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by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:39pm | 0 comments

Today, SIGAR released a full audit of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations' operations in Afghanistan. TFBSO is a temporary organization created by DOD.

by The Boston Globe | Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:12pm | 0 comments

"Making such a nonfiction movie somewhat limits Spielberg’s ability to create 'Jaws'-like tension, as he does in his fictional classics. Still, a couple of sharks lurk."

by The National Interest | Mon, 01/08/2018 - 8:09pm | 0 comments

“Afghanistan’s old wounds—no longer bandaged by U.S. dollar bills—are opening once again.”

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:01am | 0 comments

The Small Wars Journal article “The United States’ Covert Efforts in Syria Enabled the Development of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq” has been retracted.

by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 01/08/2018 - 9:34am | 0 comments

"The death of a Green Beret in Nangarhar province was a grim reminder of continued violence in the deadliest province in the deadliest country where Americans are deployed."

by Voice of America | Sun, 01/07/2018 - 9:28pm | 0 comments

Airstrikes on narcotics processing labs may be forcing the Taliban to seek new ways to finance their insurgency in southern Afghanistan.

by The Washington Post | Sun, 01/07/2018 - 2:50pm | 0 comments

"The period was a bridge in Kelly’s late-career transformation from four-star general to field marshal of the Trump White House."

by Military Times | Sun, 01/07/2018 - 8:43am | 0 comments

"Brian Wilson knows he’s not the only veteran fascinated by ancient texts, and that’s one reason he’s bringing his expertise to the masses in a new literary podcast."

by The New York Times | Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:36am | 0 comments

"Sponsored by the CIA, Phoenix used paramilitary teams to target undercover Communist operatives in villages throughout South Vietnam."

by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Sat, 01/06/2018 - 9:01am | 0 comments

Continue on for links to articles in the latest issue of the Combating Terrorism Center's "Sentinel".

by The Washington Post | Sat, 01/06/2018 - 7:23am | 0 comments

“No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials.”

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 01/05/2018 - 5:27pm | 0 comments

"For those who can’t get enough of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a documentary about the close-air support jet has surfaced allegedly after nearly four years of being kept off the net."

by Wayne A. Selcher | Fri, 01/05/2018 - 5:15pm | 0 comments

This Virtual Library’s index page features sources and tips for systematic and thorough online research in international affairs.

by Foreign Affairs | Fri, 01/05/2018 - 9:58am | 0 comments

“Too Weak for Victory, Too Strong for Defeat”

by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 01/05/2018 - 8:38am | 0 comments

The announcement followed a tweet from President Donald Trump earlier this week alleging that Pakistan gives “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.”

by The New York Times | Fri, 01/05/2018 - 8:03am | 0 comments

"If there is one consensus among Afghan leaders and their American counterparts, it is that dealing with Pakistan is both vital and difficult.

by The Washington Post | Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:29pm | 0 comments

"Anti-government protests in Iran, where demonstrations of political unrest are rare, have left at least 20 people dead — and do not appear to be subsiding."

by The Cato Institute | Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:25pm | 3 comments

"When does 32,200 – 60,000 = 109,000?"

by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:11am | 2 comments

"Why does the U.S. need these capabilities? Because the main peacetime mission of the Navy is diplomatic and political."

by Military Times | Wed, 01/03/2018 - 1:49am | 0 comments

"Rising populations, denser urban areas and existing security threats are forcing military and civilian emergency workers underground."

by Associated Press | Wed, 01/03/2018 - 1:35am | 0 comments

"The goal is to get the Afghan military moving on its military campaign sooner, rather than later."

by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 01/02/2018 - 6:46am | 0 comments

"Despite Syrian and Iraqi claims of victory over Islamic State, thousands of militants still holed up in both countries have mounted a number of recent guerrilla-style attacks."

by DoD News | Tue, 01/02/2018 - 6:26am | 11 comments

"The defense secretary expects general purpose forces will eventually shoulder missions once the province of their special forces brethren."

by The New York Times | Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:47am | 0 comments

"The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained."

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 11/26/2017 - 4:58pm | 0 comments

Continue on for a holiday note.