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by The Washington Post | Sun, 06/02/2019 - 4:53pm | 0 comments
"Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan had a message for the White House: Politics and the military don’t mix."
by Voice of America | Sun, 06/02/2019 - 5:51am | 0 comments
"A child rehabilitation center in the Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria is hosting dozens of Islamic State (IS) child recruits in an effort to reform them back to normalcy."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 06/02/2019 - 4:35am | 0 comments
"Violent bomb blasts continued to shake Afghanistan as Taliban militants have rejected calls for a holiday truce."
by Associated Press | Sat, 06/01/2019 - 3:55pm | 0 comments
"Baghdad's Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the banks of the Tigris River was known as "Little America" following the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. It then became a hated symbol of the country's inequality, fueling the perception among Iraqis that their government is out of touch."
by National Defense Magazine | Sat, 06/01/2019 - 2:05pm | 0 comments
"To better understand new technologies and scientific efforts that could aid warfighters, the Army is connecting with industry and academia through its “Mad Scientist” initiative."
by The New York Review of Books | Sat, 06/01/2019 - 1:40am | 0 comments
"The books published about the war, by memoirists on either side, are written from the perspective of those who survived, and can manage to speak of its horrors. The dead, voiceless, keep to themselves. And what of the unborn? When I remember my uncle, it is to grieve for a man whom I never knew, forty years after his death."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 06/01/2019 - 12:10am | 0 comments
"The program, run by the local U.S.-backed Kurdish administration, aims to rehabilitate young, mostly Syrian former Islamic State fighters and help them reintegrate into society. Only a few such re-education programs are operating in Syria, where tens of thousands of former Islamic State militants and their families are being held in prisons or camps."
by The Modern War Institute | Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:16pm | 0 comments
"The case of Colombia offers not a shining success story but a cautionary tale of how the US military can assist a foreign military and a weak government in fighting a counterinsurgency to bring about peace."
by The United States Institute of Peace | Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:06pm | 0 comments
"Notably absent from the debate around peace in Afghanistan are the voices of those living in parts of the country that have borne the brunt of the fighting since 2001—particularly those living in areas under Taliban control or influence. This report provides insight into how Afghan men and women in Taliban-influenced areas view the prospects for peace, what requirements would have to be met for local Taliban fighters to lay down their arms, and how views on a political settlement and a future government differ between Taliban fighters and civilians."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:30am | 0 comments
Continue on for an introduction and a link to the full GGF 2030 Role of Cities in Global Governance Working Group report.
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 05/31/2019 - 1:03am | 0 comments
"Iran bears responsibility for recent drone attacks carried out by Houthi rebels on targets in Saudi Arabia, John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser, said Thursday."
by The Washington Times | Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:46am | 0 comments
"Iraq’s powerful and politically potent Shia militias are becoming a flashpoint in the escalating clash between the U.S. and Iran, with the Trump White House citing the militias’ rise — and the threat they pose to American forces — as a key justification for the recent military buildup in the Middle East."
by Associated Press | Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:35am | 0 comments
"Top U.S. and Russian diplomats discussed step-by-step implementation of a 2012 roadmap to U.N.-supervised elections in Syria that could allow a Syrian government “to move back into the international community,” the U.S. envoy for the war-torn country said Wednesday."
by The Center for a New American Security | Thu, 05/30/2019 - 1:31pm | 0 comments
"The defense establishment is enjoying a period of bipartisan agreement on the need to prioritize strategic competition with China and Russia. Recent strategies from both the Obama and Trump administrations have articulated this direction. In light of this fact, the critical question this report asks is: Has the Trump administration put resources behind its strategy? The answer is: Yes and no."
by The Modern War Institute | Thu, 05/30/2019 - 1:09pm | 0 comments
"If we are entering an era where military forces will increasingly be called upon to operate in cities (and we are), it follows logically that the Army should begin preparing for urban terrain. But a quick scan of the global contemporary operating environment reveals the extraordinary diversity of urban landscapes. So what types of cities should we focus on?"
by Voice of America | Thu, 05/30/2019 - 9:41am | 0 comments
"Rights groups are raising concerns about the lack of due process for hundreds of suspected IS fighters in Iraqi prisons as Baghdad this week condemned six French Islamic State members to death."
by The Strategy Bridge | Thu, 05/30/2019 - 1:36am | 2 comments
"Despite a net loss of territory in Iraq and Syria since January 2016, the Islamic State carried out complex attacks in Brussels and the Philippines and inspired other attacks in Turkey and Asia during the same months. The successful attacks suggest that the Islamic State’s ability to threaten U.S. interests will likely outlast its control of significant swaths of territory."
by Military Times | Thu, 05/30/2019 - 12:51am | 0 comments
"As the services work out of a funding and readiness hole brought on by the Global War on Terror and budget gridlock in Congress, both the Navy and the Air Force have signaled that they’d like to grow ― not just in end strength, but in ships and aircraft. But they should be wary of building that force structure without having enough training hours, maintenance dollars and quality leadership to operate them well..."
by Military Times | Thu, 05/30/2019 - 12:07am | 0 comments
"Though the Defense Department announced Friday that just under a thousand American troops would be heading to the Middle East specifically in response to concerns about Iran, they are only meant as a show of force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday."
by National Public Radio | Wed, 05/29/2019 - 2:07pm | 0 comments
"Drones are nothing new in the Middle East. U.S. intelligence agencies and the military have been using unmanned aerial vehicles in the region for well over a decade. But smaller drones have begun proliferating, and they are increasingly finding a role on the battlefield. It's the clearest sign yet, Waters says, of a new era of drone warfare."
by Military Times | Wed, 05/29/2019 - 1:13pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. appears to be stepping up airstrikes in northern Somalia’s Golis Mountains, where the country’s Islamic State affiliate and al-Shabaab have been battling for territorial control."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:55pm | 1 comment
Continue on for links to all the articles in the CTC's latest issue of the 'Sentinel'.
by National Defense University Press | Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:46am | 1 comment
"As the United States enters a new era of near-peer competition, current irregular warfare (IW) doctrine is insufficient to counter adversary irregular strategies intended to disrupt and degrade the Nation over time. China and Russia, Iran and North Korea, and violent extremist organizations (VEOs) have been using irregular methods, including information, cyber, drug, economic, and unconventional warfare, to avoid and offset U.S. conventional military advantages."
by Reuters | Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:18am | 0 comments
"The United States continues to be alarmed by Syrian government and Russian air strikes in northwest Syria and believes they are a “reckless escalation” of violence, the State Department said on Tuesday."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 05/29/2019 - 2:18am | 0 comments
"When members of the Taliban and Afghan politicians met Tuesday in the Russian capital for talks aimed at ending the war in their country, one face in particular stood out: Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and the head of its political office, who spoke publicly for the first time about the need for a peace deal."