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As the push to recapture Mosul from Islamic State enters its final days, Iraqi forces say they will soon launch an assault on Hawija, the terror group's last stronghold in the country.

WSJ op-ed: “President Santos’s deal for the FARC yields more violence.”

“As the fight against the Islamic State moves beyond its de facto capital in Raqqa, the Pentagon is readying itself for an increasingly complex battlefield in northern Syria.”

“Fast-paced developments between the various players of the Syrian war raise questions about the geopolitical importance of the northeastern region.”

“The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation.”

Lessons via the Australian Army’s Land Power Forum.

The deputy commander of the U.S.-led coalition working to defeat the Islamic State group said Monday "the final liberation of Mosul is drawing ever closer."

"The Islamic State group is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear."

Islamic State fighters defended their remaining stronghold in the Old City of Mosul, moving stealthily along narrow back alleys and slipping from house to house through holes in walls.

“What the siege of a Philippine city reveals about ISIS’ deadly new front in Asia.”

"The combination of ROK and U.S. SOF provide a powerful capability to the Commander of ROK/US CFC."

“It’s Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster vs. Putin ally Valery Gerasimov.”

DOD faces five key challenges that significantly affect the department's ability to accomplish its mission. DOD has demonstrated progress addressing challenges, but significant work remains.

“Cases in Sahel, Lake Chad and other regions illustrate what works.”

“The president campaigned against nation-building. But he hasn't decided what to do instead.”

Continue on for a TCB interview with longtime SWJ supporter and contributor COL (ret.) David Maxwell.

"Several new factors now in play make the ISIS-linked coalition different. The ISIS drive to establish a global caliphate has given common cause to formerly unaffiliated groups."

Continue on for links to all the articles in the latest issue of the US Army War College's Parameters.

The Army will need more cybersecurity personnel in the future than it has today and will need to continually adjust its strategies for recruiting, training, and qualifying cyber specialists.

S. Syria, once the quietest corner of the country’s multisided conflict, has unexpectedly become the most volatile flashpoint between America and Iran as the two countries vie for control.

“Social media analysis has significant potential to support military information operations by providing a window into perspectives, thoughts, and communications.”

“The United States should not have ended a special-operations task force in the southern Philippines three years ago in light of the weeks-long jihadi siege of a city there.”

“The researchers compiling the U.S. Army’s accounts of Iraq and Afghanistan have an unprecedented - and overwhelming - volume of material to work through.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said late Tuesday.

“Cyberweapons hit limits against an enemy that exploits the internet to recruit, spread propaganda and use encrypted communications, all of which can be quickly reconstituted.”

“U.S.-backed forces cleared mines from the eastern fringe of the Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday as a second front south of the city appeared to falter.”

“Will the defeat of Islamic State in Iraq be a foreign policy victory for Donald Trump? With the fall of Mosul imminent, what happens next?”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today launched a full-throated attack on looming across-the-board spending cuts during a budget hearing on Capitol Hill.

"A recent string of violent episodes in Southeast Asian countries sheds some light on the challenges facing this region as it grapples with extremism."

“The news of the cooperation is significant, because the country’s president had previously threatened to kick out U.S. troops.”