Via SOF News - Every six months the Department of Defense provides to Congress a semiannual report entitled Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan. The report covers the events from the previous six months – in this case, from December to May 2019. The report states that the principal goal of the United States South Asia Strategy is to “. . . conclude the war in Afghanistan on terms favorable to Afghanistan and the United States.”
by Voice of America | Mon, 07/22/2019 - 5:00pm | 0 comments
The United States and Iran pushed full steam ahead, each country launching a new round of verbal volleys, as military tensions between Tehran and the West rose to new heights Monday.
by Jerusalem Post | Mon, 07/22/2019 - 3:43pm | 0 comments
Senior officer: "We are looking towards future challenges in the next war-tunnels and urban combat-which could be in Gaza, Lebanon or Syria."
by Associated Press | Mon, 07/22/2019 - 1:42pm | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump is meeting with Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, about ending America's longest war, the conflict in Afghanistan."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 07/22/2019 - 1:14pm | 0 comments
"Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-declared caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency the group is now waging across the central and northern part of the country, according to security officials."
by Voice of America | Sun, 07/21/2019 - 8:40pm | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump will press Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for assistance in advancing the peace process in Afghanistan when the two leaders meet at the White House on Monday in their bid to reset strained relations between the two countries.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:04pm | 0 comments
"Britain’s decision to seize an Iranian tanker off the coast of its overseas territory of Gibraltar earlier this month is fast snowballing, dragging the country deeper into an escalating crisis between Iran and the West."
by The New York Times | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 7:33pm | 0 comments
"The Army has failed to adequately train and equip the military bomb technicians and infantry troops who are increasingly accompanying American commandos on high-risk missions in war zones, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 6:36pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. government has taken custody of an American citizen suspected of fighting for Islamic State and is returning him from Syria to stand trial in the United States, officials said Thursday."
by Parameters | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:59am | 1 comment
The latest issue of 'Parameters' is now online, continue on for links to all the articles.
by The New York Times | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:15am | 0 comments
"Britain on Saturday threatened Iran that “there will be serious consequences” for seizing a British-owned oil tanker the previous evening as the government warned ships to avoid the crucial shipping lanes of the Strait of Hormuz."
by Associated Press | Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:14am | 0 comments
"Britain's foreign secretary said Iranian authorities seized two vessels Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, actions signaling an escalation in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint in tensions between Tehran and the West."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:41pm | 0 comments
Via C4ISRNET - “At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz,” read the statement from Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesperson. “A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached [USS] Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew”
by The New York Times | Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:13pm | 0 comments
"Iran said Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and the tanker’s owner said it had lost contact with the vessel as it appeared to be heading toward Iran. The British government said it was urgently seeking information about the incident."
by Associated Press | Fri, 07/19/2019 - 5:28am | 0 comments
"A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 5:42pm | 0 comments
"Guzmán may be gone, but the cartels are not. Gladys McCormick, an expert in Mexico’s political violence at Syracuse University, told Today’s WorldView in an email that while there are no longer any major drug lords to focus media or political attention on, cartels have shifted to a horizontal leadership akin to multinational corporations."
by Voice of America | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 4:06pm | 0 comments
"Iranian state television said Thursday forces from the country's Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign tanker accused of smuggling oil. The report said the vessel was intercepted Sunday in a section of the Strait of Hormuz south of Iran's Larak Island with 12 crew members on board."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 4:00pm | 0 comments
"BREAKING: President Trump said the drone came very close to the USS Boxer and ignored multiple calls to stand down."
Latest SIGAR Report - U.S. Poured Millions Into Afghanistan Drug Treatment Programs, it’s Unknown if they Made a Differenceby Military Times | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 3:30pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. poured more than $50 million into drug treatment programs in Afghanistan between 2013 to 2018 — but it’s unclear if the programs are making a difference, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 2:31pm | 0 comments
Continue on for links to the articles in the July 2019 issue of the 'Sentinel'.
by The New York Times | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 1:26am | 0 comments
"As talks with the Taliban proceed, soldiers and police officers reflect on the pain of making peace with a deadly nemesis."
by Voice of America | Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:48am | 0 comments
"The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces a public health emergency of international concern."
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:37pm | 0 comments
"Suspected nation-state hackers from Russia, Iran and elsewhere have launched nearly 800 cyberattacks against political organizations over the past year that have been detected by Microsoft Corp. , with the vast majority of the attempts targeting groups based in the U.S."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:54pm | 0 comments
This CSIS report addresses the options for staying in Afghanistan, for reaching a cosmetic or real form of peace, and for some form of unilateral withdrawal.