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"The Kurds claimed victory for the 'yes' vote in an independence referendum rejected by Baghdad and Iraq’s neighbors."

"Thousands of Iranian Kurds, jubilant for their Iraqi kin, staged demonstrations in support of the vote - Iran is home to roughly 8 million Kurds."

Via a 'Foreign Affairs' press release - continue on for the details and links.

“Special operations should not be the panacea for every kind of difficulty that we find ourselves around the world facing, to include terrorism.”

The Center for a New American Security today released two essays as part of its Women in National Security Project.

“The United States military said on Sunday that it had conducted drone strikes on an Islamic State training camp in Libya, killing 17 militants.”

As the British military thinks about counterinsurgency in the post-Afghanistan era, there is surely an opportunity to embrace more enlightened ways of integrating gendered policies.

“Mutual US-Turkey prodding of each other has become more and more frequent, as Erdoğan dabbles with a strategic realignment away from the US and Europe.”

The study found that measures deployed by African governments to combat terrorism actually impel more people to join violent groups.

“U.S. soldiers concluded training Friday with Ukrainian forces on tactics that local troops will use in their long-running battle against Russian-backed separatists.”

The Navy published the final entry, 'End of the Saga: The Maritime Evacuation of South Vietnam and Cambodia', in its nine-book series.

“Russia on Thursday raised the threat of a direct confrontation with U.S. forces in Syria.”

The September 2017 issue of the 'Sentinel' is now online. Continue on for links to all the new articles.

"TV shows used as training guides and “cut-and-paste activities” were among the flaws found by a U.S. government watchdog report."

“Reconciliation is possible, but the country will have to overcome at least five major challenges.”

The Center for Complex Operations (CCO) announced the online release of the first issue of PRISM in its seventh series. Continue on for links to all the new articles.

The authors examine the use of mission command—and the failure to use it—in two battles in the adjacent provinces of Paktia and Khost in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Navy is blaming the high pace of operations, budget uncertainty and naval leaders who put their mission over safety.

President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, doubled down on criticisms of North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela.

“The country may never become a fully-fledged democracy, but staying the course may be the only option.”

"The Senate-passed, fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Bill carries two little-publicized amendments that will impact future war-fighting capabilities."

"The contest for territory is playing out in Deir Ezzour, an oil-rich province where Islamic State has fought to protect its revenue streams."

“That advantage isn’t only about the relative difficulty of getting to the U.S. from the Middle East as compared with getting to continental Europe, but that’s a lot of it.”

“A year after losing its main Libyan stronghold, Islamic State has formed a number of clandestine cells around the chaotic North African country.”

“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.”