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by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Tue, 09/10/2019 - 7:32pm | 0 comments
The latest issue of the Combatting Terrorism Center's 'Sentinel' is now online. Continue on for links to all of the articles.
by Fox News | Tue, 09/10/2019 - 1:19pm | 0 comments
"President Trump announced Tuesday that he has fired National Security Adviser John Bolton, saying he 'disagreed strongly' with his suggestions on a range of issues."
by Reuters | Tue, 09/10/2019 - 7:32am | 0 comments
"The U.S. military is likely to accelerate the pace of its operations in Afghanistan to counter an increase in Taliban attacks, a senior U.S. general said on Monday following Washington’s suspension of peace talks with the insurgents."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 09/10/2019 - 7:02am | 0 comments
"Using the Houthis as its proxy, the Iranian regime has established a strategic outpost in war-torn Yemen."
by Associated Press | Mon, 09/09/2019 - 7:25pm | 0 comments
"U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now 'dead,' President Donald Trump declared Monday, two days after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America’s longest war."
by Voice of America | Mon, 09/09/2019 - 5:36pm | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump is denying he overruled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about hosting the Taliban at Camp David for peace talks.
by Associated Press | Mon, 09/09/2019 - 9:15am | 0 comments
"A federal judge on Thursday greatly reduced the sentences of three former Blackwater security contractors, in the latest development from a complex case dating back to the 2007 shootings of unarmed civilians in Baghdad."
| Mon, 09/09/2019 - 7:59am | 0 comments
"U.S. flags fluttered on the back of coalition armored vehicles as they whizzed past tiny hamlets in northeastern Syria. Once part of the sprawling territories controlled by the Islamic State group, the areas are now under threat of an attack from Turkey, which considers these villages’ liberators, the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish-led forces, to be terrorists."
by The New York Times | Mon, 09/09/2019 - 7:36am | 0 comments
"President Trump’s decision to break off peace talks with the Taliban, at least for now, left Afghanistan bracing for a bloody prelude to national elections this month, while the administration declined on Sunday to rule out a withdrawal of American troops without a peace accord."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 09/09/2019 - 5:29am | 0 comments
"The move stemmed from opposing views within his administration and bipartisan criticism of an emerging deal to withdraw U.S. troops."
by The New York Times | Sun, 09/08/2019 - 1:15pm | 0 comments
"Even as President Trump blamed a recent Taliban attack for his decision to call off nearly yearlong negotiations with the insurgents, officials suggested on Sunday it had more to do with the Taliban’s resistance to the American terms for a peace deal, and a rushed plan for a Camp David summit meeting."
by Voice of America | Sun, 09/08/2019 - 11:55am | 0 comments
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Donald Trump "made the right decision" to call off peace talks with Taliban leaders at his presidential retreat because of the terrorist group's on-going attacks in Afghanistan.
by The New York Times | Sun, 09/08/2019 - 10:15am | 1 comment
"Days after Sudanese soldiers massacred pro-democracy demonstrators in Khartoum in June, an obscure digital marketing company in Cairo began deploying keyboard warriors to a second front: a covert operation to praise Sudan’s military on social media."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 09/08/2019 - 12:55am | 0 comments
"President Trump said Saturday he called off a planned Camp David summit with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after a Taliban bomb attack in Kabul killed an American soldier."
by Voice of America | Sat, 09/07/2019 - 11:36am | 0 comments
Officials in Afghanistan Saturday announced that security forces have recaptured a key northeastern district from the Taliban after five years, as heavy clashes raged in provinces elsewhere in Afghanistan.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 09/07/2019 - 5:56am | 0 comments
"Prospective trip by President Ghani represents government’s latest effort to shape the draft withdrawal agreement."
by InSight Crime | Fri, 09/06/2019 - 12:09pm | 0 comments
"The announcement in late August that three important former leaders of the demobilized FARC were returning to war did not only threaten the fragile Colombian peace agreement but raised questions about the power the ex-FARC Mafia have in neighboring Venezuela."
by Associated Press | Fri, 09/06/2019 - 2:12am | 0 comments
"Relentless, deadly attacks by the Taliban, including a car bombing Thursday that killed a U.S. service member, are testing President Donald Trump’s resolve to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and end what he has called America’s 'endless' war."
by The New York Times | Thu, 09/05/2019 - 6:15pm | 0 comments
"The Afghan government is pushing back against American diplomats on the eve of a troop withdrawal deal with the Taliban, concerned that the proposed agreement lacks assurances that the insurgents will honor their promises once American troops leave."
by Voice of America | Thu, 09/05/2019 - 4:35pm | 0 comments
NATO-led military alliance says an American soldier and a Romanian soldier were killed “in action” Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, raising the number of U.S. military fatalities to 16 this year.
by Foreign Policy | Thu, 09/05/2019 - 3:44pm | 0 comments
"The United States came up with 'maximum pressure'—but the Israeli government is the only one carrying it out."
by Time Magazine | Thu, 09/05/2019 - 9:43am | 0 comments
"The U.S. is closing in on a deal with the Taliban that is designed to wind down America’s 18-year war in Afghanistan, but the best indication of how risky the pact may be is this: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is declining to sign it, according to senior U.S., Afghan and European officials."
by Military.com | Thu, 09/05/2019 - 9:12am | 0 comments
"Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is not talking about President Donald Trump in his new memoir "Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead," written with military author Bing West and released Monday."
by Associated Press | Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:57am | 0 comments
"The creation of a so-called “safe zone” in northeastern Syria has gotten off to good start, with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces pulling back from a small, initial area along the Turkish border, a Syrian Kurdish official said — but calm can only prevail if Turkey also removes its troops."
by Voice of America | Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:25am | 0 comments
Since the beginning of 2018, more than 5,000 bodies have been uncovered in and around Raqqa, all believed to be dumped in mass graves by Islamic State militants. But without the resources for DNA or forensic testing, most remains have not yet been identified.