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"As fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure..."

"... this hybrid war features an aggressor whose moves are shrouded in ­deception…"

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"We’re caught in a revenge cycle with a death cult, and it’s redefining modern warfare."

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“Despite the President’s warnings at West Point that we must not “rush into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.”

Simply put, he's the man who's going to save Iraq from the orgy of violence that is playing itself out in much of the country. Or at least he's going to try.

... Russia is resorting to a hybrid war, with snap exercises, secret commandos and smuggled missiles.

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An unanticipated result of advances by extremists has been the formation of a unified opposition front composed of oft-divided Kurdish factions from three nations—Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

" ... one of the world's most brutal terrorist groups isn't indifferent to what the western expert community has to say about them."

“Most modern wars have become irregular or asymmetric conflicts between states and nonstate actors.”

The "black market" accounts for a quarter of Mexico's GDP and employs more than half its workforce. The numbers illustrate a failure of public policy and raise a red flag for the...

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Vulnerability Assessment Method Pocket Guide: A Tool for Center of Gravity Analysis by Christopher M. Schnaubelt, Eric B. Larson, and Matthew E. Boyer, RAND Arroyo Center

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Bing West on how to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Amid new intelligence about its growing strength, a consensus is forming that the group presents an unacceptable terrorism risk to the United States and its allies.

“It is… both misleading and misguided to tout the successes of the Colombian case while glossing over the human suffering occasioned by Uribe-era strategies.”

Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview (video and transcript) with Dr. David Kilcullen.

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An influx of fighters with links to the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) played a major role in driving the Islamic State from key areas.

Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border will defend not just his home state but the entire nation.

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"As is all too common in today’s Middle East... the best option is ultimately the least bad option and filled with risk."

Iraq: What is Happening?: Live New America Foundation webcast on Thursday August 14, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

This post is part of a series of weekly professional discussions that occur on Twitter among military leaders in the United States and students and professors at Kings College in London.