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“Afghanistan’s old wounds—no longer bandaged by U.S. dollar bills—are opening once again.”

The Small Wars Journal article “The United States’ Covert Efforts in Syria Enabled the Development of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq” has been retracted.

"The death of a Green Beret in Nangarhar province was a grim reminder of continued violence in the deadliest province in the deadliest country where Americans are deployed."

Airstrikes on narcotics processing labs may be forcing the Taliban to seek new ways to finance their insurgency in southern Afghanistan.

"The period was a bridge in Kelly’s late-career transformation from four-star general to field marshal of the Trump White House."

"Brian Wilson knows he’s not the only veteran fascinated by ancient texts, and that’s one reason he’s bringing his expertise to the masses in a new literary podcast."

"Sponsored by the CIA, Phoenix used paramilitary teams to target undercover Communist operatives in villages throughout South Vietnam."

Continue on for links to articles in the latest issue of the Combating Terrorism Center's "Sentinel".

“No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials.”

"For those who can’t get enough of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a documentary about the close-air support jet has surfaced allegedly after nearly four years of being kept off the net."

This Virtual Library’s index page features sources and tips for systematic and thorough online research in international affairs.

“Too Weak for Victory, Too Strong for Defeat”

The announcement followed a tweet from President Donald Trump earlier this week alleging that Pakistan gives “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.”

"If there is one consensus among Afghan leaders and their American counterparts, it is that dealing with Pakistan is both vital and difficult.

"Anti-government protests in Iran, where demonstrations of political unrest are rare, have left at least 20 people dead — and do not appear to be subsiding."

"When does 32,200 – 60,000 = 109,000?"

"Why does the U.S. need these capabilities? Because the main peacetime mission of the Navy is diplomatic and political."

"Rising populations, denser urban areas and existing security threats are forcing military and civilian emergency workers underground."

"The goal is to get the Afghan military moving on its military campaign sooner, rather than later."

"Despite Syrian and Iraqi claims of victory over Islamic State, thousands of militants still holed up in both countries have mounted a number of recent guerrilla-style attacks."

"The defense secretary expects general purpose forces will eventually shoulder missions once the province of their special forces brethren."

"The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained."

Continue on for a holiday note.

"These are all serious issues. However, the Army's strategy for addressing network shortfalls is not a serious response."

Many resisted the concept at first, including the then-President Hamid Karzai, local units without central government’s authority would resemble the militias of the past.

"A once shadowy mission in the Sahel region of western and north-central Africa has been illuminated since the attack that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger."

"The Assad regime and Iran are preparing for the next phase of the long-running war, in which they will attempt to conquer the rest of the country."

"It’s official: Seventeen years after adding another color to its array of distinctive headgear, the Army is getting another beret."

Battered and beaten in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State terror group is surging fighters into Afghanistan, rebuilding its presence and perhaps setting up a new base.

"Today Iraq’s prospects are looking brighter. A resurgent central government has defeated Islamic State, thanks in part to renewed American military involvement."