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“If you have not ever done so, I urge you to program into your next trip abroad a visit to an American military cemetery.”

U.S. officials are warning of Islamic State’s ability to inspire violent deeds around the world without commanding or having any direct contact with terrorists.

“After a series of terrorist attacks on hotels and other tourist sites that raised concerns all across Africa, the United States has increased training exercises with militaries here.”

Continue on for a link to the CNAS report.

"From the outside, U.S. Special Operations Command’s latest attempt to find and test the best technology for its operators looks like one more downtown storefront here."

New York Times Op-Ed by Vietnam War veterans John Kerry, John McCain and Bob Kerry.

“The ambush that killed Mullah Mansour marked a critical moment in Obama administration policy on Afghanistan.”

“A genuinely sustainable victory against IS necessitates a solution to the broader conflict in Syria.”

"We don’t know what the outcome will be or what the borders will look like; the United States isn’t even sure what it wants."

"The strike that killed Mansour crossed numerous lines that have constrained America’s fight with the Taliban, and its drone war in Pakistan."

“The Afghan government is giving support to a Taliban faction in an effort to sow rifts within the insurgency and nudge some of its leaders toward peace talks.”

“This attempt to integrate the weaker Sunnis with stronger Kurds represents a more pragmatic alternative to the earlier $500 million 'train and equip' program.”

“Surveying the wreckage of the Middle East and the fraying of Europe, President Obama would like us to believe that no other policy could have worked better.”

“If legitimacy is indispensable, how do we explain the apparent ability of authoritarian states to defeat insurgents with little to no concern for popular support or root causes?”

The Afghan intelligence agency NDS confirmed that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan near the Afghan border.

The op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, ‘Take the Gloves Off Against the Taliban’, by Dave Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon is at once reasonable, baffling, insufficient and...

The Brussels bombing is a precursor for a Boston or Baltimore or fill in the blank city within our own borders.

"Kosovo now finds itself, like the rest of Europe, fending off the threat of radical Islam."

“The rules of engagement mean that the indigenous Afghan and Pakistani Taliban generally get a pass.”

“The problem, as nearly every commander here will acknowledge, is that U.S. military might cannot make a broken Iraq work as a nation.”

Continue on for a link to the interview.

“Russia has experienced some successes on the Syrian battlefield, but these victories are far from establishing Moscow as the new power broker in the region.”

“It’s time for an American Foreign Legion. It would be a part of the Defense Department, but its enlisted members would be recruited globally.”

Continue on for a OUPblog infographic based on Orde F. Kittrie’s “Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War”.

This report presents a comprehensive examination of the organization, territorial designs, management, personnel policies, and finances of ISI and AQI, both predecessors of the IS.

“I am troubled by what appears to be a growing primary reliance on special operations in lieu of a more comprehensive strategy from the Administration to defeat ISIS.”

Dave Kilcullen discusses the challenges in Africa, to include urbanization, at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

The US military is prepared to support a train-and-equip mission to fight the thousands of IS militants in Libya when the Libyan government is ready for it.

"The sudden rise in ISIS attacks, U.S. officials believe, signals that the terror group no longer is committed to territorial expansion."

"It is Phases IV and V that the United States has recently had more difficulty with, both as a military and as a nation."