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by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:04pm | 0 comments
"Britain’s decision to seize an Iranian tanker off the coast of its overseas territory of Gibraltar earlier this month is fast snowballing, dragging the country deeper into an escalating crisis between Iran and the West."
by The New York Times | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 7:33pm | 0 comments
"The Army has failed to adequately train and equip the military bomb technicians and infantry troops who are increasingly accompanying American commandos on high-risk missions in war zones, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 6:36pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. government has taken custody of an American citizen suspected of fighting for Islamic State and is returning him from Syria to stand trial in the United States, officials said Thursday."
by Parameters | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:59am | 0 comments
The latest issue of 'Parameters' is now online, continue on for links to all the articles.
by The New York Times | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:15am | 0 comments
"Britain on Saturday threatened Iran that “there will be serious consequences” for seizing a British-owned oil tanker the previous evening as the government warned ships to avoid the crucial shipping lanes of the Strait of Hormuz."
by Associated Press | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:14am | 0 comments
"Britain's foreign secretary said Iranian authorities seized two vessels Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, actions signaling an escalation in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint in tensions between Tehran and the West."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:41pm | 0 comments
Via C4ISRNET - “At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz,” read the statement from Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesperson. “A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached [USS] Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew”
by The New York Times | Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:13pm | 0 comments
"Iran said Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and the tanker’s owner said it had lost contact with the vessel as it appeared to be heading toward Iran. The British government said it was urgently seeking information about the incident."
by Associated Press | Fri, 07/19/2019 - 5:28am | 0 comments
"A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 5:42pm | 0 comments
"Guzmán may be gone, but the cartels are not. Gladys McCormick, an expert in Mexico’s political violence at Syracuse University, told Today’s WorldView in an email that while there are no longer any major drug lords to focus media or political attention on, cartels have shifted to a horizontal leadership akin to multinational corporations."
by Voice of America | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 4:06pm | 0 comments
"Iranian state television said Thursday forces from the country's Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign tanker accused of smuggling oil. The report said the vessel was intercepted Sunday in a section of the Strait of Hormuz south of Iran's Larak Island with 12 crew members on board."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 4:00pm | 0 comments
"BREAKING: President Trump said the drone came very close to the USS Boxer and ignored multiple calls to stand down."
by Military Times | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 3:30pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. poured more than $50 million into drug treatment programs in Afghanistan between 2013 to 2018 — but it’s unclear if the programs are making a difference, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 2:31pm | 0 comments
Continue on for links to the articles in the July 2019 issue of the 'Sentinel'.
by The New York Times | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 1:26am | 0 comments
"As talks with the Taliban proceed, soldiers and police officers reflect on the pain of making peace with a deadly nemesis."
by Voice of America | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:48am | 0 comments
"The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces a public health emergency of international concern."
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:37pm | 0 comments
"Suspected nation-state hackers from Russia, Iran and elsewhere have launched nearly 800 cyberattacks against political organizations over the past year that have been detected by Microsoft Corp. , with the vast majority of the attempts targeting groups based in the U.S."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:54pm | 0 comments
This CSIS report addresses the options for staying in Afghanistan, for reaching a cosmetic or real form of peace, and for some form of unilateral withdrawal.
by Foreign Policy | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 5:56am | 0 comments
"A few years after Bogotá struck a deal with the FARC, challenges to the agreement risk undermining it."
by Army Times | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 5:32am | 0 comments
"The Army’s 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade is activating Tuesday during a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, as it prepares for overseas missions in the Middle East."
by Military Times | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 4:54am | 0 comments
"The thoughts and feelings that most veterans have about the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are much more complex than a simple “yes” or “no” response to a survey question. And to oversimplify those thoughts misrepresents the opinions of the veteran community, and may lead the American public to draw the wrong conclusion."
by Military Times | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 3:48am | 0 comments
"To counter Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East, the U.S. must maintain a strong diplomatic and military presence in neighboring Iraq, experts from the State Department and the Pentagon said at the first Senate hearing on Near East subcommittee Tuesday."
by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 07/16/2019 - 3:26pm | 0 comments
"A third brigade tasked with training forces in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan to provide better security in those nations was activated Tuesday during a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas."
by Military Times | Tue, 07/16/2019 - 2:30am | 1 comment
"Today, the U.S. is engaged with the Taliban through its envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalilzad is a Pashtun, as are the overwhelming majority of the Taliban. He is a long-time associate of the Taliban, dating back to the days of the UNACOL negotiations in 1996."
by Military Times | Tue, 07/16/2019 - 1:48am | 0 comments
"Cities give anyone with minimal weapons and determined fighters the ability to contest and, in many cases, tactically defeat a more powerful force. Urban terrain gives the defender the advantage of turning every building into either a sniper attack position, ambush site, or death trap."