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by USNI News | Wed, 04/01/2020 - 6:25am | 0 comments
"The Taliban has shown no interest in cooperating with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to combat the COVID-19 pandemic spreading from Iran, creating the latest obstacle to peace, four regional experts said Monday."
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 04/01/2020 - 6:17am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration proposed that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro hand power to a transitional government in return for sanctions relief and other measures."
by Associated Press | Wed, 04/01/2020 - 5:01am | 0 comments
"The European Union announced Tuesday the launch of a new naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at enforcing the United Nations arms embargo on Libya, after Italy blocked a previous operation claiming that the warships attracted migrants to Europe’s shores."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 04/01/2020 - 4:28am | 0 comments
"The UN Security Council has called on political rivals in Afghanistan to 'rally together' and finalize talks with the Taliban to help end the country’s long, costly war."
by Associated Press | Wed, 04/01/2020 - 3:58am | 0 comments
"The U.N. Security Council is urging Afghanistan’s warring parties to heed the U.N. secretary-general’s call for an immediate cease-fire to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the country."
by Institute for the Study of War | Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:56pm | 0 comments
"The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) deployed roughly a division (over 20,000 soldiers) to Greater Idlib Province between February 1 and March 31, 2020."
by CNN News | Tue, 03/31/2020 - 7:44am | 0 comments
"Some of the most critical US senior military commanders and nuclear and special operations forces are now operating under extraordinary protection measures to ensure that in the event of a sudden security crisis, including any potential nuclear mission, there will be enough healthy troops and leaders to carry out orders as the coronavirus pandemic grows."
by Voice of America | Tue, 03/31/2020 - 6:45am | 0 comments
"Lebanese activists and journalists say they fear the Hezbollah-led Cabinet could be using the COVID-19 pandemic as justification to further consolidate its power through targeting dissent."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 03/31/2020 - 6:36am | 0 comments
"Saudi Arabia is in daily talks with Iran-aligned Houthi insurgents in Yemen and has invited Houthi representatives and the internationally recognized government in Yemen to peace talks in the kingdom, a senior Saudi official said."
by Voice of America | Tue, 03/31/2020 - 6:14am | 0 comments
"Colombia's left-wing National Liberation Army rebel group says it will observe a month-long unilateral cease-fire beginning Wednesday."
by Defense News | Mon, 03/30/2020 - 7:04pm | 0 comments
"The Pentagon has asked Congress to allow it to classify its Future Year Defense Program spending projections, new documents have revealed."
by Al-Monitor | Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:20am | 0 comments
"Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to their first nationwide cease-fire in four years, part of an effort to fend off calamity should the war-ravaged nation controlled by rival governments be struck by the coronavirus pandemic."
by Military Times | Mon, 03/30/2020 - 8:48am | 0 comments
"All is not quiet in Europe. Especially on Ukraine’s eastern front, where Russians are attacking Ukraine forces on land, from the air and on the water, Ukraine military officials tell Military Times."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Mon, 03/30/2020 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"The Afghan government has slammed the Taliban after the militant group rejected Kabul's negotiating team for upcoming intra-Afghan peace talks aimed at ending the nearly 19-year war."
by Associated Press | Sun, 03/29/2020 - 9:12pm | 0 comments
"The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew Sunday from a military base in the country’s north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran. The K1 Air Base is the third site coalition forces have left this month, in line with U.S. plans to consolidate its troops in two locations in Iraq."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 03/29/2020 - 3:30pm | 0 comments
"The Afghan government has criticized the Taliban for rejecting Kabul's negotiating team for upcoming intra-Afghan peace talks aimed at ending the nearly 19-year war."
by Voice of America | Sun, 03/29/2020 - 11:35am | 0 comments
"Citing a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the militia, Saudi state news agency SPA reported that Riyadh intercepted two ballistic missiles over the capital as well as Jizan, a city along the Middle Eastern country’s border with Yemen, late Saturday."
by The New York Times | Sun, 03/29/2020 - 9:02am | 0 comments
"When France sent its forces into Mali, a former French colony, after armed Islamists took control of the West African country’s northern cities, their mission was supposed to last only a few weeks."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 03/28/2020 - 9:11pm | 0 comments
"North Macedonia became NATO's newest member with the presentation of its 'instrument of accession' to the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C., NATO said in a statement from its headquarters in Brussels."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 03/28/2020 - 8:52pm | 0 comments
"Taliban forces have taken control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badakhshan, an overnight development that was followed on March 28 by an announcement that the militant group will not negotiate with a team recently unveiled by the Afghan government."
by The New York Times | Sat, 03/28/2020 - 5:26pm | 0 comments
"The Pentagon has ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of American combat in Iraq, issuing a directive last week to prepare a campaign to destroy an Iranian-backed militia group that has threatened more attacks against American troops.
by The Washington Post | Sat, 03/28/2020 - 12:18pm | 0 comments
"Iran-backed militias are becoming more audacious in attacking U.S. personnel in Iraq, with rocket strikes against military bases occurring more frequently and, for the first time, in broad daylight."
by The New York Times | Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:53am | 0 comments
"The Taliban on Saturday attacked several provinces in northern Afghanistan, overrunning large parts of one district even as American diplomats expressed optimism that a peace process stalled over the release of prisoners was getting back on track."
by Voice of America | Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:17am | 0 comments
"While the government of President Ashraf Ghani downplays the repercussions of a potential $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan, ordinary Afghans and experts warn the country is not in a position to withstand such a financial blow as it struggles with ongoing political instability that threatens the country’s peace process and growing fears of a COVID-19 outbreak."
by Voice of America | Sat, 03/28/2020 - 9:32am | 0 comments
"Top U.S. adversaries appear to be coming together, using social media and other cyber means to amplify disinformation regarding the coronavirus, with the intent of harming the United States and hindering efforts to curb the global pandemic."