A new conflict would prolong decades of struggles between Muslim separatists and the Philippine government.

by The New York Times | Fri, 01/12/2018 - 7:45am | 0 comments

"The world has declared the defeat of the self-proclaimed caliphate, which has been reduced from controlling large, populous swathes of Iraq and Syria to a small enclave in the desert."

by Army Times | Thu, 01/11/2018 - 7:37pm | 0 comments

"The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade will make its maiden deployment to Afghanistan in the spring, according to a Thursday release from the Army."

by The Washington Post | Thu, 01/11/2018 - 6:00pm | 0 comments

"The breakdown of a cease-fire with a left-wing rebel group is threatening President Santos’s goal of delivering peace and an end to Latin America’s longest-running war."

by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:21pm | 0 comments

"The Pentagon plans to dedicate new combat advisers, drones and other hardware in 2018."

by Sam Bocetta | Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:53am | 0 comments

The 1911 pistol is something of a legend. As its names suggests, it was originally developed in 1911, and despite not having changed much since then, it remains a great weapon.

by Associated Press | Thu, 01/11/2018 - 1:11am | 0 comments

"Just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria, Russian military outposts in the country have come under rebel attacks that are challenging Moscow's gains."

by DoD News | Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:59pm | 0 comments

The eight-part show premiered last night at the Newseum here -- showing the first episode “By, With, Through.”

by The Washington Post | Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:51pm | 0 comments

“The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.” Continue on for an interview with the author - Mak Boot.

by The Washington Post | Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:22pm | 0 comments

"Mysterious attacks against the main Russian military base in Syria, including one conducted by a swarm of armed miniature drones, has exposed Russia’s vulnerability."

by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:39pm | 0 comments

Today, SIGAR released a full audit of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations' operations in Afghanistan. TFBSO is a temporary organization created by DOD.

by The Boston Globe | Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:12pm | 0 comments

"Making such a nonfiction movie somewhat limits Spielberg’s ability to create 'Jaws'-like tension, as he does in his fictional classics. Still, a couple of sharks lurk."

by The National Interest | Mon, 01/08/2018 - 8:09pm | 0 comments

“Afghanistan’s old wounds—no longer bandaged by U.S. dollar bills—are opening once again.”

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:01am | 0 comments

The Small Wars Journal article “The United States’ Covert Efforts in Syria Enabled the Development of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq” has been retracted.

by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 01/08/2018 - 9:34am | 0 comments

"The death of a Green Beret in Nangarhar province was a grim reminder of continued violence in the deadliest province in the deadliest country where Americans are deployed."