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“Conventional forces, Special Forces, guerrillas, terrorists, criminals all mixed together in a highly complex terrain environment, with potentially high densities of civilians.”

"Far from ending the two wars he inherited from the Bush administration, Obama is wrestling with an expanded set of conflicts in the final months of his presidency."

Some excellent work by Special Forces students at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Continue on for an updated Mad Scientist conference call for papers.

At the Hotel DeVille, the city hall of St Mere Eglise, France, the latest memorial ceremony highlights how tenuous is our hold on D Day first person participants.

Continue on for information concerning “Shaping Our NATO”.

Islamic State has come under fierce attack on three fronts stretching from Iraq to Syria.

Continue on for the Mad Scientist conference call for papers.

“A day after Iraqi troops advanced through the southern suburb of Nuaimiya, scores of IS fighters attacked them, army officers told news agencies.”

“The response was overwhelming, though not in the direction that the journalist, Jessikka Aro, had hoped.”

Infinity Journal announces the release their latest issue. Registration is easy and free.


Continue on for two VOA articles.

Who are we and what are we all about?

“If you have not ever done so, I urge you to program into your next trip abroad a visit to an American military cemetery.”

U.S. officials are warning of Islamic State’s ability to inspire violent deeds around the world without commanding or having any direct contact with terrorists.

“After a series of terrorist attacks on hotels and other tourist sites that raised concerns all across Africa, the United States has increased training exercises with militaries here.”

Continue on for a link to the CNAS report.

"From the outside, U.S. Special Operations Command’s latest attempt to find and test the best technology for its operators looks like one more downtown storefront here."

New York Times Op-Ed by Vietnam War veterans John Kerry, John McCain and Bob Kerry.

“The ambush that killed Mullah Mansour marked a critical moment in Obama administration policy on Afghanistan.”

“A genuinely sustainable victory against IS necessitates a solution to the broader conflict in Syria.”

"We don’t know what the outcome will be or what the borders will look like; the United States isn’t even sure what it wants."

"The strike that killed Mansour crossed numerous lines that have constrained America’s fight with the Taliban, and its drone war in Pakistan."

“The Afghan government is giving support to a Taliban faction in an effort to sow rifts within the insurgency and nudge some of its leaders toward peace talks.”

“This attempt to integrate the weaker Sunnis with stronger Kurds represents a more pragmatic alternative to the earlier $500 million 'train and equip' program.”

“Surveying the wreckage of the Middle East and the fraying of Europe, President Obama would like us to believe that no other policy could have worked better.”

“If legitimacy is indispensable, how do we explain the apparent ability of authoritarian states to defeat insurgents with little to no concern for popular support or root causes?”

The Afghan intelligence agency NDS confirmed that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan near the Afghan border.

The op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, ‘Take the Gloves Off Against the Taliban’, by Dave Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon is at once reasonable, baffling, insufficient and...