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by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 11/14/2019 - 2:53pm | 0 comments
"The move comes a day after President Trump met with Turkish President Erdogan at the White House."
by Military Times | Thu, 11/14/2019 - 1:44pm | 0 comments
"U.S. airstrikes targeting Islamic State fighters in Libya in September knocked out nearly one-third of the group’s fighters, but U.S. officials aren’t sweating over a massive ISIS resurgence in the country."
by Associated Press | Thu, 11/14/2019 - 4:34am | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump and Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met Wednesday as relations between the NATO allies have fallen to their lowest point in decades, with Turkey drifting closer to Russia and facing a Washington backlash over its military offensive against Kurds in Syria."
by Voice of America | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 6:49pm | 0 comments
Israel called up reserve forces and stationed artillery on the border with Gaza. Speaking in parliament, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Islamic Jihad knew Israel would keep striking Islamic Jihad "with no mercy." Netanyahu also clashed with Arab parliament members, one of whom was forcibly removed from the room.
by Voice of America | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 4:24pm | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House for a second time at what is a low ebb in relations between Washington and Ankara.
by The New York Times | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:35am | 0 comments
"Former officials have said that Mr. al-Baghdadi could have ordered Ms. Mueller’s death because she had become a liability as he sought to avoid capture or death, but the American government has not publicly confirmed Umm Sayyaf’s account."
by Fox News | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:21am | 0 comments
"A select panel of elite U.S. military special operators offered their insights and warnings for American policymakers after the Delta Force raid in northern Syria that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October."
by Voice of America | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:34am | 0 comments
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits the White House for talks Wednesday with U.S. President Donald Trump, with the two leaders likely to discuss Turkey's incursion in northern Syria and its purchase of a Russian air defense system.
by The Diplomat | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:13am | 0 comments
"More than 40 days after the pivotal presidential election, we’re still unsure how many votes were cast - not to mention who the victor is."
by Associated Press, by Military Times | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:19am | 0 comments
"At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and prevent the extremists from resurging or breaking out of prisons."
by Associated Press | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:16am | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump said Tuesday that America now has its eye on a new Islamic State leader, telling the Economic Club of New York that “we know where he is.”"
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"Nothing remains to be said about the American abandonment of Syrian Kurdistan. But what about Europe?"
by Voice of America | Tue, 11/12/2019 - 6:54pm | 0 comments
Despite major setbacks in recent years, the al-Qaida terror group seems to remain resilient and is slowly rebuilding its capabilities in many conflict-ridden countries around the world, while the world's focus is on the Islamic State (IS), experts warn.
by Voice of America | Tue, 11/12/2019 - 4:08pm | 0 comments
Turkey's October military intervention into Syria is increasingly straining relations with its regional allies and neighbors, but the country is pushing back against mounting criticism of its Syrian incursion.
by The New York Times | Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:12am | 0 comments
"The killings were a reminder of the stubborn threat of communist insurgents in rural areas of the Philippines."
by Voice of America | Tue, 11/12/2019 - 7:40am | 0 comments
Taliban will release two Western hostages they have held for three years in return for the Afghan government releasing three senior Taliban leaders, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday morning.
by Breaking Defense | Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:33am | 0 comments
"Our elite close combat forces are outnumbered. As a national priority we must increase the numbers of those capable of doing these hazardous jobs by transferring the skills of JSOC warriors to Army and Marine conventional infantrymen."
by Associated Press | Mon, 11/11/2019 - 5:12pm | 0 comments
"The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says about 500 or 600 U.S. troops will remain in Syria to counter Islamic State fighters."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 11/11/2019 - 4:15pm | 0 comments
"Western countries have been slow to accept the militants but Ankara says it isn’t ‘a hotel’ for foreign extremists."
by World Politics Review | Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:51am | 0 comments
"Much like in Libya, where the activities of the Wagner Group have also recently grabbed headlines, the Kremlin’s global business model as applied in Mozambique is predicated on moving fast, breaking things and capitalizing on the failure of autocratic regimes to govern and secure their own territory."
by Association of the United States Army | Mon, 11/11/2019 - 5:03am | 0 comments
"The U.S. faces a complex strategic environment: ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the global war against al-Qaida and its ilk; a seething war in Syria; unrest in Libya and other parts of Africa; Russia-induced instability in Eastern Europe; a rising China and defiant Iran; an unrepentant North Korea still in control of its nuclear weapons; and worried allies."
by The Washington Examiner | Mon, 11/11/2019 - 4:53am | 0 comments
"Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said the 18-year mission in Afghanistan is not over. American troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001 following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 more than 18 years ago. Some of the soldiers carrying out U.S. military operations in Afghanistan today were not born yet when the twin towers fell."
by Associated Press | Sun, 11/10/2019 - 2:55pm | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump's national security adviser says Trump will confront Turkey's leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet Wednesday at the White House."
by ABC News | Sun, 11/10/2019 - 2:07pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. Army Reserve and the Smithsonian are partnering to establish a modern-day "Monuments Men" program, reviving a cultural preservation effort that has its roots in World War II."
by Voice of America | Sun, 11/10/2019 - 1:06pm | 0 comments
U.N. monitors report scores of civilians are being killed and wounded, and thousands are fleeing their homes as violence and human rights abuse escalate in northern and northeastern Syria.