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by Army Times | Thu, 06/06/2019 - 9:43am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon has concluded its investigation into the October 2017 Niger ambush that left four American soldiers and four Nigerien partner forces dead."
by Military Times | Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:07am | 0 comments
"The days are coming when a squad leader on a battlefield, far from headquarters and large supporting units, will pull out something that looks like a smartphone, open an app and push a button and something in front of his squad will explode."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"Repatriation of women and children shows how Trump administration is willing to take a different tack than some of its allies."
by Divergent Options | Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"The attack by Al Qaeda on 9/11/2001 was the second such attack on the continental U.S., the first being in the 20th century. In view of ongoing discussions about U.S. border security, it is useful to look at the U.S. response to terrorist attacks from Mexico a hundred years ago."
by The New York Times | Wed, 06/05/2019 - 9:16pm | 0 comments
"The United States on Wednesday barreled closer to imposing tariffs on all Mexican imports as high-stakes negotiations at the White House failed to immediately resolve President Trump’s demand that Mexico prevent a surge of Central American migrants from flowing across the southwestern border.
by The Washington Post | Wed, 06/05/2019 - 8:54pm | 0 comments
"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a candid assessment of Venezuela’s opposition during a closed-door meeting in New York last week, saying that the opponents of President Nicolás Maduro are highly fractious and that U.S. efforts to keep them together have been more difficult than is publicly known."
by Army Times | Wed, 06/05/2019 - 8:05pm | 0 comments
"Congress wants to ensure special operations forces are being used for missions that fit their roles, leaving other tasks to conventional troops."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 06/05/2019 - 6:41am | 0 comments
"For nearly two months, this besieged North African capital of more than 1 million people has been ensnared in its worst episode of violence since the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi almost eight years ago."
by Voice of America | Wed, 06/05/2019 - 6:01am | 0 comments
In an apparent effort to sway Iran’s public opinion in favor of the regime’s involvement in Middle East conflicts, the Iranian government’s television channels are airing a video that glorifies a key anti-American Iraqi Shiite group.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 06/05/2019 - 5:45am | 0 comments
Ukraine's president said he is ready to negotiate with Russia to end the war in eastern Ukraine, but he also reaffirmed his country’s course toward NATO membership -- a move strongly opposed by Moscow.
by Associated Press | Tue, 06/04/2019 - 7:28pm | 0 comments
"U.S. and Philippine officials on Tuesday discussed a new program to thwart efforts by Muslim extremists to recruit and mobilize followers in the country’s south after a bloody siege by jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group."
by Foreign Policy | Tue, 06/04/2019 - 6:14pm | 0 comments
"As tensions with Washington rise, Tehran has discovered the Lebanese militia isn’t up for doing its dirty work."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 06/04/2019 - 9:36am | 0 comments
"The Kremlin on Tuesday denied having told the United States that it was pulling personnel out of Venezuela, contradicting a Twitter posting a day earlier by President Trump."
by Army Times | Tue, 06/04/2019 - 6:41am | 0 comments
"The Army finds itself in a strange in-between phase of warfare as it looks to meet and surpass its near-peer competitors while simultaneously emerging from two decades of counterinsurgency and counter terrorism warfare."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 06/04/2019 - 6:36am | 0 comments
"Facebook and Twitter each said on Tuesday they had disabled a sprawling disinformation campaign that appeared to originate in Iran, including two accounts on Twitter that mimicked Republican congressional candidates and may have sought to push pro-Iranian political messages."
by Voice of America | Mon, 06/03/2019 - 9:37pm | 0 comments
"Government forces in Syria have bombed a market in the country's northwest, killing at least four civilians, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Syria, Russia and Iran stop "bombing the hell out of Idlib province in Syria.""
by Foreign Policy | Mon, 06/03/2019 - 9:27pm | 0 comments
"A lens on the thousands of children detained in northeast Syria’s al-Hol camp and the unanticipated humanitarian crisis brought on by the fight against terrorism."
by Marine Corps Times | Mon, 06/03/2019 - 8:31pm | 0 comments
"Tunnels and underground threats have faced military leaders for centuries, if not millennia. But how Marines will tackle the problem is still in its infancy."
by The National Interest | Mon, 06/03/2019 - 8:28pm | 0 comments
"Wars require preparation and forethought about the post-conflict aftermath—that's something America didn't do when it withdrew from Iraq."
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 06/03/2019 - 8:16am | 0 comments
Via ZDNet - "We've been vying for the inside scoop on DARPA's latest robotics challenge since it was announced in late 2017. Teams are now getting a taste of what lies ahead in early integration exercises, and one thing's certain: This challenge will take robots where they've never gone before."
by Agence France-Presse | Mon, 06/03/2019 - 4:55am | 0 comments
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo worries that the Trump administration's soon-to-be-released Middle East peace plan will be considered "unworkable," and might not gain traction, US media reported on Sunday.
by Voice of America | Mon, 06/03/2019 - 4:21am | 0 comments
President Donald Trump is demanding Syria, Russia and Iran stop "bombing the hell out of Idlib province in Syria. "Trump said in a late Sunday tweet that the bombings are "indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 06/02/2019 - 7:26pm | 0 comments
"Hundreds of Syrian refugees have been arrested after returning home as the war they fled winds down — then interrogated, forced to inform on close family members and in some cases tortured, say returnees and human rights monitors."
by RAND Corporation | Sun, 06/02/2019 - 7:24pm | 0 comments
"The United States faces a number of actors who use a wide range of political, informational, military, and economic measures to influence, coerce, intimidate, or undermine its interests or those of its friends and allies. This brief summarizes a study that provided a clearer view of these adversarial measures short of conventional warfare and derived implications and recommendations for the U.S. government and military."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 06/02/2019 - 6:47pm | 0 comments
"Russia has withdrawn key defense advisers from Venezuela, an embarrassment for President Nicolás Maduro as Moscow weighs the leader’s political and economic resilience against growing U.S. pressure."