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by Associated Press | Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:13am | 0 comments
"The Syrian fighters vowed to kill "pigs" and "infidels," paraded their Kurdish captives in front of cameras and, in one graphic video, fired several rounds into a man lying on the side of a highway with his hands bound behind his back."
by Associated Press, by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:22am | 0 comments
"The administration’s first punitive actions against Turkey and its effort to start talks came amid widespread criticism on Capitol Hill that Mr. Trump’s decision left Kurdish militias that had aided the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State open to attack."
by The Diplomat | Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"After fading in the wake of 2014’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the TTP is poised for a resurgence."
by DoD News | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 8:37pm | 0 comments
Continue on for a transcript of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper's 14 October statement.
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 7:55pm | 0 comments
"That pact transformed the Kurds, an erstwhile partner of the U.S. in the fight against Islamic State, into a force more closely aligned with Russia and Iran, as the U.S. began withdrawing its troops from northeastern Syria."
by Agence France-Presse | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 4:37pm | 0 comments
"Since the outbreak of Syria's brutal civil war, the United States has stated several objectives -- destroying Islamic State extremists, easing from power President Bashar al-Assad and limiting Iran's influence. In just one decision, President Donald Trump may have undone all three."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 2:51pm | 0 comments
"It has taken a week to reshape the map of the Syrian war, in the seven days since President Donald Trump used what he called his 'great and unmatched wisdom' to order the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria."
by Military Times | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 2:24pm | 0 comments
"The SDF’s demise threatens to erase gains over the last five years that have forced ISIS militants into hiding in remote pockets in the desert and across the Euphrates."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 2:11pm | 0 comments
"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who last week warned that the U.S. would apply sanctions if Turkey proceeded with a military strike in northern Syria, said his office was to present President Trump with retaliatory options."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:56pm | 0 comments
"Syria's army has started to reach the north of the country, hours after the government agreed to help Kurdish forces facing Turkey. State media said government forces, which are backed by Russia, had entered the strategic town of Tal Tamer, 30km (19 miles) south of the Turkish border."
by Associated Press | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 1:32am | 0 comments
"From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"Hundreds of foreign women and children linked to Islamic State escaped from a camp in northeastern Syria when Turkish-backed fighters attacked it, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling the area said, raising fears that the Turkish offensive will undermine American efforts to eliminate the extremist group."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 5:21pm | 0 comments
"The Kurds in Syria say the Syrian government has agreed to send its army to the northern border to try to halt Turkey's offensive against them. Syrian state media earlier reported that government forces had been deployed to the north."
by Voice of America | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 4:37pm | 0 comments
The U.S. is withdrawing all remaining troops from northern Syria, as President Donald Trump said Sunday it was "very smart... for a change" to not be involved in the fighting sparked by Turkey's onslaught against the U.S.'s long-time battlefield ally, Kurdish fighters.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 3:25pm | 0 comments
"U.S. officials and representatives of the Afghan Taliban have begun discussing ways to revive a peace process after talks fell apart last month, according to people familiar with the discussions."
by Military Times | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 1:38pm | 0 comments
"The Secretary of Defense is carrying out orders from President Donald Trump to move US forces in Syria to move south of Turkey’s attacks against Kurds, but not leave that conflict-wracked country."
by Associated Press | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:49pm | 2 comments
"For the nearly 200 candidates scrambling through Hoffman Forest at Camp Mackall, the struggle to become a Green Beret is real. But Army commanders are making sweeping changes to shorten and revamp the course. The aim is to meet evolving national security threats and to shift from a culture that weeds out struggling soldiers at every point to one that trains them to do better."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:28pm | 0 comments
"President Trump has ordered a withdrawal of virtually all U.S. forces from northern Syria in the face of a Turkish military offensive targeting Kurdish fighters in the region, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Sunday, after days of assurances from the Pentagon that the United States was not “abandoning” its partners in the campaign against the Islamic State."
by Military Times | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 1:43am | 0 comments
"American troops and former U.S. officials believe a Turkish artillery strike on Friday that landed about 300 meters from a U.S. commando outpost near the Syrian city of Kobani was done deliberately."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:59am | 0 comments
"Turkish troops move into a Kurdish-held Syrian town on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes as Turkey pursued an invasion of northeastern Syria with heavy artillery and aerial bombardments despite global condemnation and fresh sanction threats from the Trump administration."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:26am | 0 comments
"Kurds under attack from Turkey in northern Syria say they will no longer prioritise guarding Islamic State detainees if the offensive continues."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:08am | 0 comments
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who resigned over disagreements with President Donald Trump, has warned that the Islamic State (IS) extremist group could “resurge” in the wake of Trump’s decision to pull troops out of northeast Syria.
by Associated Press | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 8:13pm | 0 comments
"Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism."
by Marine Corps Times | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 5:37pm | 0 comments
"U.S. forces in Syria are still conducting ground and air patrols in Syria, according to a coalition U.S. military official. The patrols continue despite reports of a temporary pause in anti-ISIS operations in the country as Turkish forces continue to advance against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 3:55pm | 1 comment
Via 'Air Force Times' - "Africa is a vast area where massive opportunity exists. It is a place of robust resources, rare minerals, reserves of oil and the potential for huge gains. Its potential impact can be great and return on investment even greater. With the right resources and development, it can lead to more secure futures, but may be overlooked due to competing investment priorities."