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by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:11pm | 0 comments
“Taliban fighters killed dozens of government soldiers in overnight attacks on two security checkpoints in northwestern Afghanistan, authorities and medical personnel said Wednesday, in the insurgent group’s first major assault since refusing to extend an unprecedented three-day cease-fire.”
by Voice of America | Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:51am | 0 comments
Somalia’s most dangerous terror group is likely not getting any stronger despite a series of deadly attacks, including one that claimed the life of a U.S. special operations soldier earlier this month.
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:33am | 0 comments
Today, SIGAR released a review of the construction of a 233-kilometer segment of Afghanistan's Ring Road between Qeysar and Laman. Since 2006, the project has been funded by five separate grants from the Asian Development Bank totaling $721 million.
by Morgan Smiley | Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:17am | 0 comments
Our Air Force allowed us to go from air superiority to air dominance. In order to maintain it, we need to go higher. From that higher level, we can protect the vital assets that allow our modern high-tech society to function.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:23am | 0 comments
The U.S. Army general nominated to head U.S. military operations in Afghanistan says Washington must be careful not to withdraw too quickly, otherwise terror groups will regroup and plunge the country into deeper conflict.
by DoD News | Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:12am | 0 comments
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva told the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition that DoD has learned lessons from past disasters such as the earthquake in Pakistan, the tsunami in South Asia, the Haitian earthquake, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the earthquake/tsunami that hit Japan. In humanitarian crises occurring today, with most caused by war, 66 million people are displaced in the Middle East, Asia, South and Central America and the Arabian Peninsula.
by The Washington Post | Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:15pm | 0 comments
"The statement by Army Lt. Gen. Austin 'Scott' Miller during his confirmation hearing was an acknowledgment that the war has dragged on nearly 17 years and of how past U.S. commanders often proclaimed that conditions were set for forces to make significant progress soon."
by Military Times | Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:53pm | 0 comments
“While acknowledging that 17 years of war “is a very long time,” the incoming head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan told lawmakers he sees progress in the ongoing fight thanks to recent changes in military strategy there.”
by Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments | Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:10pm | 0 comments
A Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments Study - "By the middle of the 21st century, ground forces will employ tens of thousands of robots, and the decisions of human commanders will be shaped by artificial intelligence; trends in technology and warfare make this a near certainty."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:23am | 0 comments
"And then they come, bus after bus, wheelchair after wheelchair, battalions of his bent brothers, stooped with years but steeped in pride, veterans coming to see their country’s monument to their sacrifice and to be welcomed by of one of their country’s icons."
by The New York Times | Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:05am | 0 comments
"Raiding among cattle-herding tribes is a traditional part of life in South Sudan, but in the past five years, the skirmishes have become more violent and unrestrained. Small armed bands that traditionally guarded their communities’ livestock have been drawn into bitter proxy battles."
by Association of the United States Army | Mon, 06/18/2018 - 9:05pm | 0 comments
John Nagl and Paul Yingling - "We are old men who spent the better part of two decades fighting on the battlefields of the Middle East and in the halls of the Pentagon. In the Middle East, our enemies were insurgents. In the Pentagon, we were the insurgents: pushing the Army to adapt to the challenges of irregular warfare. Our goal here is not to refight those old battles. Instead, in the great tradition of Kenny Rogers, we’d like to offer some advice to young leaders who are considering fighting the battle for defense reform."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 06/17/2018 - 4:21pm | 0 comments
“After two days of rising hopes across the country, Taliban leaders Sunday brusquely rejected the government’s proposal to extend a three-day ceasefire and said they were ordering all insurgent fighters to resume operations against ‘the foreign invaders and their internal supporters.’”
by SWJ Editors | Sun, 06/17/2018 - 2:01pm | 0 comments
Via the United Nations University's Centre for Policy Research - "There is a clear case to be made that the sustainable development fight may be won or lost in cities. Urban areas, especially in conflict-affected contexts, are emerging as epicentres of multi-layered violence and extreme vulnerability."
by Voice of America | Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:25pm | 0 comments
"A suicide bomb attack has killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 50 others in eastern Afghanistan, a day after a deadly attack in the same area targeted government soldiers and Taliban insurgents celebrating a temporary cease-fire during the Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr."
by Associated Press | Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:51am | 0 comments
"In 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, signed a peace deal that ended five decades of conflict. The peace accord was praised around the world but its implementation has been slow going and ridden with obstacles."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 06/16/2018 - 8:04pm | 0 comments
"President Ashraf Ghani ordered the extension Saturday of a first-time cease-fire with Taliban insurgents, offered to provide medical treatment to injured Taliban fighters and announced that 46 Taliban prisoners had been released Friday as a sign of official goodwill."
by The Hill | Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:58am | 0 comments
"The Government of Afghanistan on June 7 offered a unilateral, week-long cease-fire to the Taliban beginning June 12, in observance of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Of course, a cease-fire is not a peace agreement, but it can lead to one."
by Stars & Stripes | Sat, 06/16/2018 - 7:14am | 0 comments
"The first day of the Eid holiday in eastern Afghanistan brought a strange sight - presumed Taliban fighters walking up to Afghan soldiers at checkpoints and taking selfies with them."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 06/16/2018 - 6:46am | 0 comments
"Nearly two years after a historic peace accord ended Latin America’s longest-running insurgency and garnered a Nobel Prize, an old scourge is again spreading across the rural valleys and jungle towns of Colombia’s northeast - guerrilla warfare."
by The New York Times | Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:34pm | 0 comments
"They come from all walks of life, ages 17 to 65. Among them is a high school student who went home to complete his final exams before rejoining the others; a poet who still carries in his chest one of the four bullets he was shot with; a bodybuilding champion who abandoned his gym and has lost 20 pounds of muscle on the journey. They are day laborers, farmers, retired army officers, a polio victim on crutches, a mechanic who was robbed of his sight by war."
by Military Times | Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:15pm | 0 comments
“As missiles fly and bombardments are launched by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, experts say that requests for direct U.S. military involvement to take the vital port city of Hodeida could open a host of problems for U.S. concerns in the civil war-ravaged nation.”
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:50am | 0 comments
Today, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko delivered remarks at New America in Washington, D.C., marking the launch of SIGAR's fifth lessons learned report.
by Military Times | Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:29am | 2 comments
“The proposal for the report suggests the Marine Corps could take over all counterinsurgency missions from the Army, thereby eliminating the newly established and deployed Security Force Assistance Brigades.”
by DoD News | Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:27am | 0 comments
Nearing its 100th day of its deployment in Afghanistan, the highly trained and specialized 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade for the NATO Resolute Support mission is seeing results, the brigade’s commander said today.