"In Yemen’s war, a Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States has been vilified for killing thousands of civilians with airstrikes, waging an economic war that has driven millions to the precipice of starvation, and allegedly torturing foes and critics in secret prisons. The criticism has gained more traction since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in October focused attention on Riyadh’s behavior and the coalition’s conduct in Yemen."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 12/31/2018 - 5:53pm | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 12/31/2018 - 10:35am | 0 comments
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' farewell message to all Department of Defense personnel, dated 31 December 2018.
by The New York Times | Mon, 12/31/2018 - 6:20am | 0 comments
"At a time when the conventional Afghan military and police forces are being killed in record numbers across the country, the regional forces overseen by the CIA have managed to hold the line against the most brutal militant groups, including the Haqqani wing of the Taliban and also Islamic State loyalists."
by Voice of America | Mon, 12/31/2018 - 4:02am | 0 comments
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State have killed over 1,000 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014. In a monthly civilian casualty report, the Coalition detailed confirmed deaths of 1,139 civilians in airstrikes conducted since the beginning of Operation Inherent Resolve between August 2014 and November 2018.
by The New York Times | Mon, 12/31/2018 - 3:51am | 0 comments
"Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a vocal Republican critic of President Trump’s plan for a 30-day troop withdrawal of American troops from Syria, suggested on Sunday that the pullout had been slowed and that he felt “a lot better” about it after a lunch with the president."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 12/30/2018 - 4:13pm | 0 comments
"When the United Arab Emirates began drawing up new plans earlier this year to launch a risky operation to seize Yemen’s most-important port from Iran-aligned fighters, it turned to the U.S. military for help. The response wasn’t what Emirati leaders were hoping for."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 12/30/2018 - 3:29pm | 0 comments
"President Trump is re-evaluating a rapid pullout of U.S. troops from Syria, an influential Republican senator said Sunday, signaling White House concerns that a withdrawal could allow Islamic State militants to regain a foothold in the country."
by Reuters | Sun, 12/30/2018 - 2:52pm | 0 comments
"With U.S. troops set to leave after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw them, residents fear others will rush to fill the vacuum, causing more upheaval: Syrian government forces have deployed nearby while Turkey is threatening its own assault on the city."
by SWJ Editors | Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:51pm | 0 comments
'Al Jazeera' - "The Taliban has rejected Kabul's offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the armed group, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet the United States officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader said."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 12/30/2018 - 10:07am | 0 comments
"The Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen has armed and financed local militias, including some with alleged links to Islamic extremists, that are now turning on one another in a competition for territory, wealth and control over the country’s future."
by Stars & Stripes | Sun, 12/30/2018 - 3:03am | 1 comment
"The challenges in sustaining the country’s police force, underscore some of Afghanistan’s deep dependencies on its foreign backers. Some analysts say it could take decades before the country’s defense and security forces can operate without substantial support from abroad."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 12/30/2018 - 1:11am | 0 comments
Turkey and Russia have agreed to coordinate "on the ground" in Syria following a planned U.S. troop withdrawal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said following a meeting with Turkish officials in Moscow.
by Voice of America | Sat, 12/29/2018 - 1:19pm | 0 comments
Yemen's Houthi rebels have started withdrawing from the port of Hodeida, a U.N. official said Saturday. Handing over control of Hodeida, a key lifeline for Yemen, was included in a U.N.-sponsored agreement signed in Sweden earlier this month.
by The Washington Post | Sat, 12/29/2018 - 12:52pm | 0 comments
"The forward momentum has all but stopped, the news has all been bad, and the country’s political future seems more uncertain than ever."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 12/29/2018 - 7:37am | 0 comments
"Syrian government forces moved to protect Syrian Kurds who are fighting Islamic State after the U.S. said it would withdraw its troops from the region and the Syrian Kurds said they feared an attack by Turkey."
by Voice of America | Sat, 12/29/2018 - 6:46am | 0 comments
Despite challenges on multiple fronts, Afghanistan seems more likely than at any time in recent history to come to a favorable political settlement, according to a report released this week by the Pentagon, which cited the effects of a recent military escalation coupled with diplomatic initiatives.
by The New York Times | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 9:00pm | 0 comments
"The United Nations has called the war in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. An intermittent blockade by the Saudis and their partners in the United Arab Emirates has pushed as many as 12 million people to the brink of starvation, killing some 85,000 children, according to aid groups."
by The New York Times | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 8:19pm | 0 comments
"Feeling betrayed by the United States, its Kurdish allies in Syria asked the Syrian government on Friday to protect them from possible attack by Turkey."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 7:36pm | 0 comments
"Syrian government forces entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years after a Kurdish-led militia said it invited Damascus to protect the town from the threat of a Turkish military offensive."
by National Public Radio | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 10:39am | 1 comment
Mary Louise Kelly Interviews General (Ret.) John R. Allen on NPR's All Things Considered.
by The Washington Post | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 8:16am | 0 comments
"President Trump’s Dec. 23 tweet promising a “slow and highly coordinated” withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria may ease the gnashing of teeth among officials and analysts in Washington, but it won’t end the criticism of his decision. That is precisely why the president should view the hullabaloo that erupted after he announced the Syrian pullout as an opportunity to take a number of steps to make the most of his essentially correct, but widely unpopular, move."
by Voice of America | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:13am | 0 comments
"The U.S. commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan traveled to Pakistan Thursday to discuss Afghan reconciliation efforts with Pakistan's military chief, officials said. Gen. Austin Scott Miller’s visit came amid reports of a possible U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan and a renewed push to negotiate peace with Taliban insurgents for ending the 17-year-old Afghan war."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:10am | 0 comments
"A week after President Trump directed the military to draw up plans to withdraw about half the U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan, military officials are walking a fine line detailing the future of the longest U.S. war in history."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 12/27/2018 - 9:33am | 0 comments
"When U.S. forces leave Syria, the plan is for troops from neighboring Turkey to take their place. One exception: a small, remote U.S. base in southern Syria that has made it more difficult for Iran to project power across the Middle East."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 12/27/2018 - 6:56am | 0 comments
"President Trump said he has no plans to withdraw American forces from Iraq, a week after announcing a surprise pullout of troops from Syria and ordering the Pentagon to bring home roughly half of the American forces deployed to Afghanistan."