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"Top Afghan officials and representatives of an anti-government armed group have reported major progress in their protracted peace negotiations."

"Turkey and a key Syrian opposition group pledged to support a complicated and partly-secret cease-fire deal agreed upon by the United States and Russia."

Here are some points to consider as compiled from numerous grunt-level communications ranging from junior enlisted to senior flags.

"The flow of foreign fighters to the ranks of the IS, once a mighty current of thousands of radicalized men and women from nations across the globe, has been cut to a trickle this year."

This event will be streamed live from 13-14 September 2016. Continue on for information concerning the conference.

"Russia and the United States agreed early Saturday on a new plan to reduce violence in the Syrian conflict that, if successful, could lead for the first time to joint military targeting."

Continue on for a link to the Australian Army doctrine page.

“Four out of five Americans killed at the hands of the enemy have come from a force that makes up less than 4 percent of the men and women in uniform.”

Continue on for information on the Marine Corps Gazette Irregular Warfare Essay Contest.

The September-October 2016 issue of Military Review is now online. Continue on for a short description of each article and a link to download the entire journal.

This article is a critique of the dominant approach within the counter-terrorism community that failed to analyze IS’s trajectory as a distinct group.

“As conflict enters its third year, endgame still elusive.” Generals Mattis and Zinni weigh in on the war against ISIS.

Stability operations require careful targeting, design, implementation, and evaluation.

“Obama’s second chances shouldn’t be just for common convicts.”

“Scholars have struggled to find evidence that killing leaders is an effective way to dismantle terrorist organizations, instead finding ample evidence that it makes little difference.”

The G-2 said he can foresee a time in the near future when Army ground-based systems will be used to create favorable conditions for the Navy and the Air Force.

“Duterte is making good on his campaign promise to push the process forward. But there is less clarity now than there was at the end of last year.”

The Bush is ugly and beautiful at the same time. The Bush is forever.

Continue on to read the introduction and to download the full report.

“This data set consists of twenty-one teleoperated weapons systems used by terrorist and insurgent groups.”

As usual, some elements in Congress have agreed to re-make the world to fit its peculiar notion that reality, in the end, will conform to Congressional perspective.

“For Afghan infantry troops who bear the brunt of the war, just getting enough food, rest and ammunition can be a challenge on long deployments.”

"Putin has invested heavily in a program of 'weaponized' information, using a variety of means to sow doubt and division."

The “Mortal Moment” - that moment when an Infantryman is shot at for the first time and responds appropriately.

"Consisting of public opinion warfare, psychological warfare, and legal warfare, the three warfares have been critical components of China’s strategic approach in the South China Sea....

“The DoD and Air Force do not have quality information on the full implications of A-10 divestment, including gaps that could be created by divestment and mitigation options.”

"What’s focusing the minds of U.S. Army leaders right now is the fear that they will be in a major war within five years."

"Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict."

Continue on for an introduction and a download link for the Mad Scientist: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas Compendium.

While IS fighters there are expected to battle to the very end, the group’s best and most effective forces most likely will not be among them.