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by Military Times | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 1:26am | 0 comments
“The White House late Tuesday signed a memo allowing troops stationed at the border to engage in some law enforcement roles and use lethal force, if necessary — a move that legal experts have cautioned may run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act.”
by Voice of America | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 1:03am | 0 comments
"An increase in casualties among Afghan military and police forces has prompted the Afghan government to intensify military campaigns against the Taliban and other militant groups, Afghan security officials say."
by Military Times | Thu, 11/22/2018 - 12:03am | 0 comments
“Hours after the White House signed a late Tuesday night directive expanding the authorities of U.S. troops at the Mexican border, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with reporters at the Pentagon to explain what the new policies mean for the domestically deployed forces.”
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 11/21/2018 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
"Despite the Islamic State’s loss of territory in Iraq and Syria, an increasingly diffuse Salafi-jihadist movement is far from defeated. This report constructs a data set of groups and fighters from 1980 to 2018, including from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda."
by Marine Corps Times | Wed, 11/21/2018 - 9:33am | 0 comments
"A small group of Marine advisers operating out of Helmand province, Afghanistan, have taken down their Facebook account citing operational security concerns."
by The New York Times | Wed, 11/21/2018 - 9:17am | 0 comments
"Nearly four times as many Sunni Islamic militants are operating around the world today as on Sept. 11, 2001, despite nearly two decades of American-led campaigns to combat Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, a new independent study concludes."
by Foreign Policy | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 5:46pm | 0 comments
"Another devastating suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday and an independent report on the situation in Afghanistan serve to underscore what is now a growing consensus in Washington: that the United States is making no progress toward ending the 17-year-old war there."
by The New York Times | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:37pm | 2 comments
"President Trump declared his unswerving loyalty to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on Tuesday, declaring that the prince’s culpability in the killing of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, might never be known."
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:26am | 0 comments
Long War Journal - "The Taliban confirmed that it met with a high-level delegation of US officials in Qatar, and quashed news reports that the group wanted the Afghan government to postpone the April 2019 presidential elections and establish an interim government. Yet again, the Taliban insisted that “an Islamic government,” a not-so-vague reference to its Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, rule the country."
by DoD News | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:31pm | 0 comments
"Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford reiterated yesterday that reconciliation is the only way forward in Afghanistan and that political, economic, religious and military pressure must be maintained on the group."
by Foreign Policy | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:28pm | 0 comments
"U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian influence in the United States’ backyard."
by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 9:44pm | 0 comments
"The roughly 5,800 active-duty troops sent to locations along the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections will spend Thanksgiving in Texas, Arizona, and California, but they are expected to return home in time for Christmas, Pentagon officials said Monday."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 9:33pm | 0 comments
"The Trump administration is preparing to add Venezuela to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in what would be a dramatic escalation against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro, according to U.S. officials and internal government emails."
by Military Times | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 7:52pm | 0 comments
“Though a 1,000-fighter strong Taliban takeover of Ghazni City was repelled by a combination of U.S. and Afghan forces earlier this year, conditions remain for the insurgent group to take other vulnerable urban centers, according to a recent report.”
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 11/19/2018 - 8:08am | 0 comments
ML Cavanaugh for the Salt Lake Tribune - "Why go 'over there'? We should first note the vast, impersonal forces that drove Taylor to Afghanistan. Over time, American political consensus has led us into both a commitment in Afghanistan and avoidance of conscription. We also face a post-9/11 global resource-to-requirements challenge that has led us to make operational use of the reserve components. That demand is what pulled a major from the Utah Army National Guard to Afghanistan."
by Voice of America | Sun, 11/18/2018 - 5:06pm | 0 comments
The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation says despite challenges and difficulties he is “cautiously optimistic or hopeful” about facilitating an inter-Afghan peace dialogue to end the 17-year war.
by Associated Press | Sun, 11/18/2018 - 1:04pm | 0 comments
“The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday.”
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 11/17/2018 - 8:26pm | 0 comments
Afghanistan Times - "The National Security Council (NSC) has directed the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) to accelerated counter-insurgency operations across the country to curb civilian and ANDSF causalities. The instruction has made when the Taliban insurgents intensified attacking security forces, in which civilians suffered as well."
by Voice of America | Sat, 11/17/2018 - 7:55pm | 0 comments
"In A Private War, Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike transforms herself into Colvin, a gritty, fierce, inquisitive American journalist who dedicated her life to reporting on atrocities around the world."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 7:30am | 0 comments
"An important upcoming milestone for Afghanistan’s Western-backed democracy and a separate, crucial chance to settle the country’s 17-year war appear to be crashing into each other."
by Military Times, by Voice of America | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 6:16am | 1 comment
"U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is cutting hundreds of U.S. troops from Africa so he can use those resources for potential future conflicts with Russia and China. Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Candice Tresch told VOA the move will cut roughly 700 counterterrorism troops and their enablers from West Africa. That is about 10 percent of U.S. Africa Command's presence on the continent."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 6:14am | 0 comments
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the deployment to the border as “great training” and told active-duty soldiers in Texas not to pay attention to the news coverage of the operation because they would “go nuts.”
by The New York Times | Fri, 11/16/2018 - 6:08am | 0 comments
"It’s a freezing, snowy day on the border between Estonia and Russia. Soldiers from the two nations are on routine border patrol, each side accompanied by an autonomous weapon system, a tracked robot armed with a machine gun and an optical system that can identify threats, like people or vehicles."
by The Hoover Institution | Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:48pm | 0 comments
Continue on for a Hoover Institution Interview with Former National Security Advisor H.R, McMaster and Former Afghan Ambassador to China Janan Mosazai.
by Associated Press | Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:40am | 1 comment
“The United States has waged a drone war in Yemen for 16 years, trying to suppress al-Qaida’s branch here. But the campaign has had a hidden cost: civilians cut down by the drones' missiles.”