"Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan highlighted the U.S. commitment to Iraqi autonomy during talks in Baghdad on Tuesday, in the wake of comments from President Trump that have jeopardized plans for an ongoing counterterrorism presence there."
by The Washington Post, by The New York Times | Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:07am | 0 comments
by The Daily Beast | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:57pm | 0 comments
"An investigation by the independent Government Accountability Project exposes accusations that a hidden network of corruption cost U.S. taxpayers billions."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:54pm | 0 comments
"The trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, and his conviction Tuesday on drug-smuggling charges, brought to an end the decadeslong career of the notorious “El Chapo.” It also revealed in remarkable detail the inner workings of the criminal empire he built, one that rivaled governments and multinational companies in its power and sophistication."
Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S.: Afghan Women Are ‘Not Willing to Give Up Their Rights’by Foreign Policy | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:46pm | 0 comments
"In an interview, Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to Washington sets a hard line for Taliban peace talks."
by DoD News | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 9:50pm | 0 comments
Important work remains to be done in Afghanistan, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him while en route on his first trip to the country Feb. 10. “I have not been directed to step down our forces in Afghanistan,” Shanahan said.
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 9:38am | 0 comments
Ellis Domenech at The Federalist - "American men and women are still being sent to far-off lands, under-trained and under-equipped, to fight in conflicts that have little congressional oversight and little payoff for U.S. strategy."
by Foreign Affairs | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 8:49am | 0 comments
"Details about the U.S. withdrawal from Syria remain sketchy. But whatever Washington ultimately decides to do, Trump’s announcement marked a cruel turn for Kurds across the Middle East."
by The Wall Street Journal, by The Washington Post | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:27am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon’s top official assured Afghanistan’s government on Monday that the U.S. wouldn’t desert the country’s security forces, the Afghan Defense Ministry said, signaling American support for the jittery government while the U.S. holds talks with the Taliban to end the country’s 17-year war."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:25am | 0 comments
"Key lawmakers said late Monday they had reached a tentative agreement over immigration rules and funding for border barriers, a deal that if signed by President Trump would avert another government shutdown set to start at week’s end."
by RAND Corporation | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:23am | 0 comments
"Winning in Afghanistan may not be an available option, but losing certainly is, and a precipitous departure, no matter how rationalized, would mean choosing to lose."
by Voice of America | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:21am | 0 comments
U.S.-backed forces are making “significant progress” against Islamic State fighters in the last sliver of its self-proclaimed caliphate, despite poor weather conditions that have played to the terror group’s advantage.
by Military Times | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 5:39am | 0 comments
"The U.S. military should refine how it identifies and measures civilian casualties during combat operations, to include greater collaboration with humanitarian groups, according to a recently released Pentagon report."
by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 5:38am | 0 comments
"Three men suspected of being responsible for the deadliest terrorist attack in Kabul and another man accused of recruiting hundreds of Islamic State fighters were arrested on Saturday, the national intelligence agency said."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 9:36pm | 0 comments
After 17 years of war, President Trump has called for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Will Kabul fall to the Taliban if the United States disengages? CSIS experts Melissa Dalton, Seth Jones, and Dan Runde explain what’s happening in Afghanistan.
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 7:55am | 0 comments
"The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said the military is pulling equipment out of Syria in preparation for a troop withdrawal that comes as the U.S.-led coalition has entered what it says is the last stages of its fight against Islamic State in Syria."
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 7:23am | 0 comments
Acting U.S. Defense chief Pat Shanahan said Monday the Islamic State group remains a "global presence," as U.S.-backed fighters work to clear the last enclave the militants hold in eastern Syria. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him on a trip to Afghanistan that when it comes to the degree of Islamic State's capabilities, that varies from "residual pockets to sleeper cells."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 7:17am | 0 comments
"The U.S. is considering what cuts to U.S. force levels could support peace negotiations in Afghanistan while balancing risk there, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Sunday."
by The Strategy Bridge | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 6:21am | 0 comments
"The global shift from interstate conflicts to civil wars has required a conceptual change in how impartiality is conceived, raising questions regarding the concrete meaning of impartiality, how to implement it, and whether it’s a desirable feature of UN peacekeeping."
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:37am | 0 comments
H.R. McMaster, John Hannah, etal at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies - Continue on for an introduction an link to this detailed assessment.
by The Wall Street Journal, by Associated Press, by Voice of America | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:31am | 0 comments
Continue on for an update on the situation in Syria.
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:25am | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump’s planned trip Monday to the border city of El Paso, Texas comes days before U.S. government funding is due to lapse once again and as suspense builds over Trump’s vague but persistent threat to declare a national emergency if Congress declines to pay for wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border."
by Associated Press | Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:45am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration’s special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a U.S. peace initiative."
by Voice of America | Sun, 02/10/2019 - 12:55am | 0 comments
"U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday that they had begun an assault against Islamic State to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 02/10/2019 - 12:36am | 0 comments
"Golsteyn, a captain and Green Beret soldier at the time, said he had taken up an ambush position in the Taliban stronghold of Marja when U.S. forces released the man, a suspected Taliban bombmaker known as Rasoul. What happened next is at the center of an Army investigation that has stretched years, resulting in a murder charge against Golsteyn in December."
by Voice of America | Sat, 02/09/2019 - 1:11pm | 0 comments
"The top U.S. negotiator in peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders says he hopes a peace agreement can be achieved before Afghanistan’s next set of elections just five months away."