"These individuals were already radicalized before the Islamic State was on their radar screen... ISIS will claim with the most scant level of interaction.  But this is of no help in determining the real motives and activities of these mass murders."

-- Dan Byman

When Cities Fall: Mosul, Tal Afar & Raqqa - A VOA News Project Report

"Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation."

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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Opportunity might reside in the administration’s focus on security, where non-traditional strategy could still address foreign extremism.

Cocaine and illicit-timber trade are linked by their profitability, industrial proximity, and smuggling convenience.

Here is the latest from the US Army TRADOC G2 Mad Scientist Project - "Serious sport is war minus the shooting".

I recently wrote a short history of body armor article for Small Wars Journal. Here, I deal with the other side of the story and take you through the history of ammunition for small arms.

The U.S. needs something that can do more than just fight and win battles.  MDB is a start, but something far more ambitious is needed.

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The independence dream was felled by a lightening advance by Iraqi counter-terror units, trained and equipped by the U.S., and Shi’ite militias, trained and equipped by Iran.

"Isnilon Hapilon and a fellow siege leader were killed in a battle to free Marawi from Isis-linked militants, officials say."

"Trump’s declaration comes as Baghdad government forces push into Kirkuk amid conflict with Kurds over disputed territory, threatening to disprupt fight against Islamic State."

"Elite Iraqi forces take control of local government building in Kirkuk."

The Peshmerga General Command has said the attack on Kirkuk by the Iranian Quds-backed Iraqi forces and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi is “a flagrant declaration of war against Kurdistan.”