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by Voice of America | Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:30pm | 0 comments
White House officials on Wednesday laid out plans to send National Guard troops to the United States’ southern border with Mexico, as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to confront what he says is a growing problem with illegal immigrants. The decision to deploy the U.S. military to the border represents a major new aspect of Trump’s wide-ranging immigration crackdown. But major parts of the move are unclear, including how many troops will be sent, when they will deploy, or what exactly they will do.
by DoD News | Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:28pm | 0 comments
Administration officials, military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives and regional experts discussed views on Iraq and Syria at the U.S. Institute of Peace here today. Military efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are about six to eight months ahead of where officials thought they would be at this point, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said. The success throughout the campaign has been quite extraordinary, he added
by Military Times | Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:01pm | 0 comments
"The Pentagon is looking at ways it can fulfill President Donald Trump’s request to have the military guard the U.S.-Mexico border, spokesman Dana White said. As it has become apparent that Congress was not going to give Trump the full funding he has requested to build a border wall, the president has looked to the military to fill the gap."
by The New York Times | Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:49am | 0 comments
"The White House said on Wednesday that the United States is committed to continuing to fight the Islamic State in Syria, signaling a retreat by President Trump from his insistence that the 2,000 American forces there quickly return home from the conflict."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:27am | 0 comments
How has al Qaeda fared in Syria? What have been its most significant challenges? What do answers to these questions suggest about al Qaeda’s future in Syria and the region? Looking forward, the most significant challenge may be assessing what happens next in Syria and the region.
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"The U.S. military has created a new precedent for how to counter Russian 'hybrid war.' Set in a murky clash of arms in Syria in early February, and one averted in March, this precedent—you might even call it a 'red line'—will reverberate from the Middle East to the Black and Baltic seas."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:39pm | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wanted the U.S. military to 'bring our troops back home' from Syria, taking a position at odds with many top advisers who worry that leaving the country too soon would cede ground to Iran, Russia, their proxies and other extremist groups."
by Australian Defence Force Journal | Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:23pm | 0 comments
Continue on for links to all the new articles in the latest issue of ADFJ.
by The Washington Post | Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:35pm | 0 comments
"President Trump on Tuesday repeated his desire to quickly “get out” of Syria, even as his top commander for the Middle East outlined the need for an ongoing military presence there."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:36pm | 0 comments
"The US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban. Senior US officials have been saying for months that Moscow is even supplying the militants with weapons."
by Agence France-Presse | Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:44am | 0 comments
"Iran, Russia and Turkey have teamed up to forge a strong if brittle tripartite alliance aimed at holding ascendancy in Syria, taking advantage of the West's reluctance to engage militarily in the country."
by Stars & Stripes | Sun, 04/01/2018 - 12:50pm | 0 comments
"Building on what was merely a concept at the beginning of 2017, the Army hopes to boast five brigades of conventional soldiers hand-selected and specially trained to advise indigenous partner forces by the end of next year."
by The New York Times | Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:41am | 1 comment
"Once described as an ill-equipped band of insurgents, the Taliban are increasingly attacking security forces across Afghanistan using night-vision goggles and lasers that United States military officials said were either stolen from Afghan and international troops or bought on the black market."
by International Policy Digest | Sat, 03/31/2018 - 3:38pm | 0 comments
A pillar of U.S. military presence around the world are Foreign Military Training programs with partner nations. This commentary briefly discusses this initiative with a focus on partnerships between the U.S. and its Latin American allies.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 03/31/2018 - 1:28pm | 0 comments
The spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry says Islamabad and Washington have yet to find "common ground" on a range of issues, including U.S. accusations that Pakistan is not pulling its weight in the fight against terrorism.
by Associated Press | Sat, 03/31/2018 - 8:51am | 0 comments
"This front line threatens to ignite at any time, with the militaries of two NATO members on opposing sides. The crowded terrain has become more combustible as Turkey ever more loudly threatens to push through these lines to attack the nearby Kurdish-Arab town of Manbij and other Kurdish-run towns further east. The presence of the Americans is a main obstacle preventing them from doing so."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 03/30/2018 - 7:20pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. military is racing to demonstrate it is making progress in Afghanistan during a critical period that will test President Trump’s strategy and, potentially, political support for the war. Military leaders say the arrival of new troops and aircraft, along with a renewed mission to advise local operations more closely, will help reverse a Taliban resurgence that has exposed the fragility of the long American project in Afghanistan."
by Bloomberg News | Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:55pm | 0 comments
"Modern warfare is, in part, about marketing. So, in its National Security Capability Review, the U.K. government chose a glitzy, tech-sounded new-age name: 'fusion strategy.' That may have part been to avoid the term 'hybrid warfare' often applied to today's Russian warfighting. The difference is subtle but important."
by Foreign Affairs | Fri, 03/30/2018 - 3:43pm | 0 comments
"The kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls from Dapchi last month is the latest event to cast doubt on the Nigerian government’s claims that Boko Haram has been technically defeated. Unfortunately, the attack should have come as no surprise. Since 2015, the jihadist group has lost significant territorial control and no longer holds major cities. But as I saw during my fieldwork in Nigeria in January, the jihadist threat is far from gone, and counterinsurgency policies continue to be troubled and troubling."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:30pm | 4 comments
"After the Vietnam War, the U.S. military deliberately set out to forget everything it had learned about the brutal and unpleasant business of fighting guerrillas. The generals were operating under the assumption that if they didn’t prepare for that kind of war, they wouldn’t be asked to fight it."
by DoD News | Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:03pm | 0 comments
A new Army formation deployed to Afghanistan is dedicated to focusing the power of the Afghan military and government on taking the fight to the Taliban to convince the group to reconcile. The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade will help the Afghan national security apparatus to increase its effectiveness.
by The Center for a New American Security | Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:18pm | 2 comments
A new study from the Center for a New American Security examines how the spread of advanced technologies and operational concepts has enabled state competitors to contest U.S. military primacy. It closes with recommendations for assuring an American military advantage to the year 2025 and beyond.
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:20am | 0 comments
Continue on for links to all of the articles in the latest CTC “Sentinel”.
by Stars & Stripes | Wed, 03/28/2018 - 9:25pm | 0 comments
"Moscow recently invested $20 million to rebuild the ruined edifice of an old Soviet Union-era cultural center in downtown Kabul, giving it a new name as Russia continues to rebrand itself in a country where it waged a long and bloody war."
by Voice of America | Wed, 03/28/2018 - 8:11pm | 0 comments
Afghan officials have been warning for months about the flow of 3,000 foreign fighters, many of whom had been coming from Pakistan and Uzbekistan to join the Islamic State terror group’s Afghan affiliate, IS-Khorasan. Now, officials are warning of a new surge of jihadists, many coming to Afghanistan from places like Iraq and Syria via routes that lead through Pakistan.