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by Military Times | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 9:06am | 0 comments
"U.S. Africa Command officials have long cautioned that Russia and China are trying to expand their control in Africa. But the command believes the U.S. can foil that influence by developing strong relationships with African states and becoming their partner of choice."
by Voice of America | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:52am | 0 comments
Fierce clashes continued Sunday between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters in the northwestern province of Idlib, despite a cease-fire brokered last week by Russia and Turkey.
by Voice of America | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:49am | 0 comments
World leaders agreed Sunday to respect an arms embargo and back off from interfering in Libya, where forces from two rival governments are fighting for power.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 4:54pm | 0 comments
A missile attack on a military training camp in Yemen has killed at least 80 soldiers. Dozens of others were wounded in the strike in the central province of Marib on Saturday, officials say.
by Associated Press | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 3:29pm | 0 comments
"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to bolster his country’s role under its security pact with the U.S. in “outer space and cyberspace,” as the allies marked the 60th anniversary of a treaty that has been the basis for their postwar defense alliance."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:39pm | 0 comments
"Senior leaders of Turkey, Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, along with the U.S., Italy, China and France attended Sunday’s conference. The leaders of the two main Libyan camps battling for control of the capital aren’t expected to meet with each other."
by Voice of America | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 11:56am | 0 comments
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is appealing for $375.5 million to support its efforts to promote and protect human rights in dozens of countries around the world at a time of great turbulence and erosion of fundamental rights.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:27am | 0 comments
Representatives of more than 10 countries, including Turkey, the United States, and Russia, are expected to gather in Berlin on January 19 in an attempt to end the conflict in Libya and prevent what some fear could be another Syria-like refugee flood.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 12:09pm | 0 comments
"Leaders and top officials of world powers are set to attend a conference in Germany on Sunday that aims to produce a cease-fire deal among warring parties in a nine-year conflict in Libya."
by Voice of America | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 8:58am | 0 comments
Iranian state media have given a distorted view of Western news coverage of a rare public sermon by Iran’s supreme leader, ignoring how Western outlets highlighted perceived shortcomings in his responses to domestic problems.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 5:47am | 0 comments
A spokesman for the Taliban has told a Pakistani newspaper that the militant group is hoping to reach an Afghan peace deal with U.S negotiators by the end of January.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 01/18/2020 - 4:51am | 0 comments
"With few vital American interests still at stake there, the U.S. should finally set aside its grandiose ambitions for the chaotic region."
by National Defense University Press | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 5:20pm | 0 comments
The latest issue of the National Defense University Press "Prism" is now online. Continue on for links to all the new articles.
by Defense News | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 2:54pm | 0 comments
"The House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat and Republican joined a growing chorus of lawmakers warning Defense Secretary Mark Esper to reconsider plans to reduce military forces in Africa."
by Voice of America | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 2:25pm | 0 comments
The cease-fire in Syria's Idlib apparently broke down before it even began. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet's spokesman, Jeremy Laurence, told VOA that immediately following the supposed cease-fire declared nearly a week ago, ground-based strikes were being lobbed by both the Syrian government and rebel forces. Soon after, he said, Syria and its Russian allies resumed airstrikes, increasing the threat to civilians.
by Associated Press | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"Documents compiled by a U.S.-based Syrian rights group reveal how Islamic State militants used one of their most powerful bureaucratic bodies to regulate daily life and impose and execute penalties."
by Army Times | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"The Army is looking to make good on its promise to align its Security Force Assistance Brigades to geographic combatant commands, the service secretary confirmed this week."
by Military Times | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"U.S. Africa Command officials believe that al-Shabab militants from Somalia crossed the border into Kenya to conduct an attack on U.S. and Kenyan forces earlier this month in Manda Bay — with the assistance of facilitators within Kenya."
by Politico | Thu, 01/16/2020 - 2:14pm | 0 comments
"U.S. forces have restarted military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq, The New York Times reports, 10 days after U.S. troops hit pause on the mission to focus on protecting bases from Iran."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:09am | 0 comments
"Washington punishes South Sudan after giving it billions, as political deadlock prolongs conflict and raises famine risk."
by Bloomberg News | Thu, 01/16/2020 - 8:01am | 0 comments
Khalifa Haftar was expecting the Kremlin red carpet. Instead he was cooped up in a Russian Foreign Ministry reception building hoping for an audience with Vladimir Putin. In the end, the Libyan military commander lost patience and stormed out. Hours later, he left Moscow in his Dassault Falcon corporate jet bound for the Jordanian capital, Amman.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Thu, 01/16/2020 - 7:58am | 0 comments
It was in the late 1980s when Ismail Qaani -- then a local commander in Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) -- first became active in Afghanistan. It was to be the start of Qaani's decades-long involvement in Iran’s eastern neighbor, where Tehran has carved up influence by arming and offering political and economic backing mostly to the Shi'ite and Persian-speaking communities.
by Voice of America | Thu, 01/16/2020 - 7:57am | 0 comments
Days of protests against Iranian leaders over the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner appear to indicate public anger has been redirected away from America's targeted killing of a top Iranian general. But foreign policy analysts say it is too early to tell if this is the beginning of a broader popular movement.
by Defense One | Wed, 01/15/2020 - 1:01pm | 0 comments
"In two recent memos, the SecDef reveals his intention to change how the Pentagon uses its money, people, and time."
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:17pm | 0 comments
Statement of John F. Sopko (SIGAR): U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan - Testimony Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives.