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by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 04/07/2019 - 4:06pm | 1 comment
"The U.S. military said it pulled a small contingent of American forces from Libya as the country teetered on the brink of full-scale civil war, with fighting continuing around the capital Tripoli."
by The New York Times | Sun, 04/07/2019 - 2:07pm | 1 comment
"How to square this kind of deep loyalty to the armed forces and high public support with a long record of failures?"
by The Washington Post | Sun, 04/07/2019 - 7:44am | 1 comment
"A renegade militia seeking to storm its way into Libya’s capital battled for control of the international airport Saturday in a showdown that threatened to spill into bloody urban combat in the streets of Tripoli."
by Military Times | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 11:06pm | 0 comments
"Mountain Home Air Force Base’s use of nine southern Idaho cities for urban close-air support training has run into a stumbling block. Seems some Idaho residents don’t like it at all."
by The New York Times | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 8:48pm | 0 comments
"Mindfulness — the practice of using breathing techniques, similar to those in meditation, to gain focus and reduce distraction — is inching into the military in the United States and those of a handful of other nations."
by Reuters | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 6:40pm | 0 comments
"The United States is expected to designate Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps a foreign terrorist organization, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has labeled another country’s military a terrorist group."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 10:43am | 0 comments
"Fighter jets for Libya’s U.N.-backed government targeted forces of a renegade commander Saturday in attempts to stop his advance on the Libyan capital in a showdown that threatened to spill into bloody urban combat."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 9:18am | 0 comments
"World powers and the United Nations have condemned fresh fighting in Libya as rebel forces from the east of the country march on the capital."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 8:51am | 1 comment
"When is the United States on the sidelines, and when is it at war? That question is at the heart of the debate over an unprecedented congressional challenge to the Trump administration’s support of Persian Gulf nations mired in Yemen’s civil war."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 7:52am | 0 comments
From the staff at Geopolitical Futures - "The Syrian civil war brought tunnel technologies to Bashar Assad’s forces. It’s something Israel may want to keep in mind as it pushes a 'safe zone' farther into Syrian territory."
by Foreign Policy | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 7:48am | 1 comment
"Officials say it's time to shift diplomatic resources to countering China and Russia."
by Military Times | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 7:47am | 0 comments
"Coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State dropped off considerably in February, as the campaign to oust the militant group from its last strongholds in Syria reached its final stages."
by Army Times | Sat, 04/06/2019 - 7:42am | 0 comments
"Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will case their colors and deploy to Ukraine within days."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 04/05/2019 - 2:57pm | 0 comments
Via 'Americas Quarterly' - "Traditional mafia-busting tactics could help solve the crisis in Venezuela ." H/T Andrew Gibbons
by Voice of America | Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:57pm | 0 comments
"The U.N. Human Rights Office says more than 20,000 civilians in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State have been forced to flee their homes in recent weeks in the face of escalating fighting between the Myanmar military and the ethnic Rakhine Arakan Army."
by Associated Press | Fri, 04/05/2019 - 6:23am | 0 comments
"In a statement Thursday, the Pentagon said the investigating officer will do a 'new, narrowly-scoped review' and give Shanahan recommendations on whether the reprimands already made were appropriate. The officer’s name was not released."
by InSight Crime | Fri, 04/05/2019 - 6:15am | 1 comment
"FARC dissident commander Miguel Botache Santillana, alias “Gentil Duarte,” is leading a movement to unite Colombia’s former FARC fighters into a single fighting force — and he may well succeed."
by Military Times | Fri, 04/05/2019 - 5:47am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon is upping the official estimate on the number of U.S. troops in Iraq who were killed by Iranian-backed militias, now putting that number at at least 603. Officials previously said that Iran was linked to the deaths of roughly 500 troops. That means roughly one in every six American combat fatalities in Iraq were attributable to Iran."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 04/04/2019 - 8:34pm | 0 comments
"The House voted Thursday to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war, denouncing the Saudi-led bombing campaign there as worsening an already dire humanitarian crisis and sending the measure to President Trump for his expected veto."
by Military Times | Thu, 04/04/2019 - 8:14pm | 0 comments
"The Air Force awarded the Gallant Unit Citation to the 74th Fighter Squadron out of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, March 14 for its combined actions during close-air support missions against the Islamic State group in Syria."
by The New Yorker | Thu, 04/04/2019 - 4:02pm | 0 comments
"In Washington and other Western capitals, the territorial defeat of ISIS, which for years was considered the greatest threat to global security, will almost certainly be studied as a model for future counterterrorism operations."
by Military Times | Thu, 04/04/2019 - 3:52pm | 1 comment
"The nominee to lead U.S. Africa Command has dealt with Russian mercenaries before during his time in Syria, and is planning to look into their operations on the African continent in his new role."
by Reuters | Thu, 04/04/2019 - 3:33am | 0 comments
"NATO can look at the possibility of other Latin American states joining Colombia in becoming alliance partners, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, while appearing to rule out U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Brazil could one day become a full member of the North Atlantic security body."
by Foreign Policy | Thu, 04/04/2019 - 1:06am | 0 comments
"While Washington celebrates victory, the Islamic State is regrouping, and the Assad regime is letting it happen."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Thu, 04/04/2019 - 1:01am | 0 comments
"Ukraine says two of its soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine."