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U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster made the remarks Sunday after talks with Afghan leaders on his first trip to Kabul since taking office.

“Good strategies are essential for the priority national-security challenges America faces, whether it is Syria, ISIS, Russia, China, North Korea or Afghanistan.”

“It was born out of deadly failure and evolved into an organization that other nations seek to emulate.”

“The military is looking for new ways to bring in more civilians with high-tech skills who can help against IS and prepare for the new range of technological threats the nation will face....

“Pentagon brass take lead on decisions that were made by White House under Obama; ‘I authorize my military,’ Trump says.”

"Eastern Afghanistan was chosen for the first use of the bomb Thursday for what may seem like a counterintuitive reason: to avoid civilian casualties, because the target was in such a remote...

The decision to strike the Shayrat airbase in Syria after it was linked to the Sarin gas attack on civilians has generally received bipartisan support in the U.S. and found approval among our...

"President Trump called the recent high-profile military actions overseas proof that he’s fulfilling his promise to let defense leaders act decisively without interference."

Dozens of American soldiers have deployed to Mogadishu to train and equip Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia forces fighting extremism in Somalia.

As the United States and Russia clash on Syria, another war-torn nation could play out as a renewed theater for the U.S.-Russia rivalry: Afghanistan.

The Defense Department released this 2003 footage today of a MOAB test after news of the Afghanistan strike was released and published.

"The U.S. Air Force dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb for the first time in combat on Thursday, targeting an underground Islamic State complex."

U.S., coalition and partner forces are edging toward victory in the campaign to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in and around Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq.

"If the United States wishes to maintain its place as a world leader and wisely secure its own interests, it must stay decisively engaged in Africa."

The provincial police chief in Uruzgan told Afghan media that intelligence reports showed visiting Russian generals were providing Taliban militants with weapons and training.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command, conduct a joint briefing from the Pentagon Briefing Room, April 11, 2017.

"Several EU and NATO countries signed up to establish a center in Helsinki to research how to tackle tactics such as cyber attacks, propaganda and disinformation."

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The top U.S. diplomat, meeting for the first time with other leaders from the world's major advanced economies, is looking for support for U.S. military action before heading to Russia.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis praised President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Dr. Mark E. Green of Tennessee to become the next Secretary of the Army.

In the Information Age, the principles of warfare remain basically the same. Our engagement area still resides within the minds of our opponents.

"Soldiers believe that their job is to fight and win battles. So it should come as no surprise that military leaders aren’t adept at forging peace." Review by Robert H. Scales.

"Even for a president who advertised his coldblooded pragmatism, the moral dimensions of leadership find a way of penetrating the Oval Office."

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Jim Gavin had a well-earned reputation as an effective combat commander.  Most importantly, he had the deep love and respect of his soldiers.  He truly was a leader worthy of the led.

Hope and wishes of equal fervor. A future where none now exists. The seeds of soldiers.

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"The administration is in the midst of a larger review of overall Yemen policy that is not expected to be completed until next month."

The Iraqi government announced Saturday that it would temporarily halt the battle to re-take Mosul from IS jihadists after reports emerged of heavy civilian casualties.

Continue on for information concerning the conference and updates on Libya, Somalia and ISIS in Africa.