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by Foreign Policy
February 11, 2017 09:50 AM | Comments (0)
“A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria. Their business model could go global.”
by The Strategic Studies Institute
February 11, 2017 08:57 AM | Comments (0)
SSI online book the includes history, doctrine, modus operandi, and U.S. policy to degrade and defeat terrorism in the name of Sunni Islam.
by Stars & Stripes
February 11, 2017 08:46 AM | Comments (1)
“Attorneys for Sgt. Bergdahl will spar with prosecutors Monday over disparaging comments about the accused deserter made by President Trump on the campaign trail.”
by Voice of America
February 10, 2017 06:14 PM | Comments (0)
He confesses to being an IS fighter and taking part in military operations, as he has already told authorities. But he maintains he has committed no crimes against civilians.
February 10, 2017 04:53 AM | Comments (1)
The concerns are still in the early stages, with most of those willing to share their thoughts expressing a willingness to give the Trump administration more time.
by The Washington Post
February 10, 2017 04:28 AM | Comments (0)
“Rather than a shattering defeat for the adversary, Mosul may be the start of a breakout to other regions.”
by The Council on Foreign Relations
February 9, 2017 10:14 PM | Comments (1)
During today’s hearing, SASC Chairman McCain asked Nicholson outright, “In your assessment, are we winning or losing?” Nicholson replied, “We’re in a stalemate.”
February 9, 2017 08:08 PM | Comments (0)
“Underneath the drama and chaos of the Donald Trump White House a cadre of deeply serious, tested military intellectuals at the NSC is shaping Trump's Middle East policies.”
by DoD News
February 9, 2017 02:07 PM | Comments (0)
"The enemy is completely surrounded in West Mosul, and those who do not surrender to the Iraqi security forces will be killed there."
by Defense One
February 9, 2017 11:41 AM | Comments (1)
“The commander of U.S. forces there lays the first major war decision on Donald Trump’s desk.”
by Bloomberg News
February 9, 2017 09:48 AM | Comments (0)
“The ‘tortoise-like’ Colombian army is losing its grip on a key cocaine zone and the cartels are offering former FARC rebels $600 per month to enlist.”
February 8, 2017 09:46 PM | Comments (0)
“The retired general’s most visible role has been of a different sort: soothing Americans and allies unnerved by the president and some of his top advisers.”
by Ehsan M. Ahrari
February 8, 2017 08:11 PM | Comments (0)
The election of Donald Trump as president has made America’s fight against ISIS increasingly difficult.
by Marine Corps Gazette
February 8, 2017 10:14 AM | Comments (0)
Objective analysis of US military effectiveness in Afghanistan and Iraq can only conclude that we were unable to translate tactical victory into operational and strategic success.
February 8, 2017 08:28 AM | Comments (0)
A study based on dozens of interviews with Taliban insiders suggests exploiting fractures within the group’s rank and file.
by Keith Nightingale
February 8, 2017 12:16 AM | Comments (0)
The sudden rush of dark-like thunder. Surprise of silence. Instant cathedral for the mind. Breathing echoes. Fear wells. Faith in numbers.
by The New York Times
February 7, 2017 10:06 PM | Comments (0)
"Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country."
February 7, 2017 08:07 PM | Comments (1)
"The NSC usually tries to act as an “honest broker” among Cabinet agencies. But how will it function under a headstrong president who sees his role as disruptor-in-chief?"
February 7, 2017 05:12 PM | Comments (4)
The President has turned to his generals for a military strategy, and signed an EO instructing his Cabinet and the JCS to come up with a plan within 30 days - one that can be implemented...
by Georgetown Security Studies Review
February 7, 2017 12:06 PM | Comments (2)
Terrorism and counterterrorism issues discussed in a seminal conference co-hosted by Georgetown University and the University of St Andrews-Scotland.
February 7, 2017 04:11 AM | Comments (0)
“Officials at the DoS’ Global Engagement Center say they’re the first to tap into personal information to discourage individual users from joining the IS.”
by The Daily Beast
February 6, 2017 01:48 PM | Comments (0)
“As the U.S. turns inward, the International Committee of the Red Cross makes the cases for funding front line aid in Syria and Iraq.”
by National Defense University Press
February 6, 2017 05:12 AM | Comments (1)
This article summarizes a new approach to COG analysis as well as elaborating its origins and the influences on its development.
by Military Times
February 5, 2017 08:29 AM | Comments (2)
"The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan."
by The European Journal of International Security
February 5, 2017 12:14 AM | Comments (1)
"Carl von Clausewitz was both an avid analyst of small wars and people’s war and, during the wars of liberation, a practitioner of small war."
February 5, 2017 12:09 AM | Comments (0)
“The conundrum facing Pakistani officials today as they scramble to forestall punitive actions by the Trump administration.”
by The Wall Street Journal
February 4, 2017 06:41 PM | Comments (0)
“North Atlantic Treaty Organization steps up role in fight against Islamic State.”
February 4, 2017 11:48 AM | Comments (0)
“While a reliance on local amateurs has allowed the IS to announce that it can stage terrorism around the world, it has also led to many failed attacks.”
by The Atlantic
February 4, 2017 10:55 AM | Comments (7)
“America cannot punish its elected officials for allowing its military, diplomatic corps, and intelligence services to take risks necessary to pursue its interests.”
by Associated Press
February 4, 2017 06:07 AM | Comments (0)
“Haley, in her first week as U.S. ambassador, has made reform of the United Nations' far-flung peacekeeping operations a top priority, diplomats said.”