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"The raid to free captives held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is bringing up uncomfortable questions for the Obama administration."

This NDU Book began as two questions: What were the costs and benefits of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what were the strategic lessons of these campaigns?

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"The United States is facing an unprecedented challenge in countering the propaganda of adversaries who recruit and easily spread misinformation through the Internet."

"Combating Islamic State and other successful propagandists cannot be done by matching them tweet for tweet because that only validates their messages."

Continue on to read the first edition of The Norwich Review of International and Transnational Crime.

“You will not make Chief of Naval Operations in this country, you will not make First Sea Lord in the United Kingdom if you tell the truth, it’s as simple as that.”

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It is time for the United States to seriously consider a declaration of war on the Islamic State; it has already declared war on us.

"The Bridge offers some sage advice on leadership and strategic thought that was originally given in the form of a speech in 2010 by Lieutenant General Sir Graeme C.M. Lamb."

Colonel Steven Warren, spokesperson for the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, briefed reporters from Baghdad about military operations in Iraq and Syria.

“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came to office a year ago promising to rebuild his country. But the Iraqi state has grown weaker as power has leaked to Shi’ite militia leaders.”

"Syrian President Assad returned home Wednesday after making a rare trip to Russia to meet with President Putin and discuss the 3-week old Russian military campaign."

"Generals and admirals are mistaken if they believe their only job in war is to execute the policymaker’s war aims."

"U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford flew into Iraq Tuesday to get an in-person assessment of the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants."

“The task goes far beyond what U.S. soldiers are trained to teach.”

“In capacity, capability, and readiness, the US military is currently performing a juggling act that could come crashing down in the event of a significant contingency.”

"As the administration rethinks its Syria strategy, it should start by redefining U.S. interests in the face of an increasingly fractured Syrian conflict."

"In this piece, our author contends with the conflicts and contradictions of the various means to ‘do more with less.’"

"Boko Haram promotes its own version of Islam which forbids Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society."

"Some analysts suggest that the U.S. decision to maintain current troop levels in Afghanistan is basically kicking the can down the road."

“The Obama administration claims leaving 5,500 US troops in Afghanistan is a sign that the US strategy is working. Is it?”

"We could profitably spend some time looking at the life and times of Thomas Edward Lawrence, otherwise known to posterity as “Lawrence of Arabia.” "

"Despite billions of dollars and years of training, Afghan security forces are far from ready to go it alone."

"The new number is almost certainly too low to be effective. Like all of the President’s previous manpower totals, it is not explained and exploits news media."

"An unnamed senior administration official said the president will maintain the current number of troops in the war-torn country at 9,800 through most of 2016."

“Two weeks of air and missile strikes in Syria have given the West a deeper appreciation of the transformation that Russia’s military has undergone under Putin.”

“A role, still, for big armies. Ground forces can do what drones and air strikes cannot. Study a direct challenge to policy makers.”

Though over 6,000 miles away and safely back in the U.S., I have been hearing cries from Kunduz. Suddenly, these voices have stopped.