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by Defense News | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 7:26am | 1 comment
"President Donald Trump made the case for drawing down the number of American troops fighting overseas and boosting up those deployed along the southern U.S. border in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night."
by The New York Times | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:29am | 0 comments
"Venezuela’s opposition says it is preparing to deliver tens of millions of dollars in food and medicine to ease devastating shortages and undermine the authoritarian rule of Nicolás Maduro. But some major relief organizations are reluctant to cooperate, fearing the plan could turn humanitarian aid into a political weapon."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:28am | 4 comments
"Members of the Taliban and key Afghan power brokers, including former president Hamid Karzai, discussed their vision for the future of Afghanistan on Tuesday, meeting in Moscow for talks aimed at ending the war."
by Voice of America | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:21am | 0 comments
The Taliban is reported to have killed up to 40 government troops in separate attacks in northern Afghanistan as a controversial "intra-Afghan dialogue” began Tuesday in Moscow to debate a political resolution to the war.
by DoD News | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:15am | 0 comments
"No other region in the world is as dynamic, hopeful, challenging and dangerous as the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the Centcom commander told the Senate Armed Forces Committee today."
by The Los Angeles Times | Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"... I find myself wondering: If a proposed troop drawdown in Afghanistan qualifies as a “mistake,” then what term best describes a war that has cost something like a trillion dollars, killed and maimed tens of thousands, and produced a protracted stalemate? Disaster? Debacle? Catastrophe? Humiliation?"
by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:32pm | 0 comments
"A top military general told Senate lawmakers Tuesday that the Islamic State will be defeated in Syria and the terrorist group will not be capable of a resurgence after U.S. troops leave the country. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, made the comments before a Senate panel following weeks of controversial and conflicting plans from top officials from President Donald Trump’s administration on how U.S. troops will leave Syria."
by CNN News | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 3:11pm | 0 comments
"The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis. Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran."
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 8:14am | 0 comments
Today, SIGAR released an audit of Department of Defense (DOD)-funded efforts to procure 159 UH-60 helicopters to replace the Afghan Air Force's aging MI-17 helicopter fleet. Continue on for the key points and a link to the full report.
by Voice of America | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:43am | 0 comments
"The U.S.-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq Monday denied it faced a head-to-head encounter with the Iran-backed militia known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the Nineveh province of Iraq."
by The New York Times | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:22am | 0 comments
"Seven European Union countries on Monday recognized Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, turning decisively against President Nicolás Maduro after he refused their demand to schedule a new presidential election."
by Voice of America | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 4:22am | 0 comments
"Even as U.S.-backed forces close in on the very last pockets of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria, the terror group is unfazed, instead preparing to declare victory and retake territory."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 02/05/2019 - 4:02am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon has launched a major examination of civilian deaths in military operations, responding to criticism that it has failed to protect innocent bystanders in counterterrorism wars worldwide."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:56pm | 0 comments
"The president was asked about his position on the crumbling South American country this weekend during an interview with CBS' Face the Nation. The comments come after National Security Adviser John Bolton flashed a notebook suggesting 5,000 U.S. troops could be sent to respond to the crisis in Venezuela, and after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered all U.S. diplomats to leave the country, which the U.S. ignored."
by The Strategy Bridge | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:20pm | 0 comments
"The Mexican government is in a prolonged state of civil war with various cartels, and the state is losing. Rampant corruption from the local to federal level breaks down the fundamental principal-agent relationship between the government and its population, encouraging locals to turn to militias for protection. The militias are, in part, a result of widespread corruption as well as the Mexican military’s deterioration. Mexico’s military faces large numbers of desertions, while measures to provide security for its population continue to fail."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:41pm | 1 comment
"After more than 17 years of fighting, U.S. diplomats have been working with Taliban representatives at a breakneck pace to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan. The talks appear to be driven by President Donald Trump, who is eager to close out America’s costly foreign wars."
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 3:04am | 0 comments
"Taliban representatives will meet influential Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow for two days of peace building discussions starting Tuesday, but envoys from the Kabul government will not be in attendance."
by The New York Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:51am | 0 comments
"President Trump plans to keep United States troops in Iraq to monitor and maintain pressure on neighboring Iran, committing to an American military presence in the region’s war zones even as he moves to withdraw forces from Syria and Afghanistan."
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:57am | 0 comments
Trump said Sunday that a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is "an option." But in comments to CBS, he did not say what would prompt him to send in U.S. forces.
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:22am | 0 comments
"In Nigeria, an affiliate of the terrorist group has seized hundreds of square miles of territory and could disrupt a presidential election this month."
by Jerusalem Post | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:19am | 0 comments
"Iran’s Press TV boasted on Saturday that “Hashd al-Shaabi stop US military patrol in Iraq’s Mosul.” The Hashd – also called the Popular Mobilization Units – are a group of militias that have grown in the last several years in response to the ISIS attack on Iraq in 2014. Some of the militias, such as Badr, have deep roots in Iraq, with leaders who fought alongside the Iranians during the Iran-Iraq war."
by The Los Angeles Times | Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:17am | 0 comments
"A record 2,518 people were killed here in 2018 — nearly seven times the total in 2012. With 140 killings per 100,000 people, Tijuana is now one of the deadliest cities in the world. Across the border in San Diego, there were 34 homicides last year, or just over 2 killings per 100,000 people."
by Voice of America | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 2:00pm | 0 comments
"Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is expected to announce Sunday when humanitarian aid will be delivered to the crisis-ridden country. Guaido told supporters Saturday the opposition would start collecting humanitarian aid in Brazil, Colombia and an unnamed Caribbean island and called on the military to allow the aid into the country."
by Voice of America | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 1:05pm | 0 comments
"Philippine troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in fierce jungle fighting that left five soldiers and three militants dead, as the military pushed forward with a fresh offensive following a deadly church bombing last weekend."
by Defense News | Sun, 02/03/2019 - 9:04am | 0 comments
"If the U.S. Air Force takes two years to conduct a light-attack experiment — made possible in part by industry investments — and then abandons it, why should defense contractors buy into the next one? That was the question posed to the Air Force’s top uniformed acquisition official by one attendee of a Feb. 1 event held by the Air Force Association."