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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.
by Voice of America | Mon, 05/28/2018 - 7:22pm | 0 comments
The United Nations reports Central African Republic’s five-year-old civil war is intensifying and has now spread to practically all parts of the country, even to those areas in northern and central CAR that have been relatively stable. The U.N. says once safe areas, such as the capital Bangui and the country’s second city and commercial hub, Bambari, have become war zones.
by The Washington Post | Sat, 05/26/2018 - 5:51pm | 0 comments
“After seven years of war, Syrian government forces have taken full control of the area around their capital, Damascus, freeing up an overstretched military to move against the country’s few remaining rebel pockets. The battle for Damascus ended this week with an offensive against the Islamic State.”
by Military Times | Sat, 05/26/2018 - 5:23pm | 0 comments
“The Operation Inherent Resolve mission to defeat the Islamic State has picked up the tempo this month. On May 1, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, resumed major offensive operations in the middle Euphrates River valley, where ISIS holdouts are known to remain.”
by DoD News | Sat, 05/26/2018 - 1:28pm | 0 comments
"As we take time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military this Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to reflect on how it affects me and highlight a few of the organizations that are important to veterans like me."
by CTC Sentinel | Sat, 05/26/2018 - 2:00am | 0 comments
Continue on for a link to the May issue's articles.
by Voice of America | Sat, 05/26/2018 - 12:16am | 0 comments
U.S. efforts to combat terrorists based on the African continent are running into a myriad of problems, perhaps none so vexing, or dangerous, as the constantly shifting alliances and aims of the terrorist fighters themselves. No longer beholden to one group or ideology, or even to the highest bidder, these terror operatives are steadily blurring the lines dividing one group from another.
by The New York Times | Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:54am | 0 comments
"The details of the Feb. 7 firefight were gleaned from interviews and documents newly obtained by The New York Times. They provide the Pentagon’s first public on-the-ground accounting of one of the single bloodiest battles the American military has faced in Syria since deploying to fight the Islamic State."
by Keith Nightingale | Thu, 05/24/2018 - 9:45pm | 0 comments
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