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by The Daily Beast | Wed, 12/26/2018 - 8:49pm | 0 comments
On the 25th anniversary of the cartel chief’s death, his right-hand man reveals the Coke King’s secrets in an exclusive new series for The Daily Beast.
by Voice of America | Wed, 12/26/2018 - 8:04am | 0 comments
"Many parts of the region IS once controlled have been rebuilt, often by home and business owners who survived the war. International organizations, the government and local aid groups are also present, but frustration is growing at the slow pace. It has been a full year since Iraq declared victory over IS, but as attacks continue, residents say until the city is rebuilt, stability remains a distant dream."
by Reuters | Wed, 12/26/2018 - 2:25am | 0 comments
"Israeli war planes attacked with missiles unspecified targets near Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Tuesday and injured three Syrian soldiers, Syrian state media quoted a military source as saying."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 12/26/2018 - 1:12am | 0 comments
Turkey is determined to cross to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria as soon as possible, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on December 25, a day after Ankara sent reinforcements to the border with Syria.
by The Times | Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:34am | 0 comments
"For the first time in eight years, a Christmas tree towers over Abbasiyyin Square in Damascus. Three miles away, in the presidential palace, President Assad has much cause for festive cheer."
by National Defense University Press | Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"In their evolution of the MDB concept, Army and Marine senior leaders assume that U.S. special operations forces (SOF) will play a critical, albeit currently undefined, role. This is a valid assumption given the lessons learned from the past 15 years of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, not the least of which is the idea that conventional and SOF formations must operate in an integrated and interdependent manner in order to ensure success on the modern battlefield."
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 12/25/2018 - 8:54pm | 0 comments
"President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from east Syria, transferring the region to Turkish military control, goes beyond the wildest expectations of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 12/25/2018 - 7:47pm | 0 comments
“The death toll from an attack Monday on two government office buildings by heavily armed men rose to 43 people, Public Health Ministry officials said Tuesday.”
by The New York Times | Tue, 12/25/2018 - 7:03pm | 0 comments
“American fingerprints are all over the air war in Yemen, where errant strikes by the Saudi-led coalition have killed more than 4,600 civilians, according to a monitoring group. In Washington, that toll has stoked impassioned debate about the pitfalls of America’s alliance with Saudi Arabia under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who relies on American support to keep his warplanes in the air.”
by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 12/24/2018 - 6:55pm | 0 comments
"The mission for troops in Afghanistan continues as planned, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said amid reports of a partial pullout from the country, while speaking in front of hundreds of U.S. troops gathered at a USO celebrity holiday event Monday."
by Voice of America | Mon, 12/24/2018 - 5:23pm | 0 comments
Major players in and around Syria have started positioning their forces as discussions get under way on how to proceed once U.S. forces vacate the country and their fight against the last remnants of the Islamic State terror group's self-proclaimed caliphate. The pace of troop movements, along with diplomatic outreach, intensified Monday, the same day the Pentagon confirmed outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered U.S. troops to start leaving Syria, without elaborating.
by The Washington Post | Mon, 12/24/2018 - 5:32am | 0 comments
“Assad’s government is doubling down on the killing of political prisoners as the civil war heads toward its conclusion.”
by Voice of America | Mon, 12/24/2018 - 4:55am | 0 comments
In a tweet late Sunday, Trump said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "has strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria...and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right 'next door.' Our troops are coming home!" Trump added.
by The Washington Post | Sun, 12/23/2018 - 7:20pm | 0 comments
"The voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, is tight and controlled as he describes President’s Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the country and leave America’s allies to their fate."
by Military Times | Sun, 12/23/2018 - 2:11pm | 0 comments
"Just days after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced he would step down from that post in late February, President Donald Trump announced he would push the popular Cabinet member out even earlier."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 12/23/2018 - 11:43am | 0 comments
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced that Assadullah Khalid, the former head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), as the country's defense minister and Amrullah Saleh, also a former intelligence chief, as interior minister.
by The Washington Post | Sun, 12/23/2018 - 9:27am | 0 comments
"U.S. military and Afghan officials grappled Friday with President Trump’s order to pull nearly half of all American troops from Afghanistan, a move that will probably focus the war on one of the few military efforts the president says he cares about: counterterrorism."
by Voice of America | Sun, 12/23/2018 - 8:23am | 0 comments
Reactions are mixed to reports in the U.S. media that U.S. President Donald Trump is mulling over withdrawing within weeks roughly half of the more than 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
by The Council on Foreign Relations | Sat, 12/22/2018 - 11:13am | 0 comments
"The U.S. withdrawal from Syria removes the main obstacle to a Turkish campaign to eradicate Syrian Kurdish forces and could lead to a more dangerous phase of Syria’s civil war."
by The New York Times | Sat, 12/22/2018 - 10:34am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon is considering using small teams of Special Operations forces to strike the Islamic State in Syria, one option for continuing an American military mission there despite President Trump’s order to withdraw troops from the country."
by The Los Angeles Times | Sat, 12/22/2018 - 8:26am | 0 comments
Resignation letters can be rants. Meltdowns. But mostly they’re boilerplate. One job site advises quitters to be brief, not to burn bridges, and — this above all — “Don’t tell the whole truth in your exit interview.”
by The New York Times | Sat, 12/22/2018 - 4:35am | 0 comments
"Over the course of 24 extraordinary hours this week, 17 years of American military policy was thrown out the window as President Trump spurned his defense secretary’s plea to keep United States troops in Syria and began the long process of pulling out of Afghanistan."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 12/22/2018 - 3:18am | 0 comments
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by Voice of America | Fri, 12/21/2018 - 8:00pm | 0 comments
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously endorsed a deal for a cease-fire around the vital Yemeni port city of Hodeida. The agreement was reached last week during U.N.-led intra-Yemeni talks outside the Swedish capital.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 12/21/2018 - 6:16pm | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported plans to withdraw around 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, roughly half the remaining U.S. military presence there, has prompted much discussion about the impact the drawdown could have on the country.