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by Voice of America | Sat, 08/24/2019 - 4:30pm | 0 comments
Syrian state media report that government forces now control all of northern Hama province for the first time since 2012 and that they have encircled a Turkish military monitoring post in the town of Morek. Turkish President Erdogan says that he will discuss the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet next week.
by Al-Monitor | Sat, 08/24/2019 - 3:38pm | 0 comments
"Iraqi authorities are investigating the source of attacks on four weapons storage facilities in the past month belonging to the country's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militia. The most recent explosion on Aug. 20 once again prompted accusations of possible US and Israeli involvement."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 08/24/2019 - 4:40am | 0 comments
Via C4ISRNET - "Countries around the world will increasingly operate on the drone axis, developing capabilities to both employ and combat against drones."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 08/24/2019 - 3:32am | 0 comments
"India’s decision to sideline Kashmiri political leaders as it enforces a military lockdown has left many locals wondering how their Muslim-majority state will mesh with an increasingly Hindu-dominant India."
by Marine Corps Times | Sat, 08/24/2019 - 2:44am | 0 comments
"On Aug. 1, 2016, a large-scale operation to push ISIS fighters out of the embattled Libyan city of Sirte was launched. The fight, dubbed Operation Odyssey Lightning, would include support from attack helicopters and Harriers embarked with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and fires from the 5-inch gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Carney."
by Voice of America | Fri, 08/23/2019 - 5:15pm | 0 comments
The State Department says it will assess its programming and redirect all funding on foreign aid, after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned plans to cut $4 billion in spending on the grounds that it was wasteful and unnecessary.
by The United States Institute of Peace | Fri, 08/23/2019 - 3:01pm | 0 comments
"Given the price Afghans have paid and continue to pay, one might assume that they would eagerly welcome and accept any deal that brings an end to the ongoing war. But is that really the case and is it really that simple?"
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 08/23/2019 - 7:28am | 0 comments
"Decision follows similar moves by Twitter and Facebook, with concern that China is trying to discredit pro-democracy demonstrators."
by Associated Press | Fri, 08/23/2019 - 7:20am | 0 comments
"A United States envoy and the Taliban resumed negotiations Thursday on ending America’s longest war."
by Associated Press | Thu, 08/22/2019 - 6:16pm | 0 comments
"The head of Iraq’s paramilitary forces supported by Iran on Thursday walked back a statement by his deputy the day before in which he blamed Israeli drones and held the U.S. responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militias."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:40am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration has moved to pull back troops from conflict zones like Syria and Afghanistan. But here at Al Udeid, home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East, there is no sense of retreat."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 08/22/2019 - 4:02am | 0 comments
"Iranian-backed militias in Iraq warned Wednesday that foreign aircraft flying over the country may be treated as “hostile” amid growing suspicions that Israel is responsible for mysterious explosions at militia bases."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 08/22/2019 - 2:07am | 0 comments
"Powerful lieutenant of President Nicolás Maduro discussing elections in return for safety guarantees."
by Breaking Defense | Wed, 08/21/2019 - 5:24am | 0 comments
"The Army wants to expand its fledgling cyber branch into an information warfare force that can do everything from jamming insurgent radio stations to fighting Chinese cyber espionage and to protecting US elections from online subversion."
by Voice of America | Tue, 08/20/2019 - 6:25pm | 0 comments
The fate of a much-anticipated peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban is hanging in the balance after both adversaries in Afghanistan's 18-year-old war said they still have “some details” to discuss.
by Military Times | Tue, 08/20/2019 - 5:51pm | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump vowed he will bring home some — but not all — of the U.S. military force currently deployed to Afghanistan, amid reports of ongoing negotiations with Taliban leaders on an end to the nearly 18-year-old war."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 08/20/2019 - 3:36am | 0 comments
"The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 63 and wounded nearly 200 people at a wedding in Kabul over the weekend, signaling the group’s enduring reach and underscoring one of the challenges to a U.S. and Taliban peace negotiation."
by Foreign Policy | Tue, 08/20/2019 - 2:30am | 0 comments
"A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest."
by Associated Press | Tue, 08/20/2019 - 2:11am | 2 comments
"The head of U.S. Southern Command says military officials are focusing on preparing for 'the day after' once 'isolated' Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro leaves power."
by Associated Press | Mon, 08/19/2019 - 4:09pm | 0 comments
"A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan."
by Voice of America | Mon, 08/19/2019 - 3:15pm | 0 comments
The fate of a much-anticipated peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban is hanging in the balance after both adversaries in Afghanistan's 18-year-old war said they still have “some details” to discuss.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 08/19/2019 - 2:04pm | 0 comments
"A Syrian government air strike aiming to stop a Turkish convoy reaching a rebel-held town in northern Syria has killed three civilians, Turkey alleges."
by Voice of America | Mon, 08/19/2019 - 1:19pm | 0 comments
Ashraf Ghani's comments Monday, on Afghanistan's centennial Independence Day, come as the South Asian country is still recovering from the shock of a bombing at a wedding late Saturday that killed at least 63 people, including children, and wounded 183.
by Long War Journal | Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:40am | 0 comments
"As the US government pushes for a deal with the Taliban that will pave the way for the withdrawal of US forces, the Taliban continues to promote the training of its fighters and attacks on Afghan and Coalition forces."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Mon, 08/19/2019 - 12:37am | 1 comment
"For all the furor over Iran and the Gulf, or Britain and Brexit, the most important foreign news of the month is what would normally be a relatively obscure Chinese official document: China’s National Defense in the New Era. This White Paper was issued on July 22nd in both Chinese and English. Unlike China’s previous defense white papers — the most recent of which came out in 2015 and was blandly reassuring to the point of being vacuous — the new White Paper picks up the gauntlet that the U.S. threw down in its 2017 National Security Strategy and in 2018 National Defense Strategy."