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by Associated Press | Mon, 05/20/2019 - 3:30am | 0 comments
"When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside."
by Voice of America | Mon, 05/20/2019 - 3:22am | 0 comments
"Later this week, U.S. officials are expected to brief lawmakers on what has led the administration to strengthen America’s military posture in the Middle East, while evacuating non-essential personnel from diplomatic facilities in Iraq. Members of Congress of both parties have been demanding the White House share information about perceived threats from Iran."
by The Los Angeles Times | Mon, 05/20/2019 - 2:17am | 0 comments
"A compelling case could be made for the use of U.S. military force if Iran posed an immediate threat to vital American interests."
by Voice of America | Sun, 05/19/2019 - 2:14pm | 0 comments
"A delegation from the Kenyan military is sharing experience on how the Cameroon military engineering corps has taken over road construction projects in Boko Haram terrorism prone areas to use the example and develop areas of its territory threatened by Al-Shabab which they say is still a threat. The Kenyan delegation has been in Cameroon for several days."
by Associated Press | Sun, 05/19/2019 - 12:07pm | 0 comments
"Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned."
by Voice of America | Sun, 05/19/2019 - 12:00pm | 0 comments
"Taliban and American military officials have taken to social media to accuse each other of acting against peace building efforts in conflict-torn Afghanistan."
by National Defense Magazine | Sun, 05/19/2019 - 11:07am | 0 comments
"The Army’s ambitious plan to re-create the world in fine resolution for its new training and simulation program will include the inside of buildings."
by InSight Crime | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:02pm | 0 comments
"The capture of a former FARC leader in Colombia has revealed how he tried to falsely enlist drug traffickers within the country’s peace process, registering them as guerrillas having laid down their arms in order to grant them legal protection."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:37pm | 0 comments
"The powerful Lebanese Hezbollah militia has thrived for decades on generous cash handouts from Iran, spending lavishly on benefits for its fighters, funding social services for its constituents and accumulating a formidable arsenal that has helped make the group a significant regional force, with troops in Syria and Iraq."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:15pm | 0 comments
"It is one of the most famous battles of the long Vietnam War. It inspired a movie and congressional hearings, symbolizing for some the incredible bravery of the American infantry in Vietnam and for others the futility and waste of the war."
by Reuters | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 9:45pm | 0 comments
"U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, The New York Times reported Saturday."
by War on the Rocks | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 1:29pm | 0 comments
"Recently... the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction disclosed that “the U.S.-commanded NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan... is no longer assessing district-level insurgent or government control or influence.” The revelation that the U.S. military was no longer providing — or even keeping track of — data on district control led to a flurry of reporting, a lot of questions, and even some accusations that the Pentagon was hiding information that was likely to be embarrassing or not in keeping with a narrative of progress."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 1:16pm | 0 comments
"U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan killed as many as 18 Afghan police officers late Thursday during heavy ground fighting with Taliban forces near the capital of Helmand province, Afghan officials and provincial leaders said Friday."
by The New York Times | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:17pm | 1 comment
"The head of Colombia’s army, frustrated by the nation’s faltering efforts to secure peace, has ordered his troops to double the number of criminals and militants they kill, capture or force to surrender in battle — and possibly accept higher civilian casualties in the process, according to written orders and interviews with senior officers."
by Defense News | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 4:18am | 0 comments
"U.S. Special Operations Command is bullish at the prospect of buying a light-attack aircraft, according to the command’s top leaders — a marked contrast from the U.S. Air Force, which wants to expand the effort to other types of platforms."
by Voice of America | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:40am | 0 comments
"While Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq have largely been forced underground, the terror group's other fighters along with its media operatives appear intent on surging, combining an increase in attacks with ramped-up output on social media."
by The Los Angeles Times | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:33am | 0 comments
"The State Department ordered several hundred U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq on Wednesday, citing heightened threats from neighboring Iran amid a buildup of U.S. military forces in the volatile region and growing concerns of a potential conflict with Tehran."
by The New York Times | Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:19am | 0 comments
"The Indonesian police say they have foiled a suspected terrorist cell with the ability to use Wi-Fi to detonate explosive devices, highlighting advances in bomb-making in a country with a history of militant activity tied to the Islamic State."
by Bloomberg News | Fri, 05/17/2019 - 3:03pm | 0 comments
"The Pentagon is working with its Defense Intelligence Agency to declassify and release images -- including two traditional sailing vessels carrying land-attack missiles -- to back up the Trump administration’s claims of a growing threat from Iran, according to four defense officials."
by The New York Times | Fri, 05/17/2019 - 2:07pm | 0 comments
"When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? This is the first in a series in which The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see if those promises were kept."
by Marine Corps Times | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:42pm | 0 comments
"The March 1 assault by Taliban fighters against the generally perceived secured major military base in Helmand, Afghanistan, will result in some of the first combat action ribbons for a small group of Marines, whose primary task is advising Afghan forces."
by The New York Times | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 2:39pm | 1 comment
"President Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several administration officials, in a message to his hawkish aides that an intensifying American pressure campaign against the clerical-led government in Tehran must not escalate into open conflict."
by Foreign Policy | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:40pm | 0 comments
"Fake news articles and tweets sought to cast Saudi Arabia and other rivals of Tehran in a bad light."
by The New York Times | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:48am | 0 comments
"The attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, on March 1, was not one of the country’s deadliest, but it may well have been its most embarrassing. It was the third time the Taliban had infiltrated that base, the headquarters for the Afghan Army’s 215th Corps."
by Defense News | Thu, 05/16/2019 - 1:28am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon paid contractor TransDigm $1,443 for a for a three-inch ring called a 'non-vehicular clutch disk' which is used in the C-135 transport aircraft, though it cost the company just $32 to produce, giving it 4,436 percent in excess profit, according to a House Oversight and Government Reform memo released Wednesday."