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by Voice of America | Tue, 02/04/2020 - 6:33am | 0 comments
Rights groups and experts say a leading commander of a Syrian Islamist armed group who was recently arrested in France was involved in torture and war crimes against civilians in Syria.
by The Modern War Institute | Tue, 02/04/2020 - 6:11am | 0 comments
"By recognizing how Krulak’s ideas have been distorted, we can begin to chart the ways in which the strategic-corporal developmental philosophy is still relevant on the modern battlefield as a means of addressing war’s increasing complexity."
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 02/04/2020 - 5:15am | 0 comments
Yahoo News UK: "The killers responsible for the 2017 attack all wore the vests, and their tactics seem to have influenced the later incidents…"
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 02/03/2020 - 5:14pm | 0 comments
"Turkey has launched ground and air attacks on Syrian troops after eight military personnel were shelled and killed in the north of the war-torn country, jeopardizing the Turkish leader President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s fragile security pact with Syria’s main ally, Russia."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/03/2020 - 10:51am | 0 comments
"The endless slog of peace talks to shutter the 18-year long war has precipitated a tit-for-tat escalation in violence between Taliban and U.S. and Afghan forces resulting in one of the bloodiest years of the conflict."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Mon, 02/03/2020 - 8:24am | 0 comments
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded "demonstrable evidence" from the Taliban that it will lower the violence level in Afghanistan before signing a deal that would lead to peace talks and a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
by The New York Times | Mon, 02/03/2020 - 7:41am | 0 comments
"It was one of the most shocking episodes of recent fighting in Libya, and the United Nations seemed determined to get to the bottom of it. A 13-page report published last week described in stark detail the bombing in July of a detention center in the town of Tajoura, near Tripoli, which killed 53 people, mostly African migrants."
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/03/2020 - 6:51am | 0 comments
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce Monday "fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offenses" following a stabbing incident in London.
by Associated Press | Mon, 02/03/2020 - 6:14am | 0 comments
"Nearly a month after Iran launched a rare direct military attack against United States forces in Iraq, an uneasy quiet has settled across the Mideast."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 02/03/2020 - 6:12am | 0 comments
"British police Sunday said they shot dead a man after two people were stabbed in south London in what U.K. authorities described as a terrorism-related attack."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 02/02/2020 - 9:10am | 0 comments
"In late December, President Trump’s aides had a decision to make about his long-delayed Middle East peace plan. Israel was headed for an unprecedented third set of elections, leaving an interim government running the country—and no consensus leader to serve as Washington’s partner on its peace plan."
by | Sun, 02/02/2020 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"Combatant commanders for Africa and Latin America made the case Thursday for more U.S. military, diplomatic and economic involvement in their regions, even as the Defense Department mulls troop drawdowns."
by The Hill | Sun, 02/02/2020 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"The New York Times, citing three current and former American officials, reported that the administration is confident that the al Qaeda leader, Qassim al-Rimi, was killed in a January airstrike in Yemen but has not yet confirmed the death."
by Al-Monitor | Sun, 02/02/2020 - 12:10am | 0 comments
"Turkey’s deployment of troops to war-torn Libya to head off the threat of private Russian military contractors threatens a significant escalation in the months-long conflict, the top US military officer in Africa said today."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 02/02/2020 - 12:07am | 0 comments
"Iraq’s president on Saturday appointed a former communications minister as the country’s new premier after months of political deadlock, drawing a backlash from protesters who see him as little different from the predecessor they forced to resign."
by Voice of America | Sun, 02/02/2020 - 12:05am | 0 comments
Arab foreign ministers pledged support Saturday for the Palestinian cause at an extraordinary summit in Cairo, criticizing the Trump administration's peace plan but taking no concrete action to oppose it.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sat, 02/01/2020 - 7:22pm | 0 comments
"European leaders have expressed sadness at the UK leaving the EU, with France's Emmanuel Macron emphasising Britain's 'unrivalled ties' with the French."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 02/01/2020 - 8:24am | 0 comments
Al Jazeera: "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russian air power, have made rapid advances in Idlib."
by Voice of America | Sat, 02/01/2020 - 7:16am | 0 comments
U.S. forces in northeast Syria again prevented Russian military convoys from touring near the Iraqi border on Friday, in what locals described as an increased escalation between both sides over freedom of navigation in the predominantly Kurdish region.
by Voice of America | Sat, 02/01/2020 - 6:38am | 0 comments
The Afghan Taliban’s turbulent negotiations with the United States on a peace deal have ground to a halt over differences on how to reduce insurgent violence.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 02/01/2020 - 6:10am | 0 comments
"Taliban and other enemy attacks in Afghanistan hit a 10-year high in the final quarter of 2019, U.S. data shows, the latest indication of the growing violence ravaging the country as Washington seeks to negotiate an exit."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 02/01/2020 - 6:08am | 0 comments
"The U.S. launched a recent drone strike against the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, although it wasn’t clear on Friday whether he was killed as a result, people familiar with the matter said."
by | Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:10pm | 0 comments
"Poor attention to base security left U.S. troops in Kenya vulnerable when the militant group al-Shabaab attacked, killing three Americans and destroying six aircraft, Army Gen. Stephen Townsend said Thursday."
by Associated Press | Fri, 01/31/2020 - 8:25am | 0 comments
"There has been an increase in Iranian activity in Afghanistan that poses a risk to American and coalition troops there, a senior U..S. commander said, as the threat from Tehran continues to churn across the Middle East."