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“The exercise is the thirteenth iteration of the U.S.-India Yudh Abhyas series of drills.”

“The Pentagon and NATO are still trying to map their way forward in the nearly 16-year-old conflict, according to U.S. officials.”

More than 80 people were interviewed for “The Vietnam War,” including veterans, anti-war protesters and Vietnamese on both sides of the conflict.

George Will reviews Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's “The Vietnam War” - “a masterpiece — and a model for assessing our history”.

“The size of the new force is yet to be finalized, but it could number more than 20,000, according to a senior Afghan official.”

“Pakistan’s top diplomat will reproach the U.S. for its new Afghanistan policy at the United Nations General Assembly next week.”

"Those fights also will include the battle for the city of Hawija, whose location in north-central Iraq has made it an ISIS launch-pad for small but deadly raids in nearby cities."

“The collapse of the Islamic State in its most important Iraqi strongholds has brought a rare moment of hope for a country mired in war for most of the past four decades.”

"The impending Kurdish referendum for independence will have significant consequences for the ongoing fight against the Islamic State."

Irbil, Iraq - "For many people here, the upcoming referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq is obvious."

“Fourteen years after the first insurgents emerged in Iraq in 2003, the US may have found a model that works in Iraq.”

"With the French growing weary and international CT efforts concentrated on defeating ISIS in Syria and Iraq, AQIM seems well positioned to carry on its spate of attacks unchallenged."

“A video released by ISIS asks would-be fighters to go to the Philippines instead of Syria and Iraq, the latest sign that the terror group is shifting its recruiting tactics.”

“Problems stem from a common cause—the lack of a framework that helps us both to conceptualize cities and to map the effects on those cities of military operations in them.”

“The risk of future warfare will increase from non-state actors working by, with and through nations, and interactions between technology, terrorists, insurgents and criminals.”

“Russia's military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country's territory from militants.”

Daniel R. Green, “In the Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban” (Naval Institute Press, 2017)

"Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks, there is a fair amount of good news about the state of the battle against jihadist terrorists and some troubling trends."

SWJ dodges a bullet...

SWJ should be up for next 12-24 hours or so and then the unknown. I live in the Tampa Bay area so there is a chance I will not be posting for a few days - Irma is approaching. Stay tuned.

“U.S.-backed forces in Syria announced a fresh offensive around the Islamic State’s most important remaining stronghold.”

“U.S. intelligence analysts have gained valuable insights into Islamic State’s planning and personnel from a vast cache of digital data.”

"Monday’s 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 might be less mournful if we could say that the threat of jihadist terrorism had receded or disappeared."

"The referendum’s approval would start the process of turning the semiautonomous region into an independent state."

“Frustration with the stalemate in Afghanistan has broadened the domestic debate over U.S. strategy there.”

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“A centralized political system in Afghanistan only intensifies the competition for power and increases the cost of holding the country together.”

“The A-29 Super Tucano Provides Major Force Multiplier For Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism Forces.”

“Latest advance by Assad regime highlights the risk of a clash with Washington’s Kurdish-led allies.”

"The military does not have a very impressive record of achieving victory. It has won no wars since 1945—especially if victory is defined as achieving an objective at acceptable cost....