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by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 10/01/2019 - 1:29am | 0 comments
"Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a grandiose military parade marking the 70th anniversary of Communist rule, a projection of strength as the country wrestles with a challenge from President Trump, while Hong Kong braced for another round of anti-Beijing protests."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Mon, 09/30/2019 - 4:45pm | 0 comments
CSIS Senior Adviser Mark Cancian annually produces a series of papers on U.S. military forces, including composition, new initiatives, long-term trends, and challenges. This first white paper in the series analyzes the strategy and budget context for building forces in FY 2020, criticisms of the strategy, budget and resulting force plans, and risks for sustaining force levels in the future.
by Associated Press | Mon, 09/30/2019 - 4:19pm | 0 comments
As Afghans await the results of a presidential election roiled by Taliban threats, the government used its platform at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to tell the insurgents: "Join us in peace, or we will continue to fight."
by Military Times | Mon, 09/30/2019 - 2:47pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. military said it launched retaliatory airstrikes targeting al-Shabab militants following the group’s brazen attack on a U.S. commando outpost."
by Military Times | Mon, 09/30/2019 - 10:10am | 0 comments
"Nearly 18 years after U.S. forces first dropped into Afghanistan, yet another administration is struggling to get out of the quagmire. And the struggle is not going well."
by Reuters | Mon, 09/30/2019 - 8:57am | 0 comments
"There are now up to 12,000 Chinese troops in Hong Kong, diplomats tell Reuters. Among them: members of the People’s Armed Police, a paramilitary force that answers to Xi Jinping."
by Associated Press | Mon, 09/30/2019 - 8:16am | 0 comments
"Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels on Monday launched two attacks on U.S. and European military targets, officials said."
by Voice of America | Mon, 09/30/2019 - 5:49am | 2 comments
A new class of foreign fighter is on the move, flocking by the thousands to a war zone, either looking for adventure or hoping to strike a blow for their cause, in ways that are increasingly getting the attention of Western intelligence officials.
by Voice of America | Sun, 09/29/2019 - 1:28pm | 0 comments
Afghan officials are counting votes after Saturday's presidential election that was held amid repeated threats by the Taliban and fear of post-election chaos. Better performance by electoral and security authorities notwithstanding, fears remain that disagreements on the result might engulf the country into a destabilizing fight for power.
by Reuters | Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:43am | 0 comments
"There is “no doubt” it would be easier to combat Colombia’s rebel groups if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were no longer in power, Colombia’s foreign minister said, amid accusations that Caracas is providing the groups with shelter."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:18am | 0 comments
"As the Trump administration tries to end the war, the Taliban prepare to return to power, threatening the country’s gains since 9/11 in education, economic development and women’s rights."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:03am | 0 comments
"Weekend violence suggests a large showdown on China’s national day Tuesday."
by National Public Radio | Sun, 09/29/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"Polls closed Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election amid reports of historically low voter turnout due to Taliban threats, chaos among candidates and flawed voting procedures."
by InSight Crime | Sun, 09/29/2019 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"The discovery of two drones in the department of Nariño has raised fears about what impact such technology could have on the current conflict in the southwest of Colombia."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 09/28/2019 - 6:57pm | 0 comments
"Meager numbers could find the election’s eventual winner trying to defend the legitimacy of the result."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sat, 09/28/2019 - 6:30pm | 0 comments
"Houthi rebels in Yemen say they have captured a large number of Saudi troops after a major attack near the border between the two countries."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 09/28/2019 - 7:44am | 0 comments
Via Al Jazeera - "While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi avoided any mention of Kashmir in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan's Imran Khan launched an extraordinary attack on his Indian counterpart."
by Associated Press | Sat, 09/28/2019 - 5:00am | 0 comments
"Japan has raised its caution level about North Korea’s missile capability, saying in a defense report that the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and had succeeded in making miniaturized warheads."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 09/28/2019 - 4:01am | 0 comments
"Afghanistan’s fourth presidential election is underway, a vote that many fear will be marred by violence and fraud. At thousands of polling centers across the country Saturday, Afghans lined up and cast ballots under heavy security."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 09/27/2019 - 4:30pm | 0 comments
Via IPI Global Observatory - "Since the emergence of protection of civilian (POC) mandates twenty years ago, there has been significant growth in the number of police deployed in United Nations peace operations. During this time, their tasks have become more complex and their work more central to mission exit strategies."
by Military Times | Fri, 09/27/2019 - 3:38pm | 0 comments
"A recent UN report claims that commercial and military night vision devices are being supplied to the Taliban in increasing numbers."
by Bloomberg News | Fri, 09/27/2019 - 2:31pm | 0 comments
"Saudi Arabia has agreed to a limited cease-fire in several areas of Yemen including the capital Sana’a, which is controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, as part of broader efforts to end a four-year conflict that has threatened to escalate into regional war."
by InSight Crime | Fri, 09/27/2019 - 1:48pm | 0 comments
"A 400-page document by Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas details the group’s elaborate plans to increase drug trafficking operations and attacks on the military, which may be possible in the group’s limited stronghold. But its long-held ultimate goal — to overthrow Peru’s government — is farfetched."
by Voice of America | Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:55am | 0 comments
A U.S. airstrike in Libya has killed at least 10 Islamic State fighters, an official has told VOA. It is the third U.S. strike this month against the terror group in the southwestern Libyan town of Murzuq.
by The Washington Times | Fri, 09/27/2019 - 12:35am | 0 comments
"The collapse of peace talks in Afghanistan has left the U.S. with few military options as intense fighting resumes, while the near complete lack of public and political support for an influx of ground troops means the Trump administration must search for new ways to put pressure back onto the Taliban."