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by The Modern War Institute | Sun, 08/11/2019 - 12:27am | 0 comments
"Cities matter. They matter for fighting climate change, for fighting pandemics, and, as the Urban Warfare Project continues to demonstrate, they matter for the future of fighting itself. The heightened importance of urban spaces results from demographic developments, with the global population advancing toward 70 percent living in urban areas by 2050, and from recent trends in terrorism, counterinsurgency and stabilization efforts."
by National Review | Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:51am | 1 comment
"The Taliban’s waiting game is finally about to pay off."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:37am | 0 comments
"The Taliban have left no doubt that they’ll try to overthrow the government if American forces leave."
by Institute for the Study of War | Sat, 08/10/2019 - 12:10am | 0 comments
The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham is not defeated despite the loss of the territory it claimed as its so-called ‘Caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria. It is stronger today than its predecessor Al Qaeda in Iraq was in 2011, when the U.S. withdrew from Iraq.
by Voice of America | Fri, 08/09/2019 - 1:09pm | 0 comments
Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, the country’s intelligence agency, released a new video showing its special forces attacking Islamic State sleeper cells in rural areas of Kabul Wednesday. The agency also said it arrested this week a key member of the terror group accused of coordinating suicide attacks and managing suicide bombers in the capital.
by Voice of America | Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:55am | 0 comments
The WFP says partial food aid to 850,000 people in Sana'a will resume next week, but the relief is not coming soon enough for many struggling to survive as the war heads into its sixth year. As the war rages, 13 million Yemeni civilians on the ground face starvation. U.N. officials say Yemen is suffering the world’s current largest humanitarian crisis and one of the largest man-induced famines in history.
by The New York Times | Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:13am | 0 comments
"Six days into negotiations that many expect will deliver a preliminary deal to end nearly two decades of United States military presence in Afghanistan, the last stretch is proving to be a difficult balancing act."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Thu, 08/08/2019 - 2:18pm | 2 comments
Continue on for links to all the new articles in the latest issue of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point's "Sentinel".
by SWJ Editors | Thu, 08/08/2019 - 1:53pm | 0 comments
Australian Strategic Policy Institute - "The insurgents’ seizure of Marawi was accompanied by a systematic IS propaganda campaign (online and offline) aimed at projecting an image of triumph and strength. The AFP engaged in active counter-messaging to undermine militants’ narratives, encompassing the online space as well as more traditional methods of messaging, such as leaflet drops, banners, and radio and loudspeaker broadcasts."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:23am | 0 comments
"A huge bomb outside a police station in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 14 people and injured nearly 150."
by Military Times | Thu, 08/08/2019 - 1:41am | 0 comments
"Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of U.S. Africa Command, visited Somalia on Wednesday and pledged to continue pressuring violent extremists such as al-Shabab."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:30am | 0 comments
"The row between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir has deepened with Pakistan's announcement that it was expelling India's top diplomat and suspending trade."
by Voice of America | Wed, 08/07/2019 - 8:05am | 0 comments
U.S. plans to keep just a residual force in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State may be on the verge of backfiring, with some military officials warning the strategy is giving the terror group new life.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 08/07/2019 - 6:46am | 0 comments
Afghan troops besieged by the Taliban for more than a week in a remote district of central Afghanistan are desperate for reinforcements and help.
by Military Times | Wed, 08/07/2019 - 6:26am | 0 comments
"Since about half of 2,000 special operations and other train-advise-assist forces returned to the U.S. in the spring, ISIS has been staging a comeback, according to an inspector general report from DoD, the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development released Tuesday."
by Associated Press | Wed, 08/07/2019 - 5:59am | 0 comments
"Turkey’s combative president is threatening to launch a military operation in northeastern Syria that is designed to push back U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish forces — an invasion that carries major risks for a highly combustible region in war-devastated Syria."
by Associated Press | Wed, 08/07/2019 - 5:03am | 0 comments
"The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said Tuesday."
by Al-Monitor | Tue, 08/06/2019 - 3:21pm | 0 comments
Turkey’s National Security Council said in a statement last week that a cross-border military crackdown on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq was “continuing successfully.” The statement stressed that operations Claw-1 and Claw-2, which began in late May and mid-July, respectively, would continue until Hakurk is “fully cleansed” of the PKK.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Tue, 08/06/2019 - 1:46pm | 0 comments
India's BJP-led government is hailing its decision to strip the state of Jammu and Kashmir of autonomy after seven decades, characterising it as the correction of a "historical blunder". The BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi explains why this has happened and why it's important.
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 08/06/2019 - 11:52am | 0 comments
"Diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and Iran-aligned forces have faltered, say people briefed on the talks, setting back United Nations attempts to prevent the four-year-old war from fueling broader regional conflict with Tehran."
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/05/2019 - 12:34pm | 3 comments
SWJ El Centro Fellow Dr. Max G. Manwaring has a new book out:"Confronting the Evolving Global Security Landscape: Lessons from the Past and Present".
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 08/04/2019 - 9:28pm | 0 comments
The U.S. peace envoy seeking to negotiate an end to the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan said Washington was ready to sign a "good agreement" with the Taliban. Continue on for more.
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Sun, 08/04/2019 - 11:49am | 0 comments
On Thursday, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its forty-fourth Quarterly Report to Congress. Continue on for the key take-aways.
by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/04/2019 - 10:51am | 1 comment
Plutocratic insurgency represents an emerging form of insurgency not seen since the late 19th century Gilded Age. It is being conducted by high net worth globalized elites allowing them to remove themselves from public spaces and obligations—including taxation—and to maximize their ability to generate profits transnationally.
by Al-Monitor | Tue, 07/23/2019 - 8:45am | 1 comment
"The Pentagon’s Special Operations Command — known as SOCOM — is looking into how brain trauma from the 17-year war on terror in the Middle East has impacted elite US troops."