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by The New York Times | Thu, 02/01/2018 - 9:32pm | 0 comments

"After 16 years of war in Afghanistan, experts have stopped asking what victory looks like and are beginning to consider the spectrum of possible defeats."

by Stars & Stripes | Thu, 02/01/2018 - 8:03pm | 0 comments

"Years of war, TV spots depicting the struggles of wounded warriors, and curbs on military advertising budgets have left the armed forces with an image problem."

by Military Times | Thu, 02/01/2018 - 2:40pm | 0 comments

"NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan remains undeterred by Taliban activity as it heads into 2018, officials said."

by The New York Times | Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:15am | 0 comments

'The possibility of a military conflict between two NATO allies is unprecedented but, after years of deteriorating relations between Turkey and the United States, not unthinkable."

by The Washington Post | Thu, 02/01/2018 - 9:50am | 0 comments

"... there is one foreign threat against which the Blue Ridge proved utterly defenseless for many years: a 6-foot-3, 350-pound tugboat owner known as 'Fat Leonard.'"

by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:09am | 0 comments

"The war plan relies on raising troop levels from about 11,500 to about 15,000, deploying more air power against militants and moving military advisers back to the front line."

by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:26pm | 0 comments

"The recent high-profile bombings in Afghanistan have reignited a debate about the state of the war."

by The National Interest | Wed, 01/31/2018 - 6:42am | 0 comments

“Washington’s attempt to find a resolution to the Afghan conflict militarily while continuously antagonizing Iran and chastising Pakistan is bound to end in failure.”

by The Washington Post | Wed, 01/31/2018 - 5:25am | 0 comments

“Step by step, we will clean our entire border,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared over the weekend. But the operation has created an international mess.

by Associated Press | Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:43am | 0 comments

Continue on for more on the ‘civil war within a civil war’

by Voice of America | Wed, 01/31/2018 - 3:48am | 0 comments

Continue on for the text of President Trump's State of the Union Address.

by The Washington Post | Tue, 01/30/2018 - 3:37pm | 0 comments

"Afghanistan’s dwindling prospects for peace took another downward turn Tuesday when both Afghan officials and Taliban leaders issued sharply bellicose messages."

by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 01/30/2018 - 5:47am | 4 comments

“Journalists wrongly portrayed the Tet Offensive as a U.S. defeat and never corrected the record.”

by The New York Times | Tue, 01/30/2018 - 5:33am | 0 comments

"In coming months, the total number of American troops in Afghanistan will grow to an estimated 15,000. Nearly a third of them will have been sent under Trump’s new war strategy."

by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:48am | 0 comments

"Indicators being kept secret include size of Afghan army and police force and number of civilian airstrike casualties."

by Voice of America | Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:18am | 0 comments

A new report paints a bleak picture of U.S. efforts to secure Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the United States invaded.

by The New York Times | Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:06am | 0 comments

"Ending the conflict with the ELN, most here agree, will most likely prove to be even more of a challenge than ending the one with the FARC was."

by Voice of America | Mon, 01/29/2018 - 5:59pm | 0 comments

Kurd officials say Ankara wants to re-shape the demographics of the borderlands in a bid to establish a “corridor of stability” populated by fewer Kurds, with Sunni Arab refugees taking their place.

by Defense One | Mon, 01/29/2018 - 3:01pm | 0 comments

Continue on for a link to this Defense One special report on the war in Yemen.

by Voice of America | Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:53pm | 1 comment

Taliban attacks on two consecutive weekends in Kabul have occurred in the midst of stepped-up efforts by the Trump administration to find a way out of the 16-year-old war.

by Al-Monitor | Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:32pm | 0 comments

"Erdogan is now claiming that Afrin and surrounding towns are majority Arab, although reliable local sources indicate a significant Kurdish majority."

by The Washington Post | Sun, 01/28/2018 - 4:25pm | 0 comments

"The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the location and movements of subscribers."

by The New York Times | Sat, 01/27/2018 - 9:36pm | 0 comments

"Now, some of those fighting alongside the Kurds are vowing to fight against Turkey."

by Voice of America | Sat, 01/27/2018 - 1:08pm | 0 comments

A defiant Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that he’s prepared to risk confrontation with the United States.

by The Washington Post | Sat, 01/27/2018 - 8:31am | 0 comments

"Turkey’s assault against Kurdish militants in Syria has exposed the limitations of the Trump administration’s new Syria policy."